Design and Display
The Motorola Charm from T-Mobile has a very familiar design, a rectangular phone with slightly curved corners, a QWERTY keyboard covering the bottom half of the phone and the other half a wide, but small display screen. At first glance, many would say it is designed just like a BlackBerry and it's hard to argue that fact. This is quite a unique design for a smartphone using Google's Android OS. Other Motorola smartphones such as the Droid and Droid X have large, vibrant screens covering the entire phone, while the Motorola Charm has a tiny 2.8 inch touch screen.
On the back of the phone is Motorola's new 'Backtrack' navigation pad, first introduced with the AT&T Motorola Backflip. It's a small navigational pad on the back of the phone that you can use to swipe and tap without having to block your screen. It's an innovative idea, but ultimately fairly useless, unless your fingers manage to block the entire screen.
Underneath the smaller display screen are the usual touch sensitive buttons found on most other Android phones, menu, home and back. Beneath them is the full QWERTY keyboard. The Motorola Charm's keyboard actually feels larger and more spacious than BlackBerry QWERTY keyboards, and is slightly shifted to the left, which takes a bit of adjustment. The slight shift is due to the addition of directional keys on the keyboard as well as shortcut buttons for your messages, the camera and search.
Going around the phone, the volume rocker and micro USB for charging are located on the left, the power and lock along with the 3.5 mm headphone jack are located on the top, and on the back resides the 3 megapixel camera and the Backtrack navigation pad. All in all, solidly built and follows the tried and true design for ease of use. No big surprises with buttons being in weird places.