Mar 23 AT 6:44 PM Clark Wimberly 12 Comments

Motorola Devour unboxing (video and gallery)


More Android devices are making their way onto Verizon and today we got a chance to play with one of the newest, the Motorola Devour. The Devour is a slider with physical keyboard and 3.1 inch screen running Android 1.6. The whole thing comes in a chunky yet somehow stylish silver and blue package that feels rock solid (and heavy) in hand.

With this demo unit we thought we’d try out a new, two post review format. This post is just an unboxing and look at the physical hardware and form-factor of the phone itself. In the next few days we’ll have a full, in-depth look at the software and the build quality but today is really about just looking at the phone.

The keyboard is four rows tall and consists of some of the best keys I’ve felt to date on an Android device. The layout is a bit odd (letter keys on the bottom row with the space and FN keys) but the spacing, key depth and click response are just great.

One the phone’s face is are three touch keys: menu, home and back. Curiously missing is a fourth key. There was plenty of space to include a fourth, but for some reason I guess they felt like having an off-center aesthetic. Below the gap lays a clickable touch pad that is pretty responsive and easy to use.

Around the edges of the body you’ll find the standard affair: a power button and 3.5mm headphone jack on top, a micro USB port on one side, a volume rocker and camera button of the other. Something new on the side of the phone was a voice control button, located right below the volume rocker. Clicking it will launch a speech to text program for voice input with various functions. Another unique feature is the side-loading battery, located along with the micro SD under a sliding cover down the side of the phone.

The Devour is a big boy, easily larger than my Nexus One and Motorola Cliq. I wouldn’t mind the size if it was to support a huge screen, but the 3.1 inch display looks underwhelming surrounded by such a huge bezel.

The phone is powered by a 600mhz processor from Qualcomm and features a dedicated GPU. Hopefully this will make for some serious graphic processing power that will stand out against last generation phones.

In a few days we’ll have a full review, another video, and a lot more pictures. Until then, check out the gallery below or watch the video above. Be sure to leave any questions or comments you’ve got about the phone so we can review them in the final article.


Clark is a developer living in Austin, Texas. He runs ClarkLab, a small web firm with his wife, Angie. He's a big fan of usability, standards, and clean design.

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  • MattDemers

    The video, sadly, is marked as private.

    • Clark Wimberly

      changed it right after I published. you guys are too fast! and also I’m just terrible at this I guess, haha.

      • MattDemers

        Haha, sorry man. Blame Twitter.

  • sregister

    I have never used motoblur but from what I have seen, it looks a bit boring and cluttered, cant wait to see the software video.

    • http://Website moto me

      The only thing that’s sexy about this phone is that megan fox superbowl commerical last time.. other than that? hmm, I guess none.

      I think the main problem lies here is the thick bezel, if they can redesign it and make the price below 100 usd, I think this phone will be good. Changes:

  • http://Website Chad

    its really too bad that they used this form-factor for a sub-par android device. I love the look of the keyboard, really reminds me of the unibody macbook pro

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  • http://Website Miguel

    The 4th button they left off was the dedicated Search button!!! I figured at least they must have put it on the keyboard like the G1. Nope!

    I can’t believe Motorola would leave off such an important key. I used the Search button almost as much as I use the Back button. Especially since Android started supporting the Universal search, but it comes in handy in any app (i.e. Gmail).

    And what makes the oversight even more egregious is the fact that the space is clearly available on the front face. They simply omitted it for aesthetics or to differentiate it from the Droid face.

  • http://Website Bill

    One Word: U-G-L-Y

  • http://Website Dan

    I would prefer the HTC EVO 4G phone, but too bad it is not for Verizon. waiting for htc to come out with a new droid phone to replace the Eris.

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