Performance:

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.

Conclusion:

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.


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Pros

  • MOTOBLUR user interface
  • QWERTY keyboard has nice layout
  • Call quality
  • Included apps and Motorola Phone Portal

Cons

  • Camera quality doesn’t compete
  • Optical pad is finicky
  • Display shows pixelation when using web browser
  • Has lower signal strength than the DROID

PhoneArena Rating:

8.1

User Rating:

6.4
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