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Motorola Milestone review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £423
inc VAT

While the design may be a matter of taste, good battery life and a QWERTY keyboard don't make up for a plain Android experience and clunky design


Android 2.0, 3.7in 480×854 display

Motorola’s Milestone (also known as the Droid in the US) is the latest Android-based pretender to the iPhone crown, and judging by the reports of record sales figures, many people seem to think that it’s already won the war. With a better specification than the iPhone – a camera with a 5-megapixel sensor and dual-LED flash, a 3.7in 480×854-pixel screen and multi-tasking – there are many reasons to consider the Milestone over Apple’s smartphone.

Milestone Camera

We’re already big fans of Android’s open source philosophy, and the Android Marketplace is growing at a remarkable pace, with over 20,000 apps now available. That figure may be dwarfed by the Apple App Store’s 100,000 and counting, but with fewer restrictions placed on Android developers, there’s more freedom to write applications that people want, not just those that Apple feels appropriate. On the flip side, there’s less consistency in the quality of Android apps.

The Milestone marks the debut of Android 2.0, also known as Eclair. Version 2.0 brings many improvements over the previous version, 1.6, but these are mostly cosmetic improvements to the user interface and small tweaks under the hood. The browser now supports HTML 5, with support for the new video tag, but support for Adobe Flash 10.1 hasn’t yet made it into the Milestone, so you can’t access Flash games or videos.

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Price £423
Rating ***


Main display size 3.7in
Native resolution 480×854
Second Display No
CCD effective megapixels 5-megapixel
Flash Dual LED
Video recording format 3GP
Connectivity Bluetooth, WiFi, USB
GPS yes
Internal memory 133MB
Memory card support microSDHC
Memory card included 8192MB
Operating frequencies GSM 850/900/1800/1900, 3G 900/2100
Wireless data GPRS, WCDMA, HSDPA
Size 116x60x14mm
Weight 165g


Operating system Android 2.0
Microsoft Office compatibility Word/Excel/PDF viewers
Email client POP3/IMAP/Exchange
Audio format support MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, OGG, WAV, MIDI
Video playback formats MPEG4, H.264, H.263
FM Radio no
Web Browser Webkit
Accessories headset, USB data cable, mains adapter
Talk time 3.8 hours
Standby time 15.8 days
Tested battery life (MP3 playback) 39h 3m

Buying Information

SIM-free price £400
Price on contract £50 on £35 a month contract
Prepay price £400
SIM-free supplier
Contract/prepay supplier N/A

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