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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

Another improvement is the ability to add multiple accounts, including support for Exchange accounts which is handy if your office uses Exchange for work email and calendaring. A new Universal Inbox brings together all your emails from multiple accounts, although you’ll have to enter your Google Mail account into the normal email app rather than the dedicated Gmail app for this to work.

The Contacts app also shows contacts from each account you’ve added, but you can choose which ones to display. Sadly calendaring isn’t similarly integrated, and there are separate calendar apps for Google and Exchange accounts. Android 2.0 is meant to let developers import data from more sources, but it’s early days yet. For example, Facebook’s latest app lets you add a Facebook account, but unfortunately it doesn’t import your friends into the Contacts app or show Facebook emails in your Inbox.

While Motorola’s implementation of Android 2.0 is mainly standard we can’t work out why it hasn’t included its own Motoblur software. Initially we decided this was because many of the features of Motoblur would be duplicated by Android 2.0’s new features, but Motorola has done little to customise Eclair or make using the Milestone as seamless an experience as Motoblur on the Dext.

In fact, Motorola has hardly changed the basic Android experience at all. The home screen, which only offers three “panes”, looks like a vanilla Android installation, and there’s little to distinguish it from any other (forthcoming) Android 2.0 phone. The only exception is a 60-day trial of Motorola’s Motonav navigation software, which makes up for the fact that Google’s own Maps Navigation software doesn’t work outside the US yet.

Milestone car mount

MotoNav isn’t the most sophisticated satnav software, and while it has 3D landmarks and buildings, these make the map load slowly. Maps and points of interest for the UK and Europe are included. The screen is just large enough to make it readable, although you’ll need to buy the optional car mount kit for £26 to use it comfortably in the car. Google Maps Navigation should be released outside the US sometime in the next few months however, so there’s little need to upgrade from the 60-day trial.

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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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