Motorola Rival A455 Review


The Rival’s reception was quite good, about equal to the LG enV3 and enV Touch, as we had between 2-3 signal bars and never dropped a call while using it around South FL.  Unfortunately, the call quality on both ends was lacking, as it didn’t sound as clear as the LGs or the Motorola Krave and V9m.  This is disappointing; as Motorola is usually know for its good call quality.  Voices sounded a bit distant and there was noticeable distortion in the earpiece and speakerphone if the volume was raised past medium.

The included 940mAh battery is rated by Motorola to provide slightly over 5 hours of talk time on a full charge.  Our testing revealed only 4 hours of continuous talk time on a full charge.


In the end, the Motorola Rival A455 doesn’t really “rival” the competition too much.  Even though it has a nice compact design and features a QWERTY keyboard, other devices do a better job  and come with more features, such as the enV3, enV Touch, and Alias 2.  The only people we can see buying the Rival  are the under-18 crowd, and this is mainly due to the sliding keyboard and different colors that are used in  the phone’s design.

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  • Compact design
  • Teen-friendly colors
  • Good signal reception
  • Music playback quality and 3.5mm headset jack


  • Low resolution display
  • Below average camera quality
  • Call quality not up to par with the competition
  • Keyboard not as large or designed as well as the enV3

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