Specs summary

Screen
2.1"

The Motorola Rival A455's screen is 2.1 inches with 176 x 220 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The phone runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
2+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 2+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
136 MB

Internal memory is 136 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 8 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
940mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 940 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 21.5 days standby time, 320 minutes (2G), minutes (3G).



The phone is targeted to a youthful audience but is suitable for anyone looking for a phone in its category.

- Marc Lynde , MobileBurn 

Reviews (4.3/10 Avg. rating)


Mobile Syrup

If you are a heavy texter this is something that you will love

from Mobile Syrup

The Rival is a great messaging device. The keyboard is nicely spaced out and the keys feel good. The overall weight of the Rival is only 124 grams and measures 50mm x 96.5mm x .100.3mm. The good news about the Rival is that it has a 2.2 inch display with a few touchscreen options (keypad and soft keys). The actual device feels great in your hand, very solid even though it’s made of plastic. As I said, the full QWERTY keyboard really makes this device what it is. If you are a heavy texter this is something that you will love as it’s really easy to use. There are a few 1-touch quick access buttons such as the IM, messaging and emoticons. These will make you more productive at blasting out the messages....

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The Rival is a great messaging device. The keyboard is nicely spaced out and the keys feel good. The overall weight of the Rival is only 124 grams and measures 50mm x 96.5mm x .100.3mm. The good news about the Rival is that it has a 2.2 inch display with a few touchscreen options (keypad and soft keys). The actual device feels great in your hand, very solid even though it’s made of plastic. As I said, the full QWERTY keyboard really makes this device what it is. If you are a heavy texter this is something that you will love as it’s really easy to use. There are a few 1-touch quick access buttons such as the IM, messaging and emoticons. These will make you more productive at blasting out the messages.

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MobileBurn

Compact QWERTY device that provides users with an abundance of features

from MobileBurn

The Motorola A455 Rival is a compact QWERTY device that provides users with an abundance of features that won't break the bank.
As the name might imply, the phone is geared to compete with the likes of LG's enV3 and Samsung's Alias 2. I find it more useful to look at this device on its own,...More

The Motorola A455 Rival is a compact QWERTY device that provides users with an abundance of features that won't break the bank.
As the name might imply, the phone is geared to compete with the likes of LG's enV3 and Samsung's Alias 2. I find it more useful to look at this device on its own, though, as it seems likely to fall into the hands of completely different users. At its basic level, the Rival features an external display that allows users to make calls using a touchscreen and a full QWERTY keypad when the phone is slid open. The phone is targeted to a youthful audience but is suitable for anyone looking for a phone in its category.

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Phone Scoop

Solid hardware, full QWERTY keyboard and resistive touch display

from Phone Scoop

Here you will find a video tour of Motorola Rival.

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Here you will find a video tour of Motorola Rival.

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CNET

We like the Motorola Rival's features, its poor design keeps us from recommending it

from CNET

The good: The Motorola Rival offers a slew of multimedia features and good call quality.

The bad: The Motorola Rival's navigation controls are poorly designed. Also, it has a lackluster display.

The bottom line
: Though we like the Motorola Rival's features, its poor design keeps us from recommending it....

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The good: The Motorola Rival offers a slew of multimedia features and good call quality.

The bad: The Motorola Rival's navigation controls are poorly designed. Also, it has a lackluster display.

The bottom line: Though we like the Motorola Rival's features, its poor design keeps us from recommending it.

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Phonedog

Motorola Rival Tin Silver | Review

from Phonedog

Motorola Rival

Overview

What’s good:

Solid build quality, decent battery life,

What’s bad:

What’s bad: Spotty reception in areas, screen could use improvement


Introduction

In this age of technology and continuous connectivity, the smartphone m...More
Motorola RivalOverviewWhat’s good: Solid build quality, decent battery life,
What’s bad: What’s bad: Spotty reception in areas, screen could use improvement
IntroductionIn this age of technology and continuous connectivity, the smartphone market has inevitably dominated the wireless field as of late. Not to be stood up, there is a smaller, but equally important group within the “dumbphone” category: the text messaging phones. The Motorola Rival is a new entry to the field, and rivals (pun intended) experienced champions like the LG enV series and the LG Versa. Does it offer similar features? Will it hold up? Design & FeaturesThe Rival measures in at 3.81" x 1.96" x 0.73" and the 176x220 pixel display sports 65,536 colors. Externally, the device comes in two colors: tin silver and purple. Though the display is nothing to write home about, the phone itself is pocketable, and feels good in the hand. Much like other low-end devices, the Rival is packaged with nothing more than a wall charger and instruction manuals.


