Devour vs. Droid: Which Phone is Better for You?
Just last week we got hands-on with the Motorola Devour, a Droid-like handset with a more elegant design– not to mention, Motorola’s custom interface, MOTOBLUR. Today, we were handed a working unit, and you can expect a full review soon. But in the meantime, here’s what you need to know if you’re a Verizon customer deciding between this and a Droid. Based on our full review of the Droid and our brief hands-on time with the Devour thus far, both devices are good bets.
|Price||$199 (after a $100 mail-in rebate)||$149 (after a $100 mail-in rebate); $99 at Best Buy|
|Operating System||Android 2.0 (upgrade to 2.1 imminent)||Android 1.6 (users can manually download update for turn-by-turn navigation)|
|Interface||Stock Android interface, as found on the Nexus One. Phones with this UI are usually the first to receive Android OS updates.||Motorola’s proprietary MOTOBLUR interface, as found on the Motorola Cliq. This interface makes social networking a priority, with widgets for Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, and text messages appearing on the main home screen.|
|Design||The phone is black with hard edges. Metal body is hefty but feels solid. D-pad located to right of keyboard.||Slick aluminum body with optical touchpad next to dislay. Its slightly more contoured body and turquoise accents give it a softer look than the Droid.|
|Dimensions and Weight||4.6 x 2.4 x 0.5 inches, 6.0 ounces||4.5 x 2.4 0.6 inches; 5.9 ounces|
|Keyboard||Slide-out QWERTY keyboard with keys that we found too flat to comfortably type on. But layout is intuitive.||Slide-out keyboard with raised keys that have better feel. But it has an unusual layout, with a dedicated row of number buttons at the top, and a space bar punctuating the bottom row.|
|Screen||3.7 inches (854 x 480 pixels)||3.1 inches (480 x 320 pixels)|
|Processor, RAM, and ROM||550-MHz Arm Cortex A8 processor with 256MB RAM and 512MB ROM.||600-MHz Qualcomm MSM7627 with 256MB RAM and 512MB ROM.|
|Expandable memory||16GB microSD card pre-installed||8GB microSD card pre-installed|
|Verizon Services on Board||Visual Voicemail||VZ Navigator, V CAST Music with Rhapsoda, V CAST Video, Visual Voicemail|
|Special Features||Sharper 5-MP camera, Google Search by Voice||Moto Portal online backup stores contacts and photos; MOTOBLUR backup stores your various accounts; and Flash Lite support (Flash 10 is coming, says Motorola)|
||Power users looking for speed and a big, high-res screen.||Social networking fans who want to the latest updates without digging.|