Motorola DEVOUR A555 Review
Motorola DEVOUR A555 is now the third Android smartphone to be released by Verizon Wireless after the Motorola DROID and HTC DROID ERIS, but it is the first from the carrier to feature the MOTOBLUR user interface, which integrates social networking, email, and messaging directly on the desktop, though it still runs on Android 1.6 OS. This is in direct competition to the HTC DROID ERIS, which offers similar usability through their Sense UI interface, but the DEVOUR has one major advantage: the physical QWERTY keyboard, which makes messaging overall easier.
Included in the retail package is the Motorola DEVOUR smartphone, 1400mAh battery, wall charger with detachable microUSB cable, and user guides.
The Motorola DEVOUR is constructed out of extruded aluminum with an attractive silver coat finish, and the accent pieces have a black soft-touch coating on them. This gives the devices a sturdy and durable feel, about equal to the Motorola DROID; unlike the flimsy plastic construction found on the HTC DROID ERIS. Both the DEVOUR and DROID are roughly the same size and weight, though the DEVOUR does feel slightly larger while in the hand or pocket.
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The DEVOUR has a similar form-factor to the DROID, as both have a side-sliding display with full QWERTY keyboard underneath. The capacitive touchscreen display on the DEVOUR is 3.1-inch diagonal with 320x480 resolution and 65K color support, compared to the 3.7-inch 480x854 resolution display with 16.8M color support on the DROID. When looking at the two side-by-side, the differences in the screen size and resolution are quite noticeable. Even though the display on the DEVOUR is still good enough to service its purpose, we can’t help but wish it had the same display as on the DROID, since there is plenty of room for it. Located under the display are three capacitive buttons for the menu, home, and back, and a hidden blue LED indicator that will flash when you receive any type of notification.
On the bottom-left is a square optical navigation key, which can be used to select items on the display, but we found it to be a bit finicky and not as accurate as a traditional d-pad. On the left side of the phone there is a microUSB port and a sliding cover that reveals the hidden battery and microSDHC memory card slot with 8GB card pre-installed (up to 32GB supported). There is a small tab that you pull on to remove the battery, and when you push the battery back in, there is a small red latch that holds it in place. It is an interesting design, and the first time we seen this on a Verizon phone, though it makes using a physically larger extended battery impossible. On the right side are the volume rocker, voice command key and camera key, though we found the voice command key to be too close to the volume rocker and often times we pressed it by mistake. Located on the top is the power/lock key and 3.5mm headset jack, with the external speaker on the bottom, and the 3MP camera on the back.
Sliding the DEVOUR open and close is an easier task than with the DROID, as the mechanism is spring-loaded and doesn’t require you to move it all the way. The internal 4-row QWERTY keyboard is recessed into the device, with the black plastic keys being individual and separate from one another. We like this layout as it gives space between the keys and allows for easier typing and with fewer mistakes, unlike the keyboard on the DROID which as no space between them. Unfortunately, they still provide little feedback when pressed.