The primary design element that was a bit different about the Motorola Rival is the fact that it doesn’t offer a dedicated keypad for dialing purposes. Granted, one can dial on-screen or via the slide-out keyboard, but the lack of dedicated buttons was, in one word, different. The argument can be made that the enV3 has a similar design, but the Rival’s lack of a physical, traditional dialing keypad will slow some down. Some will like it, some will hate it.

On the left side of the phone, the volume rocker, speakerphone button, and charging port can be found; on the other hand, the right side contains a 3.5mm headphone jack, lock button, access to voice commands, and camera button. The front of the device contains two touch buttons along with a D-pad, send, end, and back keys. For those that prefer to keep the phone shut, there is also a key that brings up an on-screen dial pad. The slider is surprisingly firm, providing a strong click upon pushing it up with little to no play. The overall build quality of the phone is quite impressive. Usability & PerformanceThe keyboard was enjoyable to use. For basic text messaging needs, this phone excels above many. The keypad is arranged like a computer keyboard, and makes for an easy typing experience. In addition to the typical QWERTY setup, the keyboard also offers shortcuts to instant messaging, text messaging, symbols, and emoticons.



The actual keys are raised from the phone itself, and are relatively comfortable to use. Users with large hands should not have a problem. Sliding up the keypad while in a call activates speakerphone, which was a feature that we used on a regular basis while testing the Rival. The shortcut keys are activated via touch; a neat feature, though they weren’t as responsive as we would have liked.

At 2.0 megapixels, the camera is decent, but won’t please people that want to use the device for anything more than quick shots on the go. Picture options include changing the resolution, setting a self-timer, and other effects. Video quality was quite poor, and as we said about the camera, is only useful for a quick video on the go.

The Rival has several software improvements over older devices, most notably threaded SMS and an aesthetically pleasing interface system. When scrolling down, the user interface smoothly transitions from option to option. The user interface can be changed to one of three distinct themes: “Urban,” “White,” or “Ice Cream.” VZ Navigator, Mobile Web, E-Mail, and instant messaging can all be used as well (though additional charges apply with most of these options). Along with several other devices, Verizon has partnered its V CAST Music with Rhapsody, and the Rival comes preloaded with said capability.

We tested the Rival in regards to reception, and calls were clear in strong Verizon areas. The problem came when we tested the device in fringe areas. Where our other Verizon devices would have a signal, the Rival was searching for service. For anyone living in a fringe service area, take advantage of the 30-day trial with Verizon. Battery life is rated at 5.3 hours of talk time and just over 21 days of standby time. In our tests, we were able to get about 4.5 hours of talk time out of the device before the ‘low battery’ warning came on. Utilizing a combination of talk and standby time, we were able to get two days. For light to moderate users, the device should last 2-3 days. ConclusionThe QWERTY based regular phones are fantastic for those who don’t want to pay for a data plan or carry around a bulky smartphone. In the aforementioned category, the Motorola Rival doesn’t disappoint. Though the screen may be a bit less vibrant and reception a bit more spotty than its competitors, it makes up for it with its impressive build quality and decent battery life. Overall, it is a great entry into the field. Read full review

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The only thing it's good for is smashing it on the ground

