Motorola MILESTONE XT720 Review

Performance:

Ultimately, almost everything about the MILESTONE XT720 has been positive so far, however performance is where that changes. We tested the European release, which packs a 550Mhz processor under the hood.  Slowdown occurs more often than we would expect it to on such a feature-rich phone. Some of the best things about the phone, for example the screen and camera, aren’t given the power needed to keep the experience smooth. The menus stutter quite a lot and trying to flick between home-screens is often laggy and unresponsive. The camera is also slow to fire. Ultimately, while the European release of the MILESTONE XT720 is perfectly usable, the lack of finesse outlined above drives a wedge between this and other premium Android devices in terms of usability. With the US release getting a boost to 720Mhz, it seems this is something Motorola have picked up on, though sadly too late for us European MOTO-FANS.

As far as the phone function goes, the Motorola MILESTONE XT720 excels. With noise cancelling on-board, call quality is exceptionally  clear when receiving calls.  Calls from the phone resulted in a good level of clarity with minimal interference. With reception also being very good, we’re pleased to say that this is one enjoyable phone to talk on.

Conclusion:

We like the Motorola MILESTONE XT720, we just don’t love it. Its richness in features means it will never be a total let-down, yet a couple of issues reduce it to mediocrity when it could have been something great. The slow camera and painfully jerky HD video capture, stuttering when scrolling through the menu and changing home-screens all make the European MILESTONE XT720 feel grossly underpowered for a current generation smart-phone. It does deliver however in providing a comprehensive set of features, that could be worth the sacrifice in finesse. Without the slick user experience we’ve come to expect from other phones such as the HTC Desire, and the Apple iPhone 4, we would recommend either of these as alternatives to the Motorola MILESTONE XT720. If you are looking for an Android alternative with a decent camera, check out the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 as well.

Motorola MILESTONE XT720 Video Review:


Pros

  • Great call quality
  • Great music experience
  • Bright and sharp screen
  • 8MP Camera with xenon flash
  • HDMI out

Cons

  • Slow processor affect many aspect of the phone
  • Camera over-softens images
  • Capacitive buttons below screen easy to press by mistake
  • Glossy screen attract finger-prints
  • Jerky HD video capture

PhoneArena Rating:

7.5

User Rating:

8.2
5 Reviews

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15 Comments

1. N86 unregistered

Oh noo - very very bad photos compared to N86. Is this 8 megapixels or 2 ?? Weak flash...

2. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I enjoyed the review. I've been waiting for this phone to come out on Tmo for months when I heard the XT720 went through the FCC with Tmo bands. Sadly this handset is never coming to Tmo, but it did launch with Cinncinati Bell, and also Newegg carries it unlocked. Problem is I don't live anywhere near Cinncinati, and paying $500+ for this phone cannot be justified when I can get a Vibrant on Craigslist for $350. Sucks cus I really like my Cliq XT and Motoblur, I just want a bigger screen and more powerful processor. Which I guess this one doesn't REALLY have, even 720mhz on an American version is a little skimpy when compared to $350 1ghz Vibrants. Another thing I found odd is that if you look at Motorolas North American Phone site they don't list the XT720. Which they should cus a regional carrier has them, but also cus they sell them unlocked. No love for the XT720, which is too bad, I'd have liked to get one subsidised through Tmo. I think you guys should have grabbed one from Cincinnati Bell and did a review of one an American will actually own. Cus I'm sure more people are buying these through C Bell than unlocked.

3. trentsinmypants

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 29, 2009

yikes.....is that motoblur I see running? (O_o)

4. Aryp unregistered

nope, this phone does not run MotoBlur on it.

5. vinsterdamus

Posts: 58; Member since: Feb 20, 2010

haha if this isn't motoblur then it's also not android :P Everything in the interface screams motoblur so please believe it son. (don't mean it in a bad way)

6. Aryp unregistered

i'm using one right now. isn't MotoBlur is those where they those Social Networking widgets on it?

13. johndru unregistered

yes it isn't MotoBlur. Just a stylish UI similar to "the blur". LOL.

7. cristianer

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 20, 2010

Photos are really bad. My N73 takes better photos with 3.2mp

8. B unregistered

http://www.engadget.com/2010/09/19/motorola-europe-repents-restores-milestone-xt720-cpu-to-720mhz/ European version to receive software update to unlock it's 720MHz processing power.

9. Aryp unregistered

Singaporean's users also have received the firmware update.

10. cristianer

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 20, 2010

Someone knows when milestone 2 is in the market?

11. OverRatedChild unregistered

Wow. This has EXACTLY the same photo qaulity as my super old Nokia 5320, which has a 2MP camera. really, wow. I almost feel as if Motorola just put in a 2mp camera and simply labelled it 8mp; and when questioned, they'll probably reply: "8MP Camera? What, no! It has 8 Mediocre Pixels! 4 Mediocre Pixels = 1 Mega pixel! This is the latest in phone camera technology! We at Motorola hope that people will enjoy this new form of measurement!" Leads to applause from easily-willed masses (Same guy's who think iPhone 4/3GS is better than every other phone on the planet).

14. johndru unregistered

my previous Motorola ZN5 (5mp kodak lens) can take way way better pictures than my xt720. It's like the original Milestone and this have the same camera module. They just upscaled to "8" and placed a xenon. lol

12. johndru unregistered

Just bought this recently and I'm loving most part of it. It's like my previous Milestone with better camera BUT don't expect it to be as good as Samsung Pixon12 in terms of image quality. I'd still say Pixon12 is the KING for cameraphones. Enough of the N8's marketing jig. Colors are too pale. The heck with the larger sensor. Is it really that large and significant? sheesh. Anyway, good job Motorola for challenging Samsung/HTC on the Android world. A little more and you might return to the top.

15. guest unregistered

@johndru , N8's image quality tend to be realistic not overly saturated. Please make your facts straight.
MILESTONE XT720
  • Display 3.7" 480 x 854 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP
  • Processor TI OMAP3430, Single core, 720 MHz
  • Storage 0.256 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1390 mAh(4.50h 3G talk time)

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