As the Bravo is from AT&T, the carrier also bundled in a few AT&T-specific apps. AT&T Family Map lets you track your family members' phones for a monthly fee ($9.99 for two devices and up, $14.99 for five devices) provided their phones are compatible with the service; AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots lets you find the nearest AT&T hot spot; AT&T Maps/Navigator is an alternative to the Google Maps service, but it does cost $9.99 for the turn-by-turn directions; and AT&T Music lets you purchase and download songs via the AT&T Music catalog. You also get AT&T Radio and Mobile Video.
Further on the entertainment feature list is DLNA support, which lets you wirelessly share media files to other DLNA-supported devices over Wi-Fi. The phone also comes with MobiTV, the usual Android music player, and a Media Share app. For the music and video player, the Bravo has a microSD card slot that can take up to 32GB cards for additional media storage. The Bravo supports AAC, H.264, MP3, MPEG-4, WMA9, eAAC+, AMR NB, and AAC+ media formats.
Other apps included with the phone are Where, YP Mobile, Social Networking, Motorola's Phone Portal that lets you manage your phone's contents on the PC, Quick Office, and Mobile Banking. You can get more via the Android marketplace of course. As for the Web browser, it's the usual Android Web kit browser bundled with Adobe's Flash Lite 3. We like that it displays full HTML Web pages, though it can get pretty choppy when scrolling through graphic-heavy Web sites.
The Bravo's phone features are fairly standard. They include a roomy phone book and each contact can be associated with multiple numbers and e-mail addresses, a photo, a street address, and more. It also has voice mail, caller groups, voice command, polyphonic ringtones, caller ID, and the unique capability to silence the phone just by turning it face down. Other features include Wi-Fi, stereo Bluetooth, GPS, a file manager, an alarm clock, a countdown timer, a calculator, a speakerphone, and a vibrate mode.
As for the camera, the Bravo only has a 3-megapixel shooter, which is fairly low as far as modern smartphones go. Still, for simple candid shots, it performs well. Photo quality was decent--images looked sharp, but colors were a bit muted and not as vibrant as we would like. After taking the photo, you can crop, rotate, or geotag it. There's also a camcorder that can record 30fps video.
We tested the Bravo in San Francisco using AT&T Wireless. Call quality was quite good for the most part. Thanks to Motorola's CrystalTalk technology, we encountered very little background noise interference, which our callers confirmed. On our end, we heard them very clearly, with little to no voice distortion.
On their end, callers said we sounded loud and clear, though they did detect a tiny bit of digital distortion in our voice. Overall though, quality was good--we encountered almost no static buzz or hiss. Speakerphone calls were a bit different--they heard a lot more background hiss, and the echo effect was more pronounced.
The Bravo has 7.2 Mbps UMTS 850/1900, and we enjoyed speedy connections for most of our testing period. We loaded the CNET mobile page in around 10 seconds and the full CNET front door in around 49 seconds. Even though it doesn't have a 1Ghz processor like its higher-end brethren, the Bravo's 800Mhz more than satisfied with zippy app launches and screen transitions.
The Motorola Bravo has a 1,540mAH lithium ion battery that promises 8 hours of talk time and 9.9 days of standby time. In our battery drain tests, it has a talk time of 8 hours and 6 minutes. According to FCC radiation tests, the Bravo has a digital SAR of 1.59 watts per kilogram.