This phone is the biggest hunk of junk I've ever purchased. For the first little while, the phone works decently well. But then you run into problems. The "touch screen" will quit working. But don't worry, if you tilt your phone a little bit, you'll start sending blank messages to the top of your conta...More
This phone is the biggest hunk of junk I've ever purchased. For the first little while, the phone works decently well. But then you run into problems. The "touch screen" will quit working. But don't worry, if you tilt your phone a little bit, you'll start sending blank messages to the top of your contact list. That's always fun, right? Again, if you're on the phone & the phone tilts a little bit, you're just either going to a) mute yourself or b) hang up on them. You can have literally NOTHING on this piece of junk and it will randomly tell you "battery full" and make you lose everything & restore. I've had to restore about seven times now. My mother has the same phone, and has had to restore it more than I have. Half of your text messages wont go through. Why? Because the phone doesn't want to work. That annoying little "M" that stands for Motorola.. your screen will go black & feature that cute little guy randomly for no apparent reason. You will send duplicate text messages about one hundred times per day. Reception is terrible no matter where you are. And if you're real lucky, your phone will start doing things all by itself.. ie; opening up pictures, exiting out, opening your inbox, exiting out. The only decent thing about this phone is the camera. And even then, I'd go with a digital. Less

I strongly dislike this phone

This phone, Ive gone through almost 4 of them now. They are cheap and break easy. If you slide it shut sometimes it shuts off. Sometimes it doesnt send messages correctly. Sometimes it freezes. Its just a mess. My first one shut off and wouldnt turn back on even for the people at the store. The second...More
This phone, Ive gone through almost 4 of them now. They are cheap and break easy. If you slide it shut sometimes it shuts off. Sometimes it doesnt send messages correctly. Sometimes it freezes. Its just a mess. My first one shut off and wouldnt turn back on even for the people at the store. The second one broke in half. This 3rd one that I have right now is doing everything mentioned above Less

Worked Well at First...

For the first few months I had this phone, it was great. Easy to use, took good pictures, and was small. then it randomly started turning on and off, it would freeze for hours, the battery only lasted me a couple hours, it sent blank messages, and the touch screen would not work most of the time. I wou...More
For the first few months I had this phone, it was great. Easy to use, took good pictures, and was small. then it randomly started turning on and off, it would freeze for hours, the battery only lasted me a couple hours, it sent blank messages, and the touch screen would not work most of the time. I would not recommend this phone to my family or friends, it looks cool, but has a lot of flaws. Less

very disappointed in this phone

Hate this phone. Bought it for the features and the brand (our previous phones were Motorolas) Didn't last 5 months before it stopped working. The screen went white and stopped functioning. The Telus kiosk said that they had more A455's sent in for repairs than any other phone. So, we gave them the ben...More
Hate this phone. Bought it for the features and the brand (our previous phones were Motorolas) Didn't last 5 months before it stopped working. The screen went white and stopped functioning. The Telus kiosk said that they had more A455's sent in for repairs than any other phone. So, we gave them the benefit of the doubt, and had it repaired. Seven months later it won't send text messages any more, randomly freezes and the keyboard doesn't always work. So we're shopping for a new phone and it won't be Motorola. Less

Dont Waste Your Money

So... I got this phone for my birthday about a year ago... I dropped a few time in the first 9 or so months. But since school started, I've been dropping it an outrageous number of times. Today, I dropped while it was on Key Pad lock or whatever and the screen went blank for about half an hour. And a f...More
So... I got this phone for my birthday about a year ago... I dropped a few time in the first 9 or so months. But since school started, I've been dropping it an outrageous number of times. Today, I dropped while it was on Key Pad lock or whatever and the screen went blank for about half an hour. And a few hours ago it was giving me a hard time (like it always does) by not sending the message so it turned it off, then on again. Guess what? The screen hasn’t gone back to normal yet. I've tried taking out the battery and putting it back in at least 5 times now and nothing's happened. The phone still works. I just cant see any texts or calls or anything that comes in. I answered the phone when my mom called and I could hear her clearly but I didn’t know who it was. The main message here is... Don’t waste your money on this lame piece of plastic. Less
Amazon

Good deal - feature rich without the internet plans

from Amazon
Phone has worked ok for a year. Well, I am on my second...they don't wash well in clothes washer. It is "almost a dataphone", so no expensive extra data fees (monthly) if you opt out of them. It's not perfect, but for what I wanted, it was the best in the store. The other brands were cheesy constr...More
Phone has worked ok for a year. Well, I am on my second...they don't wash well in clothes washer. It is "almost a dataphone", so no expensive extra data fees (monthly) if you opt out of them. It's not perfect, but for what I wanted, it was the best in the store. The other brands were cheesy construction-wise. I have the optional warranty and road service. The warranty will replace the phone twice in a year's period, with a hefty deductable. OK deal. Less

This phone sucks

I wish i could give this phone 0 stars it is a piece of crap. i bought it last sepmtember it will randomly shut off the slider is delayed and some times the screen would just go white. If your looking to buy a phone DONT and i mean DONT buy this phone it is junk!

