Summary: The Motorola Devour is built to last and it delivers on features and performance. We'd make a few usability changes, and we were hoping for more than Android 1.6, but Motorola makes another good Android move.
Pros: The Motorola Devour has a sturdy design with a functional feature set and a spacious keyboard. It's a good performer, too.
Cons: The Motorola Devour runs on Android 1.6, and its display is small for the phone's size. The placement of some controls could be improved, and its camera has few features.
Excerpt: (1 items) At first glance, the Devour (Motorola's second Android phone on Verizon) looks a lot like the Droid ( ). But after spending some time with the Devour, I realized that it couldn't be more different from its older sibling. There's a lot to like about the Devour, especially its social networking features, intuitive user interface, and sturdy design, but it also has some shortcomings. My initial impressions of the Devour's design and look weren't exactly positive.
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.
Pros: Elegant design, Comfortable slide-out keyboard, Motoblur service for social networking and backup, Supports many Verizon Wireless services, Users can access their photos and contacts from a browse
Cons: On-screen keyboard and touch-sensitive buttons aren't always responsive, No multitouch support, Atypical physical keyboard layout, Mediocre camera