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Motorola DEVOUR A555 Review

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Naturally you can download and install apps from the Android Market, but there’s quite a number of apps already on the Motorola DEVOUR including 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 Verizon customers are familiar with these programs, so we won’t go into great detail about them here. However, it was interesting to us that the DEVOUR comes with VZ Navigator, which costs a monthly fee to use, and also Google Maps with Navigation, which is free to use, since both apps provide GPS guided turn-by-turn driving  directions with audio prompts.

QuickOffice - Motorola DEVOUR A555 Review
QuickOffice - Motorola DEVOUR A555 Review
QuickOffice - Motorola DEVOUR A555 Review
QuickOffice - Motorola DEVOUR A555 Review

QuickOffice


VZ Navigator - Motorola DEVOUR A555 Review
VZ Navigator - Motorola DEVOUR A555 Review

VZ Navigator


Google Maps Navigation in the Motorola DEVOUR A555 - Motorola DEVOUR A555 Review
Google Maps Navigation in the Motorola DEVOUR A555 - Motorola DEVOUR A555 Review
Google Maps Navigation in the Motorola DEVOUR A555 - Motorola DEVOUR A555 Review
Google Maps Navigation in the Motorola DEVOUR A555 - Motorola DEVOUR A555 Review

Google Maps Navigation in the Motorola DEVOUR A555



One added bonus to the Motorola DEVOUR A555, and a first on a Verizon device, is the Motorola Phone Portal. With it, you can connect the phone to your PC (via USB or network Wi-Fi) and use a web-based program in your browser by going to http://192.168.16.2:8080/login/intro.html and perform different tasks, such as downloading pictures, assigning ringtones, view call and web history, and view and edit contacts. It is a nice feature, and is good for those individuals looking for a PC program-like interface to connect to the phone, but in all honestly it doesn’t really do anything that can’t already be done, such as transferring files, changing settings in the phone, etc.

Motorola Phone Portal - Motorola DEVOUR A555 Review
Motorola Phone Portal - Motorola DEVOUR A555 Review
Motorola Phone Portal - Motorola DEVOUR A555 Review

Motorola Phone Portal



The Motorola DEVOUR A555 comes with a Qualcomm MSM7627 processor (the same one found on the Palm Pixi) that combines two ARM cores, one operating at 600MHz for applications and one at 400MHz for the modem processor. Internal memory is 512MB ROM / 288MB RAM. The device is by no means slow, and seems just as quick as the Motorola DROID.


Connectivity:

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.

Android's WebKit-based browser running on the Motorola DEVOUR A555 - Motorola DEVOUR A555 Review
Android's WebKit-based browser running on the Motorola DEVOUR A555 - Motorola DEVOUR A555 Review
Android's WebKit-based browser running on the Motorola DEVOUR A555 - Motorola DEVOUR A555 Review
Android's WebKit-based browser running on the Motorola DEVOUR A555 - Motorola DEVOUR A555 Review

Android's WebKit-based browser running on the Motorola DEVOUR A555


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PhoneArena rating:
8.3Good
Display3.1 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (186 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, ARM11 processor
Size4.55 x 2.40 x 0.61 inches
(115.5 x 61 x 15.4 mm)
6.35 oz  (180 g)
Battery1400 mAh, 6.48 hours talk time

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