Motorola Devour goes hands-on, hits Best Buy for $99 this week (update: video!)
Here are some of our initial thoughts:
For some reason -- perhaps it's the odd screen size to device size ratio -- the device comes across as very small in pictures and video. This is not at all the case. In fact, outside of its smaller screen size, the phone is in every way equal to or larger than the Droid. It also seems a little bit heavier, but they're certainly close in that department.
The extruded aluminum chassis is really premium. MacBook Pro-type premium. The sliding mechanism as well is very high quality -- making the Droid's springless slide design look like a bit of a chump. There are also rubber accents on the top, bottom, and sides that give us hope that this phone would survive a hard fall much better than most of its Android competition.
Due to the weird chassis, the batter and microSD card (8GB comes standard) are sideloaded into the device. It's novel and secure, and you don't have to take out the battery to swap out the microSD card, which is a major plus.
The keyboard is pretty good, if a tad too wide. The keys are very distinct and clicky, though perhaps not quite so large that we're comfortable with typing with the pads of our thumbs. The space bar's odd letter-splitting location isn't a dealbreaker, but the dedicated number row just seems silly and we really think Motorola could've done better in the key layout.
The clickable optical pad (on the right side of the picture above) is just fine, though not really optimized for the Blur interface. It makes much more sense in web browsing and other parts of the Android UI -- maybe even more so than a track ball.
Though the phone is only running Android 1.6, one of the biggest 2.0 / 2.1 features has made it onto the device: Google Navigation. Interestingly, you have to download a text-to-speech voice kit from the Android Market to get it working. It's a fairly automated process, but still feels a little "hacked on."
So far everything about the UI seems very snappy, particularly in comparison with our laggy experience with the Cliq. This is helped in part by the new Qualcomm MSM7627 chip under the hood, the same processor used by the Palm Pixi. Of course, the true testament to the Devour's snappiness will be how fast it continues to be after a week or so of use without a reset and all those social network updates delivering status message drivel at a rapid clip.
The biggest trouble this phone has is the fact that the Droid is only $50 more and includes a much better / larger / higher resolution screen, faster processor, newer Android and sexier look.
The phone will then hit Verizon stores in March for $150 after a $100 mail-in rebate. Buyers will also need to sign up for a Nationwide Talk plan and the $30 unlimited data package, part of Verizon's new-ish smartphone plan restrictions -- though really, you're not going to get much done on this phone without a data plan.
Update: We got some bad information, and now have the official Best Buy pricing straight from Best Buy's Facebook page: The Devour will retail for $99 starting on February 25th, but the Droid will also be dropped to $99
ordinary, 23 Feb 2010thx for your reply, anonymous, but i live in indonesia, and i would like to know is it motorol... moreI give you phone number of Motorola Indonesia Customer Service . Before you buy check with them. Milestone not yet available in Indonesia but will be available soon.
TEL 6221 5754533
I want to buy 2 uinits. One for myself one for my wife
tracermack, 22 Feb 2010hi all!! just had mine for 3weeks now...just had issues after doing/sendin sms's, if left o... moreHandcent SMS is a much better application for text messages than the messanger that comes with the android os.
Anonymous, 23 Feb 2010Motorola will launch XT 800 in China soon. http://www.gsmarena.com/motorola_xt800-3073.phpthx for your reply, anonymous, but i live in indonesia, and i would like to know is it motorola milestone can be set the language into chinese language and read/write chinese language? or is it need other applicationa in android? coz as i know other mobile phone that using windows mobile os can not be changed from english. thx, i hope for your reply
ordinary, 23 Feb 2010is this mobile phone can be set in chinese language, or read/write chinese language?Motorola will launch XT 800 in China soon.
Loving this phone.. I also have the nexus one and I must say that I prefer the milestone because of the superior speaker, camera, build quality and qwerty (not qwertz) availablity.. The only good thing about the nexus is the amoled screen and processor speed which are unnoticeable at best when used side by side with the milsetone..
is this mobile phone can be set in chinese language, or read/write chinese language?
will ther be an arabic version of this phone cuz I really want to buy it.
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just had mine for 3weeks now...just had issues after doing/sendin sms's, if left on sms screen for awhile, it will freeze or hang up when i try to close or send another...has anyone encountered this???
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