Motorola Devour

Author: Jeff Bradshaw
June 3rd, 2010

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Ratings

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Pros

  • Motoblur very functional
  • Consolidated or separated messaging
  • Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • Multi-Touch screen
  • Decent battery life for light users
  • Never froze or bogged down

Cons

  • Awkward in your hand
  • Price is too close to much more capable phones
  • Screen still slightly in the way of top QWERTY row
  • Unacceptable battery life for moderate to heavy users
  • Screen could be larger

The Bottom Line
While this phone did all I asked it to, I did not ask that much of it. And I am certain that I would spend a few extra bucks to get a much more capable phone, like the HTC Incredible.

Recommended
No

Full Review
Motorola is marketing the Devour as a less-expensive alternative to it’s big brother, the Droid. It has lower camera resolution, no flash, a smaller display, and less memory. The operating system is also not as speedy, but that did not bother me with what I was doing. The Devour does have the pull-out keyboard, which is a plus for those who don’t using a touch screen for typing.

There are lots of applications installed, but I don’t know what I am missing as a first-time smart-phone user/tester. I did not see things that I know my iPhone friends have, but perhaps they are available.

I did like how Motoblur consolidates all messages, but allows you to view them by source as well. I also generally liked the interface. It was largely intuitive and well-organized. The touch screen worked well for me despite some miss-hits on my part. I am sure I would get better with time. While there is room to make the screen larger, I understand that this slightly smaller screen and wider borders around it are part of the cost-savings for Motorola.

One complaint of the interface is that when I did mis-hit, or fat-finger, the keyboard, there was not always a way to back up. Yes, there is a backspace key on the phone body, but I was not always able to quickly get out of what I had started accidentally. On the plus side, I never had a problem with the system freezing or bogging down.

Having a mechanical keyboard is a plus, but the arrangement on the Devour made it quite awkward for holding. I almost dropped the phone many times with they keyboard out. Also, body gets in the way, slightly blocking the top row of keys on the QWERTY keyboard. I noticed this right off, but have to admit I got used to it. Skinny fingers will not find this an issue at all, but someone with stout fingers will likely find it quite frustrating.

Compared to it’s big brother, the Droid, the Devour has much longer stand-by battery life (443 vs 270 hours) but about the same usage time (389 minutes vs 385 minutes.) First of all, who would ever need more than 270 hours of stand by? That’s 11 days, 8 hours for Pete’s sake! But many people use their phone for more than 389 minutes, or 6-1/2 hours, per day. Worse yet, it does not really last that long. I never used it up in one day, but I let a teen use it during a long ride. It only survived about 3 hours of continuous use. For moderate to heavy users, this is totally unacceptable.

Camera image quality was decent, but nothing like the iPhone. Again, understandable with the price of this phone.

All-in-all, if there were not other, better phones within $100 of the price of this one, I would say it is quite satisfying. But alternatives abound that are well-worth the higher price.

Oh. I almost forgot. It works just fine as… a phone.

Price: $149.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.

Carrier: Verizon Wireless

Website: Company Website


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