The Motorola Milestone XT720 has all the connections you'd expect from a high-end smartphone. There's Wi-Fi, 3G and GPS and they all seemed to work very well. The GPS in particular was very good at getting, and then holding, a signal.

Wi-Fi signals were strong, and we found we used much of our data over a home Wi-Fi network. This happily pulled things like websites and YouTube data to the Motorola Milestone XT720 without giving us any trouble.

Motorola milestone xt720

The Bluetooth connection supports A2DP (for wireless stereo music) and we'd expect nothing less from a handset of this calibre.

Motorola doesn't go overboard on providing apps. This isn't a huge problem really, as the Marketplace is only a couple of screen taps away and you can use that to fill the Motorola Milestone XT720 with software. And Motorola does provide a couple of quite useful bits.

In addition to what we've mentioned already, you get a little utility called Moto Car Home which is a Home screen specially for use when you are driving. It offers huge icons and is designed to give you access to what you might need when driving – maps, contacts, Bluetooth, and so on.

 motorola milestone xt720

There's also the Moto Phone Portal which you can use to manage the phone from a PC or Mac. Just link the two together by USB or Wi-Fi and you get an IP address to enter into your browser that then gives you access to a website through which you can make settings, edit contacts and more.

It could be handy for those who find fiddling on the phone itself a bit of a faff at times.

Motorola milestone xt720

Comparison

The Motorola Milestone XT720 has quite a few features we've not seen before in an Android handset. There's that 8-megapixel camera and the Xenon flash, with the 720p video shooting too.

Add in that nice car-user's Home screen and the ability to edit content easily via your computer and there's a lot that is very different here.

However the Motorola Milestone XT720 lacks the great user interface of HTC handsets like the HTC Desire and Legend, and it is a bit on the chunky side. It is a really different handset to its own predecessor the original Motorola Milestone too, which is so very different that we've not referenced it. The Motorola Milestone XT720 is in a class of its own.