Motorola DEVOUR A555 Review
Naturally you can download and install apps from the Android Market,but there’s quite a number of apps already on the Motorola DEVOURincluding Google Talk, GMail, Google Maps 4 with Navigation,QuickOffice for viewing Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Acrobat files,Verizon’s Mobile IM for AIM, Windows Live and Yahoo!, Visual Voicemail,VZ Navigator, VCast Music with Rhapsody and VCast Videos. Most Verizoncustomers are familiar with these programs, so we won’t go into greatdetail about them here. However, it was interesting to us that theDEVOUR comes with VZ Navigator, which costs a monthly fee to use, andalso Google Maps with Navigation, which is free to use, since both appsprovide GPS guided turn-by-turn driving directions with audio prompts.
One added bonus to the Motorola DEVOUR A555, and a first on a Verizondevice, is the Motorola Phone Portal. With it, you can connect thephone to your PC (via USB or network Wi-Fi) and use a web-based programin your browser by going to http://192.168.16.2:8080/login/intro.htmland perform different tasks, such as downloading pictures, assigningringtones, view call and web history, and view and edit contacts. It isa nice feature, and is good for those individuals looking for a PCprogram-like interface to connect to the phone, but in all honestly itdoesn’t really do anything that can’t already be done, such astransferring files, changing settings in the phone, etc.
The Motorola DEVOUR A555 comes with a Qualcomm MSM7627 processor (the sameone found on the Palm Pixi) that combines two ARM cores, one operatingat 600MHz for applications and one at 400MHz for the modem processor.Internal memory is 512MB ROM / 288MB RAM. The device is by no meansslow, and seems just as quick as the Motorola DROID.
The Motorola DEVOUR is a dual-band CDMA (800/1900 MHz) handset with high speed data connectivity available through Verizon’s 3G EVDO Rev A. network or Wi-Fi 802.11b/g. Bluetooth 2.0+EDR is supported with profiles for headset, hands-free, stereo audio, and phonebook access. Included with the device is Nuance Voice Commands, which allows for voice dialing over Bluetooth, something that is lacking on the Motorola DROID and HTC DROID ERIS. It works rather well as you can simply say “call home” in your BT earpiece and the Nuance program will call your stored home number.
The browser on the DEVOUR is Webkit based and displays web sites in similar form and fashion as the Motorola DROID, except that it has built-in support for Adobe Flash Lite, just like the HTC DROID ERIS. We tested this on a few sites with limited results, though some sites with larger Flash files would not load at all. YouTube videos can play directly in the browser, but look better and aren’t choppy when loaded in the YouTube app. We consider this a work in progress and hope that Flash 10.1 will find its way to the DEVOUR. Browsing most sites will show proper HTML layout and formatting, though multi-touch zooming is not supported, unlike the DROID ERIS, which limits you to use double-tap and the zoom icons. However, just like with the DROID ERIS, our only complaint about using the browser on the DEVOUR has to do with the screen’s resolution. Since it is lower resolution than the Motorola DROID, you are continually having to zoom-in so that text can be legible. This may not be a concern for some, but people who will be using the browser a lot will be more pleased with the higher resolution display on the Motorola DROID.