Review: Motorola Devour Android Smartphone on Verizon Wireless

Review: Motorola Devour Android Smartphone on Verizon Wireless

Motorola Devour on Verizion Wireless - Photo: Fabrizio Pilato

The Motorola Devour is now in Verizon Wireless stores for $149.99 on a 2 year contract. We received our unit last week and have had a chance to give it some attention, with a 3.1-inch touchscreen, 8GB microSD card, Bluetooth, and Android 1.6, it’s not a bad little unit to keep you socially connected.

Featuring MotoBlur the Devour is intended for the younger twittering generation, it basically streamlines your texts, feeds, emails and social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace allowing them to be synched in real-time on your Devour’s homescreen.

The actual phone is akin to a block of metal. It’s got a hefty solid feel to it, like the old RAZRs did when Motorola was making them out of aluminum. You know its in your pocket, and wont forget about it that’s for sure. The screen is bright and vivid, but disappointingly smaller than I would have liked to see. Touchscreen accuracy was quite good, although the on display keyboard is rarely used due to the larger slide-out keyboard, regardless, I found it quite responsive and accurate. The touchscreen navigation pad (a small square in the bottom left corner when held in portrait) is quite finicky and just a strange thing to use. I guess Motorola was making a navigation option for those who do not like to muck up their screens, but it just doesn’t work the way it should. It’s jumpy, slow, and unresponsive. Something that wasted space and could have made for extra screen real estate.

With the size of the Devour, how could it not have a QWERTY keyboard? It’s quite large, has a soft velvety texture and once you get past the symmetrical layout of the keys, as opposed to a slight offset that we are normally used to on our laptops, it works quite well. There is no clicky tackyness to them, but the buttons could have been elevated slightly more to give you a more noticeable response, sometimes you don’t know if the key was pressed or not just because its so smooth.

The camera failed in three tests with different QR Code applications. In all sorts of available light and artificial light, it was unable to focus and identify any QR Codes, this was very disappointing. At 3 megapixels you would expect some type of quality, at least in the auto-focus department.

Bottom Line

If you are getting this phone just for the Android functionality, you may want to hold out as its still on 1.6 and no updates have been spotted yet. Google Navigation functionality has surprisingly made it on the device, which I love, but you will have to download a text-to-speech voice kit from Android Market to get that working. The design of the Devour is not exactly sleek, but it does have a great heavy duty metal feel to it.  The small screen size and bad camera performance are things to seriously consider before letting this smartphone consume you.

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