Excerpt: For social networking addicts, there’s no better cellphone interface than Motoblur. Motorola’s innovative Android overlay aggregates all your social media accounts, and delivers the latest messages and information updates via what looks like comic book quote balloons conveniently splayed across the phone’s home screen.
Pros: Motoblur social networking interface, 4-line QWERTY keyboard with dedicated number line, Sleek and tough extruded aluminum casing, Side-mounted battery and SD card, Included 8 GB memory card
Cons: Heavy and clunky, Inferior 3.1 MP camera, Flush on/off, camera access/shutter buttons, Mysterious syncing problems
Conclusion: The Motorola DEVOUR is a nice Android-based smartphone, but what sets it apart from others is the MOTOBLUR user interface that provides greater integration and ease of use for your contacts, social networking, news, email, and messaging. In fact, the only thing we felt that is missing from the device is the larger and higher resolution screen that is on the Motorola DROID.
Pros: MOTOBLUR user interface, QWERTY keyboard has nice layout, Call quality, Included apps and Motorola Phone Portal
Cons: Camera quality doesn’t compete, Optical pad is finicky, Display shows pixelation when using web browser, Has lower signal strength than the DROID
Conclusion: The Motorola Devour is (literally) a solid Android smartphone with a strong set of features. MOTOBLUR is a big part of this package, and we recommend it if social networking is your thing. Of course, you can turn off most MOTOBLUR features if you just like the hardware, but then Moto's own Droid is worth a look since it has a higher resolution display and a newer version of the Android OS.
Pros: Solid build, good call quality, great for social networking.
Cons: Overshadowed by the Motorola Droid. Battery life is so-so.
Summary: The Motorola Devour is a fast, affordable Android phone whose ample slide-out keyboard makes it an especially good choice for heavy texters. We still prefer the Motorola Droid ($199, also on Verizon Wireless) because of its larger, higher-res screen, superior 5-MP camera, support for Exchange and multiple Gmail accounts, and voice search.