Motorola MILESTONE Review: Hello Droid

By 09:49 Mon, 09 Aug 2021 Comments

Android devices come from all walks of life but rarely do they carry as much baggage as the MILESTONE. Motorola seem to be betting the farm with the MILESTONE and the warm reception it’s getting must leave them breathing a sigh of relief. Catching the Android wave may’ve seemed like the last available go but a device like the MILESTONE makes turning the tide much more likely.

Motorola MILESTONE official photos

So, Motorola are back with a bang and the MILESTONE is one of the best spec’d phones to ever run Android. The Google Nexus One is supposed to instill scare in nearly every touchclassy screen device out there but the Moto Droid must be positioned well enough by now to withstand the attack.

Key features

  • Quad-band Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) and dual-band 3G support

  • 10.2 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA support

  • 3.7" 16M-color capacitive touchclassy screen of WVideo Graphics Array (VGA) (480x 854 pixel) resolution

  • Android Operating System (OS) v2.0 with kinetic scrolling and pinch zooming

  • Slimmest side slider with full QWERTY keyboard yet

  • Great build quality

  • ARM Cortex A8 600Mega Hertz (MHz) CPU, PowerVR SGX graphics accelerator; 256 Mega Bytes (MB) of RAM

  • 5 MegaPixel (MP) autofocus capturing camera with dual-LED flash and geo-tagging

  • D1 (720 x 480 pixels) video recording @ 24fps

  • Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) and GPS with A-GPS

  • 133Mega Bytes (MB) storage, microSD slot, bundled 8GB card

  • Accelerometer and proximity sensor

  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack

  • microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v2.1

Main disadvantages

  • No DivX and XviD video playback

  • No smart and voice dialing

  • Somewhat clumsy capturing camera interface and limited capturing camera features

  • No free GPS navigation solution

  • No Flash support for the web browser

  • No Frequency Modulation (FM) radio

There’s hardly anything missing on the Motorola MILESTONE spec sheet so we should be ready for an exciting ride. The test-drive got us impressed: at the discontinue of our preview we felt positive about the MILESTONE prospects. So now, the Moto DROID has a full review ahead to build on that fine impression.

Considering the rate of its sales, the handset is doing well from a user point of view too. Yet, a short-lived success is just not fine enough for Motorola: the company doesn’t have the resources to come up with an equally talented successor as quick as some of the competitors. So, the MILESTONE needs to stick around the top of the sales charts for at least a few months to give Motorola some breathing space.

Motorola MILESTONE views

The Motorola DEXT by the way did reasonably well in scouting out the territory but it now falls upon the MILESTONE to carry the offensive through. Proper backup is still to come so it will have to fight all by itself.

We’ll follow in its footsteps and – as the tradition goes – we continue with the hardware and ergonomics correct after the jump.



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