Motorola Bravo Review

The allegiances are evident enough through out the landscape of wireless handsets. When it comes to Motorola, the Verizon network is sure to receive the most lovely higher end handset powered by Android. Motorola has kicked off its venture with the open platform provided by AT&T. it paved thanks to the mid range handset, the BACKFLIP which was released in the beginning of 2010. Recently the company also released the FLIPOUT model. Right now, Motorola is releasing a new handset named Motorola Bravo which is the first complete slate Android powered handset for the AT&T network. It definitely requires some flashiness in order to stand out of the large number of mid range AT&T handsets line up.

Specifications

Dimension 4.31 x 2.48 x 0.52 inches
Weight 128 grams
Operating system Android 2.1, Éclair
Processor 800 MHz TI OMAP 3610 processor
Interface MOTOBLUR
Display 3.7 inches,. Capacitive touch screen, 480 x 854 pixel resolution, 16 million color support
Camera 3 mega pixel resolution, auto focus, 352 x 288 pixel videos at 27 fps
Memory 8 GB internal storage, micro SD card slot of up to 32 GB
Connectivity Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, Wi-Fi with DLNA, micro USB port, 3.5 mm audio jack
Battery 1540 mAh, 6.8 hours talk time, 238 hours stand by time

Design

The Bravo shares most of the design elements from the company’s Defy handset. It is evident when looking at both the handsets side by side. The design is opposed to ruggedness. It has a more casual design with metal finished bezel and soft touch coating. These textures contrast each other excellently. It is not too impressive to look at but the handset is well balanced and the construction is quite solid. The one aspect which isnot a mid range aspect in the hardware is the display. The Bravo sports a 3.7 inch touch screen display with a high native resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. It supports about 16 million colors. It is quite crisp and bright to look at. It is an expected surprise offered by the device as it provides stunning clarity, good viewing angles and savory colors. It is responsive enough to register even subtle touches accurately. There are three capacitive buttons beneath the display. The search button is missing which is gripe. The volume rocker is not too good as it is thin and requires a very firm press in order to get activated. The power button is sufficiently raised and offers a distinctive feel. The back side of the handset has the 3 megapixel camera lens and the speaker grills. The battery cover conceals the SIM card slot as well as the micro SD card slot.

Interface

The Bravo uses the Éclair operating system, Android 2.1 version. This is quite annoying as the other recent smartphones using the Android platform have started upgrading to the Froyo version. It has an 800 MHz processor which is quite ideal in showing some responsiveness when the user is navigating around the home screen and when launching certain specific applications. Some of the users may not prefer the updated MOTOBLUR interface. It offers a customized experience due to the integration of social networks with the other features. If the shortcoming of the relaying on the lower version of Android is overcome, then the experience offered by the interface is unhindered. It offers the normal array of features that are accustomed to the open platform.

Camera

The Bravo packs a 3 mega pixel camera with the auto focus feature. It has a sufficient quality to produce decent pictures. The images look neutral with enough details and color tones. The images that are taken under low light conditions appear with less clarity and with muddy details. However, the colors are still neutral in tone. The camcorder can record videos with a maximum resolution of 352 x 288 pixels. This is little disheartening for a mid range handset. The videos exhibit little details. These are recorded with a frame rate of 27 fps.

Multimedia

The Bravo uses the stock music player of Android. This player is quite functional in playing the tunes. The speaker quality is more than the deafening level at the maximum loudness setting. It produces some screechy tone which is unpleasant to tolerate at certain times. The display produces crisp videos of high quality. The Bravo is a handset which is highly suitable for video watching. The videos are played with good amount of details and vibrant colors. The handset is capable of playing high definition videos fluidly.

Performance

The handset exhibits decent and reasonable call quality on both the ends. The voices sound distinct but there is some low tone interference from the earpiece. This however does not impact the subtle overall experience. The noise cancellation microphone performs well with many voice quality options that ca be chose as per the comfort level. This will let the callers to hear the voices better. The output produced by the speaker phone is quite strong with deep tones. The handset maintains a strong connection with the network thus resulting in no dropped calls. The battery life is average with a life of 8 hours on normal usage.

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