The LG Ally and the Motorola Devour are two of the latest mid-range smartphones from Verizon Wireless. They’re similar in price and size, so how can you choose the right phone for you? It all comes down to design, features, and price.
The displays on both phones are almost identical in size, at 3.2-inches for the Ally and 3.1-inches for the Motorola Devour.
My impressions on both displays were similar, in that they looked good but not spectacular. Some YouTube videos on the Ally looked a little grainy, and that was true also of the Devour when I was using it as a viewfinder for the built-in camera. There aren’t any major issues here, just don’t expect to be totally blown away by the display on either one of these phones.
On the surface, the Devour and the Ally are fairly equal on this point; both of them feature large, easy to use keyboards. But the Ally keyboard does get a slight edge here because it is roomier overall and has better key travel than the Devour.
It also has a handy navigation panel in the lower right corner that can help you do things more quickly than taking your fingers off the keyboard to use the touchscreen.
The Ally is the clear winner here. Even though the measurements for both phones are virtually identical, the Ally is just a bit narrower so it feels better in the hand. It’s also noticeably lighter, weighing just over 5.5 ounces as compared to the Devour’s 6.35 ounces.
Features and Capabilities
Both phones include email, text messaging, and video messaging, but they’re not identical. The LG Ally has Android OS 2.1, while the slightly older Motorola Devour is still running Android OS 1.6. The newer version of Google’s operating system includes updated versions of the bundled applications and some additional features like much greater support for speech recognition.
The Motorola Devour includes the Verizon VCast Music service and VZ Navigator, while the LG Ally doesn’t support either of those services. The Ally does work with the VCast Media Manager, a free software download that helps manage your digital media.
Results on both phones were somewhat mixed, and each one had a few issues. On the LG Ally, some of my calls sounded great, and some of them didn’t sound so good. On the Motorola Devour, the noise cancellation tended to be a bit overzealous, with the phone sometimes clipping the beginning of each word.
Since they’re both on the same network, it’s difficult to say whether these are network issues or perhaps problems with these particular models, but there’s no clear winner in this category.
Battery and Camera
The LG Ally has the edge in the battery category, with a slightly better battery capacity, 1500 mAh as compared to 1400 mAh for the Devour. That equates to 450 minutes of talk time for the LG Ally and 500 hours of standby, compared to 340 minutes of talk time and 440 hours of standby for the Devour.
The Ally also has a 3.2 megapixel camera compared to the 3.0 megapixel camera on the Motorola Devour, but the Devour seems to take better pictures anyway. The zoom is woefully underpowered but it didn’t suffer from the exposure issues I typically see when using mobile phone cameras. Of course a serious photographer would likely use a separate digital camera or seek a phone with a 5 megapixel or better camera, but the Devour does have a slight edge here.
The LG Ally is slightly less expensive, at $50 with contract as opposed to $80 for the Motorola Devour. There isn’t enough of a difference in price to make that a major factor in your decision, but it is surprising that the least expensive device won so many of the other categories as well.
The LG Ally is the overall winner in this comparison. While there are few Verizon services that the Devour supports and the Ally does not, the Ally is slightly smaller and lighter, and has a beefier battery and a much better keyboard. It is running a much more current version of the Android operating system, and it costs less than the Motorola Devour.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive Android OS smartphone, the LG Ally would be an excellent choice.