- Solid construction
- Good touchscreen and keyboard
- Relatively large and heavy
- Overactive noise cancellation
Big and heavy, but performs well in a variety of situations and provides good social, email, and browsing experiences.
The Motorola Devour is one of the latest slider phones from Verizon Wireless. Based on Google’s Android platform (version 1.6), it’s focused on social networking, with Twitter, Facebook and other features displayed on the home page.
The device sports 3G, Wi-Fi, 8 GB of removable storage and a 3 megapixel camera.
It’s available now for $150 with a new two-year contract.
BUILD & DESIGN
The first word that comes to mind when I look at and handle the Devour is “blocky.” The device is relatively large, heavy and angular. It isn’t ugly, but it isn’t particularly sexy or even that attractive either. It does fit in your pocket, but the thickness of the device creates a somewhat unsightly bulge.
The 3.1-inch, HVGA capacitive touchscreen on the Devour looks great, and is very responsive. Colors are sharp and vibrant, and whether I’m reading text or looking at photos, everything is clear.
The only disappointment about the screen is when it is being used as a viewfinder for the included camera; it looks rather grainy and pixelated. It appears it might be a software issue, but I’m not sure.
The keyboard has nice large keys with clear, easy-to-read text on each one. I had no problem seeing the secondary punctuation on each key, though the lack of Shift and Tab buttons on the left hand side was problematic. They are located on the right side of the keyboard, opposite of where I’m used to seeing them.
The keys themselves are more like “bumps” than actual discrete keys, and there isn’t much tactile feedback. I didn’t have trouble typing with my two thumbs, and didn’t need practice to increase my typing speed. I still prefer virtual keyboards (like on the iPhone), but this is among the better physical QWERTY keyboards I’ve used in a while, at least as far as comfort is concerned.
The Devour has a touchscreen, but it also has a small optical trackpad on the front. Moving your finger on the trackpad doesn’t control an on-screen cursor, it changes what’s selected on the screen.
When I have the keyboard open, it’s easier to both control the device and use the web browser, since I can select precisely the link I want, even when it’s closely surrounded by other links.
The other controls are minimal, with nothing more than Menu, Home and Back buttons below the screen, as well as a camera shutter button.
The volume control buttons and voice command button are on the right side of the device, the Power button and headphone jack are on top and the charge/sync port is on the bottom left side, on the keyboard portion of the device.