Motorola Milestone review

Known as the Droid in the US - can it beat the HTC Hero?

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Right, we've been excited about this bit for a while, and for good reason too - the Motorola Milestone packs an awesome little PC secret. Well, we say awesome - it's not the most useful thing in the world but it's still cool.

Buried in the list of applications is the Phone Portal, which asks you to connect the phone via USB or Wi-Fi. It then prompts you to enter an IP address into the browser window, and you're taken to what feels like a secret site dedicated to your phone.

From here you can check out your signal, read text messages, edit your phone book, check photos and lots more. And given that it can be done simply by Wi-Fi makes life a lot less stressful when you're trying to hook your phone up to the PC, although it does highlight how awful a majority of your snaps look.

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And beyond that, if you want to sync your phone up to the PC with USB, you can use it as a media device with Windows Media Player, making it a lot easier to synchronise video and music that just dragging and dropping files as you have to with other Android phones.

Connectivity is sound as you'd expect with an Android device like this - Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP helps you listen to music with ease wirelessly, and the Wi-Fi, although a little power hungry, is also a good effort.

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GPS we've covered with Google Maps in the application section, although it must be said it could do with being a little more responsive, and struggles in built up areas. And the phone also packs the super fast 10.2mbps HSDPA 3G connection, which means it will stay fast even when the next generation of 3G masts are deployed in the UK.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Service ProviderVodafone
Input MethodTouchscreen, QWERTY
Wireless LANYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory133 MB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SAR Value0.64 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleSlider
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameMotorola
Battery Talk Time6.50 Hour
Product ModelMILESTONE
Screen Size9.4 cm (3.7")
Screen Resolution480 x 854
Weight (Approximate)165 g
Maximum Video Resolution720 x 480
Processor ManufacturerARM
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.1 Eclair
Messaging TypeEmail, Instant Messaging, SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height115.8 mm
Width60 mm
Depth13.7 mm
Battery Standby Time350 Hour
ManufacturerMotorola, Inc
Product NameMILESTONE Smartphone
Processor Speed600 MHz
Processor TypeCortex
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part Number00300283
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The web is richer. Photos are sharper. Videos pop. It has the most advanced Google browser and the very latest software with an advanced processor and 3G speed for faster search. It can help you navigate turn-by-turn. It even has a 5MP camera with a flash, image stabilisation, and a DVD-quality recorder. It's the phone without compromise.

World Wider Web

Zip through the internet with 3G speed, HTML browser and a super fast processor. View it all on a huge display with double-tap, pinch and zoom and over 400,000 pixels, more than twice than the leading competitor.

Search for everything, everywhere

The newest Google features let you search for what you want. Find anything on the web or on your phone, including contacts, applications and more.

Every way to say it.
Package Contents
  • MILESTONE Smartphone
  • 8GB MicroSD Card