Motorola DEVOUR A555 Review
The camera interface is as basic as it gets, with only a few settings, such as 5 color effects, resolution (3MP, 2MP, 1MP), picture review times, and to record location info in the pictures. Images taken outside during the day by the DEVOUR’s 3MP fixed-focus camera are not in the same category as ones taken by the 5MP DROID, as they have poor color representation, jagged edges, block pixelation, and look blurry most of the time. Indoor images come out even worse, as low-light levels show more grain, and since there’s no flash, don’t expect to take any night pictures. Videos however look pretty good when played back on a PC, but still not DROID quality, as they are recorded in the 3GP format at 640x480 resolution and with 23 FPS.
Motorola DEVOUR A555 sample video at 640x480 pixels resolution.
It will come as no surprise that the DEVOUR comes with the stock Android 1.6 music player. Though there is nothing wrong with it, you can download better music apps from the Android Market, such as Rock On and MixZing. Music playback quality is good, about equal to the DROID, but it sounds a bit louder since the external speaker is angled on the bottom instead of being on the back on the device.
Motorola has reworked the picture gallery and video player so they are now nicer to look at, though it isn’t as graphical as the 3D viewer on Android 2.1. When flipping through pictures, for example, the transition is much like turning a page. The photo viewer allows for picture editing as well, such as RGB, brightness, contrast, color saturation and others, and an auto-fix noticeably touches up images. There is a very cool preview feature where half the picture stays as the original and the other half is adjusted so you can compare the differences. The image can be cropped and rotated, or have the resolution cut down, and you can also select from different color effects or add speech bubbles, clip art, and frame the picture. All-in-all, it offers a lot of handy editing tools that aren’t found on most Verizon phones.
We tested the playback of several videos on the DEVOUR, as it supports MP4 files encoded with H.263 and H.264. Even though the display is physically limited to 480x320 pixels resolution, the device could play videos of up to 720x306 resolution with 1500Kbps bit rate, which was not possible on the HTC DROID ERIS. However, the WVGA display on the Motorola DROID remains the clear winner for watching videos between the three Verizon Android devices.
1. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)
Other than the price, i dont any reason to get this phone instead of the DROID. This phone is too big.
2. Legacystar (Posts: 131; Member since: 31 Dec 2009)
A better keyboard could be very attractive to some over the droid. I personally like the feel of the phone and I like the springloaded slider
3. spk (Posts: 36; Member since: 03 Feb 2010)
I got a chance to see this phone first-hand this morning and i like the feel of the slide on this keyboard a little more than the Motorola Droid. I also like the placement of the keys better as well. For me, those are the only things I like about this phone better than the Droid. But still seems like a pretty solid phone.
4. camjurgz (Posts: 6; Member since: 17 Mar 2010)
If people want the Motorola Devour right now, just a little FYI that GoWireless (Verizon Retailer) has had it for almost 2 weeks now. Im not sure what the whole thing about the March 25th launch date but I personally have sold several...so if anyone out there is interested visit your local gowireless . net
5. Midwest41 (unregistered)
I've been having thiis Dev. A555 for sometimes now and I love it the most out of anyother cell phone. Learned to do a lot with it, except, Upgrade my os. Can anyone give me heads up on what I should do? Thank you a lot for your support.