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Motorola Milestone review

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

The Motorola Milestone is rocking the latest version of Android, 2.0, and this debuted to much fanfare over in the US because it included Google's new navigation technology, wittily called Google Navigation. We'll get the bad news out the way first - it's not here and that's a shame, with MotoNav in its place.

The other thing to note is that while the Motorola Dext was only an average piece of kit, we liked MotoBlur, the overlay on top of Android that allowed easy interaction with social networking. This is also missing for some unknown reason, with only the vanilla rendition of Android on the Milestone.

The unit we're using isn't officially available in the UK through a carrier, only via eXpansys at the moment, and we're hopeful that MotoBlur might make an appearance later on in 2010 - don't get your hopes up though.

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That said, Android 2.0 is a decent enough version of Google's OS, with all the bits in the right place for general navigation. There are only three home screens (we were hoping for more) and while the icons are re-designed, there's not too much else here for Android fans to get excited about in the same way as HTC's Sense UI.

We'll go over some of the cool features of the OS if you're an Android newbie though, as there's a reason that some are predicting this will become the dominant OS in a few years' time for mobile phones.

Notifications are located at the top of the screen - swiping down will activate this and will let you see whether you've got a new message, USB connection or other application running that needs an input. Also offered is an easy to use menu system: swiping the tab up from the bottom will list all your icons in an iPhone-a-like way, with the option to press and hold one of these to add it to the home screen.

The Motorola Milestone also offers a number of widgets to play with, including one from YouTube that lets you both search and upload to the mobile site, and a power bar that lets you toggle things like Wi-Fi and screen brightness to help conserve the battery.

Google search is included by default as a widget, and if you want to try something cool there's a little microphone icon there as well for Google Voice search, which is exactly as it sounds - although it's a little hit and miss on the Milestone.

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Beyond the normal Android functionality there's not a huge amount more to the Milestone than that which we've seen before – the main differences in Android 2.0 (such as Microsoft Exchange support and upgraded contacts menus) aren't really relevant here.

But the sheer pleasure of using Android has never been so well exemplified on a phone than it is here on the Milestone – the HTC Hero might be an overall better experience, but it needed a firmware upgrade to make it work in the slick manner to which we've become accustomed.

But the Milestone is better than that right out the box, with the ARM Cortex A8 550 MHz processor under the cover pushing things along nicely, which is impressive when you consider there are other devices out there that manage to do less out the box than this phone with almost double the processing power.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Service ProviderVodafone
Input MethodTouchscreen, QWERTY
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
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
ColourBlack
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 Addresshttp://www.motorola.com/uk
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