Motorola MILESTONE Review
The Motorola MILESTONE introduces us to many new things that we haven't seen on previous Android devices. It's also the first to have the latest build of Android – version 2.0 (aka Eclair). You won't find a nifty looking interface like MOTOBLUR that's found running on the Motorola CLIQ, or SenseUI that is used by HTC. Instead, we are left with stock Android, which can be personalized in a number of ways. You can add a variety of items like widgets, shortcuts, folders, and wallpapers to one of the three home screens – all of these can easily be executed and moved around for a unique look. The Motorola MILESTONE utilizes ARM Cortex-A8h processor running at 550MHz that is slightly faster than the chips most of today´s Android handsets are equipped with, but slower compared to the cores integrated into the latest generation of products with the same OS like the Acer Liquid A1 and Samsung Galaxy Spica i5700. There is noticeable lagging on switching between the pages of the home screen, but the problem is virtually non-existent with all other actions, meaning you might experience it occasionally depending on the number of simultaneously running applications.
One thing we found useful quite often was the Google Search function to accomplish a mix of operations. You can execute the search by holding down the dedicated touch sensitive button – which will then prompt you to speak. Rather than typing up web site address in the browser, you can simply say something like “phonearena” and it'll display all the sites pertaining to it. We were impressed by how well it recognizes speech and translates it into text with little problems. The same function can be used to locate addresses in Google Maps.
Mostly everything else remains intact with the Android we've seen in the past. You can pull down the notification screen if something pops up that requires your attention. If you don't have a specific shortcut icon on your home screen, you can always access all of the apps through the main menu, and also place any of them on the 3 home screens.
One of the cool aspects of Android 2.0 is that you can actually import contacts from several accounts in much the same way you can do it via the function Synergy that Palm has recently introduced with webOS-powered devices. Unfortunately, the Motorola MILESTONE doesn’t offer integration of social networks like Facebook and similar. The option is, however, available with the DROID in the US, so we do hope to see it with the GSM version of the device soon. As for the synchronization to Google itself, the function is seamlessly integrated, works almost flawlessly and allows you to add ample information about your contacts like relevant emails, websites and birthdates. Moreover, you can define your favourite contacts and place shortcuts to them on the home screen. As we have already mentioned, you seek for information via Google Search that is fully functional no matter if you decide to type in or rely on voice-based search.
Needless to say that keeping yourself organized on a day by day basis is an essential function in being one step ahead of the curve. The calendar on the phone will pull up all your appointments from Google Calendar and display it the same way you see it online. Multiple calendars will be displayed via a color coding system to allow easy distinction between everything – you can view it in either a daily, weekly, or monthly view.
Other than the main analog clock you can choose to set as a widget on the home screen, the other one you'll see is the one used for the alarm. You can set as many alarms as your heart desires and choose from five different clocks.
With the stock Android UI intact, you'll find a basic calculator to perform some basic calculations. Although this is the latest and most up-to-date incarnation of Android, we're still wondering why there hasn't been a focus around the organizer functions of the phones. Still missing in-box are items that have become common to any smartphone – world clock, notes, voice recorder, or tasks, but most of these (and more) can be downloaded from the Android Market.
1. aakin (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Dec 2009)
Do you think its worth waiting for the Google Nexus one or HTC bravo?
2. solidkevin (unregistered)
Bravo is the nexus but better imo
3. Kittu (unregistered)
Your Cons says short battery life and u give 9 for battery, and reverse for the camera... R u joking??
4. Marianitem (unregistered)
I`m getting this model in replacement to Dext/Cliq. Should i expect better performance in connectivity on wifi and gps antennas, overall speed, sound quality? I had 2 Dexts during a month and couldn`t get any of those to work properly, having to take twice each to a tech for wifi and gps problems, and system freezing. I prefer to be prepared. Thx. Great reviews BTW.
5. shashwat (unregistered)
compare the camera of milestone to dat of iphone??
6. aundre (unregistered)
i just bought an unlock motorla milestone but i am not sure how to find my contact on my sim and also i dont know how to set a pic that i have taken to my main screen without a small part showing
7. shashivydyula (Posts: 4; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)
This is My first android mobile and loved it.
Though there are many features missing compared to other devices I just love this phone.