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Motorola CHARM MB502 Bronze 3G Unlocked GSM Phone w/ Android 2.1 / 3 MP Camera / Wi-Fi

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the build quality and GPS navigation. The responsiveness and connectivity also get good opinions, whereas views about the usability and screen are different. Some have doubts about the camera and portability.

value for money, connectivity, responsiveness, GPS navigation, build quality

battery, portability, camera

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Motorola CHARM MB502 Bronze 3G Unlocked GSM Phone w/ Android 2.1 / 3 MP Camera / Wi-Fi is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Phone has all i require plus extras

 

Could not be happer in my less than 130dollar phone. This thing has TMobile 3G (not ATT). There is an FM radio, Shoutcast internet radio, Slacker radio, dozens of apps, and access to the Android market, basic camera. It replaced my aging blackberry....

solid feel qwerty keyboard ; fully T-Mobile supported account ; great feature set in an economical Android phone ; all operations are sufficiently responsive on this phone

takes getting used to. you have to re-learn where things are, and how to navigate on the phone if you are familiar with a blackberry. some functions take more steps to execute - I am still teaching myself how to find function shortcuts and to...

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Caution - Do your research before you buy!

 

Do your homework before you buy this phone! I needed and Android based device with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS but did not need it to access any cellular network so I picked up one of these when they were on special. For what I need it to do it works...

Cheap Android based device ; Probably good if you have T-Mobile ; If you can get this phone to work for you it's not a bad little Android device. The screen resolution is not as high as current standards but is usable for most applications. The...

Not as "unlocked" as you might think (read other reviews) ; Permanently T-Mobile branded ; Requires SIM card to use at all ; Requires registering for a MOTOBLUR account to use at all ; Photos do not show the device exactly as you will receive it ; The...

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Sucks

 

I like the size and weight of this phone. but it was a total waste for me I will not use it, looking for another replacement now.

fast shipping, I thinkm they are trying to move this phone ; quickly. As a "Unlocked phone" this one is still a T-mobile ; phone. Its branded for life

Battery life is the worst I have ever had. not even 3 hours, and i was just trying to learn the phone. I fully charged it before i installed the SIM card. Charged it like 3 times in one day just few text msg and mainly playing in the settings. The...

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Not great..

 

In general, I would not recommend this phone. In this world of touch screen phones, I yearned for one that had the same great features but with a keyboard and a decent price - and this is not good enough.

Price - The price was definitely a big part of it for me; I also liked the idea of a physical keyboard with the Android Operating System ; Keyboard/Touch Combo - I think it's an awesome idea and it really felt natural and fluid using it

Screen - the screen is very low quality, which I read in some other reviews but it really does have some bad viewing angles and it kind of ruins the whole experience for me ; Keyboard - I loved the idea of an Android/Blackberry mash-up but it didn't...

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Motorola Charm MB502

 

Phone is nothing but trouble unless you are T Mobile. Now what do I do with a phone Newegg will not refund and will not work on my ATT carrier as advertised?

Lots of features for the price. Great phone if you are a T Mobile customer

Not really unlocked. This phone has T Mobile firmware. Yes it will function on ATT but there are lots of incompatibilities. I sent the first one back to Newegg for replacement since after 4 hours of tech help with ATT and Motorola they were not able to...

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Excellent phone (for 100 bucks)-only 175MB internal memory

 

NOT included: Usb data cable, SD (only charger and phone) TO root: (under your own risk) i use:SuperOneClickv1.6.5-ShortFuse more info: http://shortfuse.org/ link2SD used to install apps in SD (root first) Is not a great camera 3MP but.. its ok. Works...

Android 2.1 (eclair), Great qwerty keyb for texting ; Good quality feeling ; Unlocked ; Works in Telcel (mexico) ; Good display ; Not in the specs but supports SD-HC cards (4gb insalled) ; You can update the Agps data with wifi and speed up for a days...

Only 175 MB in internal memory and 100 is used by SO, ...75MB free for apps ; You need a data connection for set-up motoblur, i used wifi (one time required) ; You need a SD to use the camera and others apps ; You CAN'T install apps in SD, need rooting...

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Great cheap upgrade

 

It took much trial and error to set this up. I wanted to use it with ATT voice plan without data. (You must delete all APNs). The wifi will still allow you to read emails, surf web and download android apps. The camera has GPS tagging and the...

Nice keypad, solid construction, cheap price, wi-fi, nice size and shape, android apps, works w/o data plan, GPS and maps

difficult setup, battery life (about 12 hours), low resolution screen, USAA app not compatible

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Good bang for the buck

 

I did some research and bought one for my son, and have one for me now. He's a hard core texter, and former qwerty phone user from the big name vendors. He wanted droid with the power of texting. He seems to love this phone, is able to get...

Bang for the buck, you get a lot for the price ; Good build quality ; Good full qwerty keyboard ; Android 2.1 ; Wi-Fi calling if you have a T-Mobile sim

Internal memory, while specs say plenty - is mostly full with software you can't uninstall ; Battery life: But it is after all a smartphone, there are apps to address this ; Screen size a tad small for browsing, though double tap lets you zoom in

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apparently not unlocked

 

didn't accept at&t go phone SIM card "INVALID SIM CARD". I'm now questioning whether this phone is indeed unlocked. (it wasn't a 3D SIM card, does that matter).

inexpensive android phone

apparently not as "unlocked" as advertised. Would be more helpful if the types of compatable SIM cards would be better communicated

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Motorola MB502

 

Nice little phone does everything I need it to, setting up was a breeze, installed my Rodgers Sim card. Pressed the one button... configured in 10 mins. Done Highly reccemended.

Simple straight forward set up, UNlocked, Android 2.1

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