Kyocera Milano Review4
Like many Sprint mid-tier Android devices the Kyocera Milano is a SprintID device, allowing for a few dozen downloadable custom layouts. At its base is Android 2.3.4, and without an ID pack the device is a nearly vanilla Android experience. With the exception of some Sprint apps like Mobile Wallet and Sprint Zone there is almost no bloatware on the device, which we appreciate. All the stock Android apps are in place, like the calendar, messaging and browser.
The one app that will stand out to some is the Eco Mode app, which is basically a quick settings app that lets you set options like backlight, brightness, haptic feedback and wallpaper to “green” settings. It isn’t anything special, but being reminded of your power consumption is never a bad thing.
Running off an 800 MHz Qualcomm MSM7627T with 512MB of ROM and RAM the Kyocera Milano is speedier than you’d expect. It stutters a bit in some more advanced animations and screen transitions, but in overall use it is relatively smooth. Quadrant scores were in the 1200-1300 range, putting the Milano on par with last year’s top devices like the Motorola Droid X and Samsung Nexus S.
The browser performs quickly enough, and while the magnifying glass zoom isn’t exactly fluid double tapping or using pinch to zoom works well enough.
The Kyocera Milano uses Sprint’s 3G EVDO Rev. 0 network and supports GPS, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and Wi-Fi b/g/n. Like most of their Android lineup, the Milano can be used as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to five devices.
Camera and Multimedia:
The Milano features a 3.2 megapixel camera that can record VGA video. While these may be pedestrian specs, the results were respectable. Fine details get fuzzy when viewed at full resolution, there is some expected grain in lower light situations and colors are a bit muted but for the casual user the images are perfectly usable. The same can be said about the video performance; while it isn’t perfect playback was smooth and audio was good. Options are fairly limited with no real adjustments other than choosing modes (ex, macro or portrait) and filters like sepia or black and white.
Kyocera Milano Sample Video:
The Kyocera Milano uses the stock Android music player so the experience is familiar with no surprises. Our test videos are encoded in H.264, MPEG-4, Xvid and DivX. The Milano only recognized the first two formats, and of those only the MPEG-4 files would actually play. We don’t imagine too many people will be using the low-res 3” display to watch movies however, so it isn’t a large issue. The included 2GB memory card can be expanded to 32GB if you’re looking to turn the Milano into a personal media player.