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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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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