Motorola’s DEVOUR: WINR or LOZR?

Published on February 3, 2010
by John Paczkowski

Verizon this morning copped to what the blogosphere has been jawing about for weeks now: Motorola’s Devour is to be the wireless carrier’s next Android handset. Arriving at market next month, the Devour seems a lower-cost alternative to the Droid, though Verizon (VZ) hasn’t yet named a price for it.

Certainly, the specs, below, for the Devour suggest it will cost significantly less than the $200 Droid commands when tethered to a two-year wireless contract.

  • Android 1.6 (Donut) with MotoBlur, a Motorola (MOT) service that essentially corrals Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Picasa, GMail and MS Exchange activity into a single feed and presents them on your phone
  • 3.1-inch touchscreen at 320×480
  • Horizontal slider keyboard
  • 3-megapixel camera
  • EVDO Rev. A
  • Wi-Fi b/g
  • aGPS
  • Bluetooth with A2DP
  • HTML 5-compatible Webkit browser
  • MicroSD card up to 16GB

As I said, Verizon has not disclosed the price for Devour, but $99 sounds about right to me, especially if the company is looking to pit this thing against Apple’s (AAPL) low-end iPhone 3G.

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