Motorola DEVOUR A555 Review
Call quality on the Motorola DEVOUR was good, as voices were clear and lacked any distortion on our end, through we did notice that we had to turn the earpiece volume all the way up for people to sound loud enough…while the Motorola DROID was able to use two volume settings lower. People that we called also said that we sounded good on their end and equal to that of when using the DROID. However, signal reception was a bit disappointing, as the DEVOUR would only have 2 bars in high-coverage areas and shows a signal of -107dB to -105dB, while the DROID would have 4 bars and show -92dB to -87dB signal strength. (Remember, the closer the dB number is to 0 the better). We’re not sure why the DEVOUR has a lower signal, but we didn’t drop any calls during our tests.
The included 1400mAh battery is rated to provide the DEVOUR up to 5.6 hours of talk time or 18 days of standby time. During our testing we were able to achieve 6 hours and 23 minutes of continuous talk time on a full charge, which is equivalent to the Motorola DROID, and mixed-usage on each (including some talk, web, email, etc.) will get you about 24-30 hours before needing to recharge the battery.
The Motorola DEVOUR is a nice Android-based smartphone, but what sets it apart from others is the MOTOBLUR user interface that provides greater integration and ease of use for your contacts, social networking, news, email, and messaging. In fact, the only thing we felt that is missing from the device is the larger and higher resolution screen that is on the Motorola DROID. Though, be that as it may, the DEVOUR offers a lot of nice features, including voice dialing over Bluetooth (which isn’t on the DROID or DROID ERIS) and a better designed QWERTY keyboard, though the 3MP camera is rather disappointing. Overall, we would recommend the Motorola DEVOUR for pretty much anyone who wants to easily stay connected via social networking. However, if you want the “high-end” Android, the Motorola DROID is still your best option, as it has the 3.7” WVGA display, 5MP autofocus camera, and will soon be updated to Android 2.1 OS.
- MOTOBLUR user interface
- QWERTY keyboard has nice layout
- Call quality
- Included apps and Motorola Phone Portal
- Camera quality doesn’t compete
- Optical pad is finicky
- Display shows pixelation when using web browser
- Has lower signal strength than the DROID
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.