Even without Motorola’s ClearTalk technology, Devour, like most Motorola phones, offers superior sound quality. Its rear speaker pumps out a surprising amount of volume for music, video audio and speakerphone conversation.
With a green phone icon ever-present on the bottom of its five home screens, the Devour’s dialer is slightly faster to get to than the Droid’s, which is merely another Android app icon.
Of course, the biggest distinction between Devour and Droid is Motoblur. Yes, you get all your messages and social network updates and news updates without drilling even as far as Android’s pull-up menu. But Motoblur’s update bubbles clutter your screens like papers covering a desktop calendar blotter, forcing you to pull-up the app menu to access nearly all your other oft-used functions.
While above-average snappy, Devour’s page load time of 4-5 seconds consistently lagged behind both Droid and Eris by one or two seconds. That’s fast enough when not compared side-by-side, but part of a pattern of comparative inferiority.
And while Droid and Eris regularly conjured up the more appropriate mobile HTML versions of sites such as The New York Times and Wikipedia, the Devour accessed less convenient full HTML versions.
Motorola rates Devour at 389 hours of talk and 443 hours (18.45 days) of standby, both more than either the Droid or the Eris, with nearly twice the standby time as the Droid.
In practice, our test model’s battery mysteriously died after only a day of not charging. And even though the battery meter showed nearly 50 percent of power remaining, our Devour shut down less than an hour later.
If you are constantly Facebooking, Twittering, instant messaging and e-mailing, the pretty (and pretty heavy) Devour offers a superior social networking experience. But, along with the fancy aluminum frame, you are paying mostly for Motoblur and the dedicated QWERTY number line. Motoblur’s value also vanishes when you consider how many more non-Motoblur features and functions you get with the Droid for just $50 more, and if you don’t mind touchscreen typing, the equally feature-superior Eris is half Devour’s price. Both previous Android phones swallow the Devour in overall value.
- 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
- Heavy and clunky
- Inferior 3.1 MP camera
- Flush on/off, camera access/shutter buttons
- Mysterious syncing problems