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Review: Motorola Devour

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Music is not a strong suit for Android devices, and even though Verizon Wireless gives the Motorola Devour an extra push, it turns out to be a push in the wrong direction. While just about every other Android phone has shipped with the Amazon music store on board, including Verizon Wireless’ other Android phone, the Droid, the Devour comes with Verizon’s stodgy old V Cast Music store. The selection on the V Cast store is great; that’s not the problem. But it’s a horrible piece of software. It’s sluggish and crashed a few times in my tests. You can only download one song at a time, and you can’t do anything else while a song is downloading. Navigating the song lists is a complete nightmare. Worst of all, the songs you get are locked down with DRM and twice the price of singles downloaded on the Amazon store ($2 in most cases). The only good thing I can say is that the stock Android music player can handle the V Cast songs, so you don’t have to use a proprietary player, too, but that isn’t really a compliment.

The music app for Android is the same as you'll find on every other Android device, except that it can play the DRM tracks from Verizon Wireless' V Cast Music Store. The Motorola Devour doesn’t have any hardware playback controls, but it is well equipped for multimedia. There’s a 3.5mm headphone jack up top so you can use your own earbuds (the phone comes with no such accessory). There’s also an 8GB microSD card pre-installed, which is a good start and might be enough storage for working out or short commutes.

 

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