Not worth it

I've had the phone for less than a year, and since the beggining ive been having problems! The screen freezes, I send blank text messages...its SOOOO not worth it, DO NOT BUY IT!!!
Amazon

If ONLY there was a zero star rating...

from Amazon
I can't begin to explain how many times I have kicked myself for not doing any kind of research on this idiotic phone before I got it. Everything every other person has described about this phone has happened to me - although I returned my first 'refurbished' piece of crap to Verizon, and thought I'd...More
I can't begin to explain how many times I have kicked myself for not doing any kind of research on this idiotic phone before I got it. Everything every other person has described about this phone has happened to me - although I returned my first 'refurbished' piece of crap to Verizon, and thought I'd stick it out until I got the 'new every two' option next spring. Last night, the thing completely shut down - or, rather, the display did, and those of you who are unfortunate enough to own one of these know - there's nothing you can do on this POS without a display. YOU CANNOT DIAL THE PHONE. And, of course, it did this 5 days after the warranty ran out. FIVE. DAYS. Absolutely the worst piece of crap I have EVER had the misfortune of owning. When I get my new phone, I plan to run this thing over with the lawn mower, jump up and down on it, burn it, anything to get it out of my life. I hate it that much. So, consider yourself warned. It sucks big pieces of crap - and now I am roped into two more years with Verizon because I was in the middle of my contract, couldn't afford a full price new phone, and took what I could get on an 'upgrade' from them. Oh, and this all happened on a trip with my four year old daughter...so I get to drive home (4 hours) tomorrow with a 4 year old and no phone. Less
Amazon

Easily the worst phone I've ever had

from Amazon
I would not recommend this phone to anybody. In terms of design, it's ok. The keyboard is well sized and easy to operate. The touch screen soft keys are an interesting concept, but I found myself accidentally navigating to menus I didn't want to go to. However, I would never, ever tell anyone that...More
I would not recommend this phone to anybody. In terms of design, it's ok. The keyboard is well sized and easy to operate. The touch screen soft keys are an interesting concept, but I found myself accidentally navigating to menus I didn't want to go to. However, I would never, ever tell anyone that this would be a good phone to buy. I've had it for less than a year and I've already been through 4(yes 4) of them. The first stopped working after about two months. The screen stopped working. After replacing it, I had it for another couple of months before I encountered the next problem. It turns off or restarts randomly when opening or closing the slider. It happens the most when there are a lot of text messages saved on the phone. I then took it back to be replaced again. The next one lasted a few months before encountering the same problem. I went to replace it again. Currently on the fourth one and I've gotten to the same problem I had with the first one; the screen doesn't work. I'm currently working on getting an entirely different phone. I'm definitely fed up with this phone completely. If you're considering getting this phone, don't. You'll be replacing it every couple of months until you get fed up with it like I did. Just move on and get another one. Sure, the keyboard is comfortable, but that's the only good thing about the phone. If I could, I would give this a rating of 0/5, but 1/5 is as low as I can go. Less



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Full Specs

Overview
Release date June 15, 2009
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
CDMA:
850/1900 MHz
Data:
1xRTT, EV-DO
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Other
Processor No
Internal Flash Memory 136 MB
RAM No
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.59 W/kg
Body: 1.49 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 940 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time 320 minutes
3G Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 21.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Slider
Colors Purple, Tin Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 9.7 x 5.0 x 1.9 cm (3.8 x 2 x 0.7 in)
Weight 127 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 65k
Resolution 176 x 220 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 2.1 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY, Touchscreen
Navigation Type D-pad
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 1000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, Windows Live
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 8 GB)
PC Synchronization No
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications Yes
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Flash
No
Additional Rear Camera Info
Effects, Frames, Self-timer, White balance
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
QVGA (320 x 240 pixels)
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Motorola a455, Motorola Rush 2

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