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Motorola Milestone 2 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £340
inc VAT

Great battery life, decent storage and a clear interface, but performance is poor and the keyboard's flat keys aren't the best we've used


Android 2.2, 3.7in 480×854 display

Motorola’s Motoblur, like HTC’s Sense, includes cosmetic changes to the operating system as well as software designed to aggregate your contacts, messages and calendars. Once you sign up for it, your preferences are saved in the cloud, making it easier to swap phones in the future. It supports contacts from a wide range of social networking, email and photo sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Picasa,, LinkedIn and Bebo.

Motorola Milestone 2 top

Like most manufacturers, however, Motorola’s changes to Android are hit and miss. The expanded Music app is great, with sections for internet radio and music videos. The Clock app has been removed entirely, however, and only replaced by an Alarm & Timer app, and the Gallery app doesn’t pull in photos from Picasa, as the standard Android Gallery does.

Motorola Milestone 2 landscape

The full QWERTY keyboard is an advantage if you don’t like touchscreen keyboards, but it adds weight and thickness, and it’s not the best keyboard we’ve used. The keys are too flat with only a small bump in the centre, and we couldn’t decide whether to use our fingernails or fingertips to press them. The layout is fairly logical, however, and it’s good to have dedicated cursor keys and an “Alt Lock” key for numbers and symbols.

The Milestone 2 might look a little outdated, but it’s still a powerful phone, with a QWERTY keyboard, excellent battery life and good software. It’s available for £340 SIM-free, putting it in the mid-range bracket along with phones such as the LG Optimus Black and Sony Ericsson Xperia arc, neither of which has a physical keyboard. However it misses out on an award due to its poor performance and the average keyboard.

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Price £340
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, Wi-Fi, USB
GPS yes
Internal memory 8192MB
Memory card support microSDHC
Memory card included 8192MB
Operating frequencies GSM 850/900/1800/1900, 3G 900/2100
Wireless data EDGE, WCDMA, HSPA
Size 161x61x14mm
Weight 169g


Operating system Android 2.2
Microsoft Office compatibility Word/Excel/PowerPoint editors, PDF viewer
Email client POP3/IMAP/Exchange
Audio format support MP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+
Video playback formats MPEG4, H263, H.264, DivX, XVid, WMV
FM Radio no
Web Browser Webkit
Accessories charger
Talk time 4.8 hours
Standby time 16.7 days
Tested battery life (MP3 playback) 44h 17m

Buying Information

SIM-free price £340
Price on contract £31-per-month, 18-month contract
SIM-free supplier
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