Motorola MILESTONE XT720 Review
Is it a mirror? Is it a reflective PCMCIA card? No, it’s the Motorola MILESTONE XT720! Touted to be Motorola’s camera-phone extraordinaire, this touch-screen phone mixes a traditional candy-bar form-factor with some interesting styling, a WVGA resolution screen and a hopeful 8MP camera on the back with auto-focus and a xenon flash. Running Google Android, could the MILESTONE XT720 be the media monster Android fan-boys have been craving for?
The first thing we notice about the Motorola MILESTONE XT720 is its shine. The front panel is reflective to the point that it can double up as a mirror. The back panel contrasts this to great effect with a navy blue matte brushed metal finish, adding both grip and a solid feel. Despite being only 10.9mm thick, this phone feels chunky for a touch screen handset of this size. With its angular styling, when compared with other touch-screen handsets such as the curvaceous HTC Desire, the edgy MILESTONE XT720 feels larger in the hand and pocket than its specs make out.
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The front of the phone is occupied by the capacitive screen. It is large and beautiful. With a resolution of 480x854 pixels, the display is sharp and bright, colours are vivid and viewing angles are great making it a pleasure to look at. The pixel density won’t rival that of the Apple iPhone 4, however, against other Android devices, it is at the top of the pile, beating the HTC Desire and the Samsung Galaxy S. As we mentioned, the mirror-like screen attracts finger prints very easily and while this isn’t so noticeable when the screen is illuminated, when on standby, the evident smudges don’t look good. Despite this glossy screen, the Motorola MILESTONE XT720 is viewable outdoors for the most part, except in very bright direct sunlight.
Below the display are four capacitive Android buttons, the phone speaker and the microphone, as well as indicators relating to the camera and gallery in the bottom right (under the camera button). On the top of the unit is the 3.5mm headphone jack, a mini HDMI port and the power button, with the volume rocker, camera button and gallery button on the right. The phone’s left hand-side contains a micro-USB port, with the battery cover, loudspeaker, camera and xenon flash all located on the back.
While we do think the overall design of the Motorola MILESTONE XT720 is solid and slick, it did leave us wanting, for example, the capacitive buttons underneath the screen were all too easy to press accidentally and the screen is a fingerprint magnet.