Motorola Milestone review and specifications

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Motorola has anounced a new smartphone with the Motorola Milestone. Motorola was given a brand new slate to work on its mobile strategies. Open-source, ample customization options and most of all, an ever-growing developer community to tap on, these are just some of the advantages of the Android platform. Motorola MILESTONE is a blend of form and function that offers the thinnest QWERTY slider on the market (13.7 mm) and a high-resolution, multitouch and pinch display with twice the pixels of the leading competitor. The MILESTONE smartphone designed to deliver Android 2.0 without compromise.

The tested version of the Motorola Milestone runs on Android 2.0, the first release of Android 2. Meanwhile, all from Android 2.1, so the Milestone crazy is fully up-to-date. However, there is an on-the-air update available for Android 2.1, but they could not find enough . Out-of-the-box, it at least comes with Android 2.0. An Android version of which still can fine them mainstream. The 5-megapixel camera on the back of the phone also features dual LED flash, while at the bottom of the battery cover one can notice a large loudspeaker grid. The back cover is easy to pull out and is metallic made, which ensures some extra safety measures against casual drops or scratches.

This new Milestone version adds native support for Exchange email and also lets you set up multiple different email accounts. There have also been some updates to the web browser interface and you can now search through SMS messages. However, the Motorola Milestone UK version of this handset doesn’t come with the Google Maps Navigation software found on the US version, and also lacks the drive mode interface where large onscreen icons give you quick access to the phone’s main features.

The new Motorola MILESTONE keyboard is also far from the best we have seen on a phone. There is no space between individual keys and, as they are also completely flat and have very little travel, it is quite difficult to get up a decent typing speed. To the right of the keyboard there is a rather large four way D-pad controller. The phone really does feel very responsive to the touch and menus appear and disappear with speedy precision. Even 3D games like the Raging Thunder racing game downloaded from the Android Market run at a blistering speed. Milestone measures 115.8 x 60 x 13.7 mm and weighs 165g (including battery). This is a phone quite big and heavy, but it’s no wonder as it’s almost completely covered by metallic parts. Still, the device feels great in hand as it’s very well-balanced and slimmer than most other sliders carrying full QWERTY keyboards.

There are no additional colors available, so you will have to get used to the Black color. The unlocked version of Motorola Milestone can be bought for a price ranging from 560 USD to around 600 USD, depending on your location.

Specifications

  • Processor: Texas Instruments OMAP 3430
  • Processor: Clock Speed 600 MHz
  • Operating system: Google Android
  • External Storage: D.M.V. Micro SD (8GB included)
  • RAM: 256 MB
  • Internal storage: 512 MB
  • Dimensions: 115 mm x 60 mm x 13 mm (LxWxD)
  • Weight: 165 g (including battery)
  • Screen: 3.7 “LCD
  • Screen Resolution: 480×854 pixels
  • Networking: HSDPA / WCDMA / GSM / GPRS / EDGE
  • GPS: J
  • Bluetooth: 2.1
  • Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b / g
  • Connectivity (wired): Micro USB port and a 3.5″ plug
  • Primary Camera: 5 Megapixel + flash
  • Audio: Built-in microphone, speaker
  • Battery type: Li-ion
  • Speaking: 6 hours
  • Standby time: 350 hours
  • Estimated own time: 16 hours

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