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Motorola Milestone review

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

We've reviewed a fair number of Android handsets now, and the problem they have is, well, they're pretty much all the same when it comes to the internet. It's not a really big issue, as the internet browser is excellent, but it's been excellent for a number of models now so it's hard to separate the devices.

However, there's one thing that the Motorola Milestone and the HTC Hero share in common - they're Android mobiles that have got pinch and zoom functionality, and that's a great addition to any device.

We're less pleased to see no Flash player on board - this is something we were hoping would begin appearing in a greater number of handsets in the near future, but the recent crop of mobiles has carried on the practice of eschewing this.

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Another real problem with the internet on the Motorola Milestone is the fact it's clearly positioning itself for use in landscape mode - when trying to view text in a column on portrait it simply doesn't want to know.

So you're left with the choice of either resizing the screen to fit all the text in, or turning the phone on its side and giving in to the Motorola overlords. As unrebellious as it sounds, we found ourselves doing the latter - though it was under duress.

If you consider that the HTC Hero can smart fit text down to almost single letters, you'll see that it just seems a bit lazy that Motorola isn't doing the same, unless there's some kind of underlying corporate reason.

The good thing about this Webkit-based browser is it allows you to quickly and easily browse websites in full HTML, which means widgets such as constantly updated text will work happily for you. This is common in nearly all Android phones and on the Milestone it works as well as we could have hoped for.

There were a few too many instances of having to wait while web pages hung when using the 3G connection (which was partly to do with the Milestone not recognising when it has one bar of signal, as we mentioned earlier) so moving over to Wi-Fi was the best option in most cases.

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And once again, we like the ability to be able to share a webpage we're digging through the various applications we've installed - being able to chuck something to and from the likes of Twidroid really gives the phone that special 'cool gadget' feeling.

We're also fans of the being able to view the web pages you read regularly as simply as if you're looking at your bookmarks via a special tab - it means that when you've forgotten to flag one of your favourite sites, you're not forced to wade through days of history to find it again.

While we would have liked to see Flash player on the Motorola Milestone, we were happy with the web experience. Heavy pages loaded within reasonable time limits (ie before you wanted to throw the phone at the wall) and the ability to navigate speedily between sites is always the hallmark of a decent browser.

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