Motorola MILESTONE XT720 Review
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.
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:
- Great call quality
- Great music experience
- Bright and sharp screen
- 8MP Camera with xenon flash
- HDMI out
- 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
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- 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)