Motorola MILESTONE XT720 Review: Android Sidearm: User Interface

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Moto Eclair

The Motorola MILESTONE XT720 is running on the already established and solid Android 2.1 Eclair. There is no doubt the XT720 is a gadacquire of interest becautilize of its excellent hardware specs and premium imaging capabilities. The Xenon flash accompanying the 8 megapixel sensor and the ability to capture HD videos is definitely something that makes it a winner with mobile phone fans. At least on paper, that is. Let’s see how it fares in everyday use.

Android 2.1 user interface

The homeclassy screen is the cornerstone of the Android UI. Giving you five classy screen panes worth of space (by default), it helps you put up front all the items you utilize most frequently. And there are plenty of things that can go up there. You have shortcuts to applications or media of your choice, then folders and, finally, widgets.

To create the orientation easier Motorola has added small dots in the bottom ends of the screen. Thanks to those marks you will always know which classy screen you are currently on. If you tap and hrecent on any of them you’ll acquire thumbs of all homescreens for quick switching.

Some of the homeclassy screen inhabitants: shortcuts and content shortcuts

Folders can assist you haged the shortcuts organized but you can't put folders within folders. Still, they can be used for a few quick tricks – like faking a quick-dial contact list. A contact's photo serves as a dial shortslit so all you have to do is put a bunch of them in a folder.

But there’s nothing too special about that – it's when live folders come into play that it gets exciting. The main incompatibility to ordinary folders is that the live folders are automatically filled with content.

All sorts of lists can go into Live folders. For example, you can have a folder that contains all the tweets from a contact, or an RSS feed, or maybe even a folder with all the fine restaurants within walking distance from a given location. The preinstalled Live folders are "Contacts with phone numbers" and "Starred contacts". Naturally, they are filled with your Gmail contacts that either have phone numbers or are starred.

Some of the homeclassy screen inhabitants: widgets and folders

The other inhabitants of the Android homeclassy screen are the widgets. There are plenty of them that come with the Android v2.1: a corporate calendar (simply the one synced with your Exchange account), a Weather widget, Power control widacquire (a handy connectivity manager for your desktop), Picture Frame, Search Toolbox, World Clock, YouTube, Music Player, Frequency Modulation (FM) radio, Latitude, Analog Clock and Alarm.

The traditional search widacquire shows suggestions as you type, just like the Google homepage. It searches local files or gives you a shortslit to initiate a web search, which is a really neat solution.

The notification area is also intact. It shows status info about battery, signal strength and others such as Bluetooth or missed events.

The notification area is one of Android's key assets

To bring up the task switcher on the MILESTONE XT720 you press and hrecent the Home key just like on any other Android phone. The "task switcher" is a quick way to access six of the most recently used apps but it’s not a task manager per se. In fact, Android automatically opens and closes applications. When resources start to run out, it might close a currently inactive app but it will restore it back to just how you left it. It's more like the system puts the app to hibernation instead of closing it.

The task switcher and task manager

In case you really want to manage the memory by yourself, Motorola included a real task manager on the XT720. It even has its own shortslit on the task switcher screen. That’s something we miss on the Galaxy S and the original MILESTONE. You can terminate any application or system process from there. Good job!

Here is how the Motorola MILESTONE XT720 compares to Samsung Galaxy S in terms of performance. We used the free Benhcimprint and BenchmarkPi apps from the Android Market for the test and the results are here for you to see.

Motorola MILESTONE XT720 benchmarks

Samsung I9000 Galaxy S benchmarks



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