Motorola Rival A455 Review

Software and Features:

The main menu of the Motorola Rival A455 doesn’t contain anything out of the ordinary and has categories for media center, messaging, contacts, recent calls, and settings & tools.  Only three themes are included, Urban, White, and Ice Cream, with the last one being the most animated and colorful.  There are also options to change the menu layout between tab, list and grid view, select you own wallpaper, and change the clock format.

The 1000 entry phonebook is also pretty standard as it allows you to enter a person’s name, 5 phone numbers and 2 email addresses, as well as selecting a ringtone and picture for CallerID.  Once a contacted is stored, you can assign them to one of 93 available speed dial locations.

2MP camera are slightly below average as images look generally washed-out.   Images taken by the 3MP camera on the enV3 completely blow away the Motorola Rival A455 in every aspect.  Even the 2MP cameras on the

One area where the Rival did quite well was with the music playback quality, even though the device still uses the outdated “red” Verizon player.  Music through the rear speaker was nice and loud (even though you have to flip the phone over) and the quality was about equal to that of the enV Touch, despite it not having stereo speakers.  This is a nice improvement over the Motorola Rapture we reviewed last year, which demonstrated poor music quality.  You can also listen to music through a Stereo Bluetooth headset or by connecting wired earbuds to the 3.5mm headset jack, which we always like to see.

Other software features include Mobile Web, VCast Music downloads, VCast Video streaming, and VZ Navigator for GPS guided directions.  You can also download a wide variety of games and other programs using the Media Center.  Applications open fast and there is no noticeable delay when using them.  The web browser is similar to the one used on the Alias 2 and Casio Exilim, as it dissects large web sites into smaller pages that you have to click through.  Even though this is more user friendly than the browsers found on the Motorola Rapture, W755 or V9m, it still can’t rival the HTML browser used by the enV3 or enV Touch, as those maintain the integrity of the page layout.

There is a total of 178MB of internal memory, out of which 46MB is used, leaving 132MB available to the consumer.  This is one of the few areas the Motorola Rival A455 does better than the enV3, which only has 90MB of available memory.  However, the Rival can only accept up to 8GB memory cards where the enV3 and Alias 2 can take up to 16GB memory cards.



1. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

cool back cover and thats a pretty nice brick of a phone... .71 in. thats real slim really small screen and has moto ever made a phone with a side-slide out QWERTY b4?

2. PokeFanaticJosh

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

WTF?! Why is it that everything always comes back to the enV, maybe you should try not to be so biased when it comes QWERTY phones. The Rival is a great phone, I would actually consider switching to it if I didn't enjoy my smartphone.

3. Wendy unregistered

I think Its very poor business for Verizon and Motorola to let this problem go on.I personally think this is A scam. Its funny my phone was fine the first fourteen months of my two year contract. Then the screen goes black but then it comes back on so i can get a text that reads tired of your old cell phone from Verizon.Now I have a blank screen and 10 months on my contract and to get a new phone now will cost me money from my pocket.And this all happens when the Verizon finally gets the I phone.

4. Sammi unregistered

I like this Verizon Wireless Motorola Rival LG A455 because it is so cool and nice to have and it is awsome to play with and mess with it and I just wished that I already got it right now but I have to wait until December to upgrade another new phone and I hope Verizon store would have my most favorite phone in the world when December gets here because I know how to work with my mom's cellphone because she has a toch screen with a keyboard to and her's is through AT&T right now instead of Verizon.
  • Display 2.2" 176 x 220 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Battery 940 mAh(5.33h talk time)

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