We have been testing the Motorola Milestone, European version of the Motorola Droid, for a week, and despite all the hype that was created to your around, I have to say that it has left us quite contradictory sensations.
The Motorola Milestone It’s not a bad phone, but it is not the motive that we were promised and some of the aspects that had to be groundbreaking – as the physical keyboard – have finished being all a disappointment.
The keyboard and trackpad of the Motorola Milestone
The great contribution of the Motorola Milestone It had to be their physical keyboard, but it has not happened. The sliding keyboard is large enough as to that it was comfortable but the keys are very flat and need to make enough pressure making it somewhat uncomfortable and slow to work with it.
In return the touch keyboard in this version of Android, the 2.0.1, works perfectly, is very fast and comfortable, which forces you to ask for what you need a physical keyboard if the touch is more practical – not to mention the extra weight that adds-.
The trackpad isn’t the best we have seen. The ball of the Nexus One or HTC Magic are much more practical, or even the new optical trackpads that has included HTC HTC Desire or HTC Legend are more usable.
The problem returns to be the same as with the keyboard, is very flat and in this case needs that much move the finger to be used, losing comfort and immediacy.
The screen is correct, it has a resolution of 480 × 854 pixels 3.7 inch. Video playback quality is quite good, similar to the one of other models.
The Motorola Milestone, Unlike in the Motorola Droid, It is multi-touch, and used the same gestures that the iPhone to move around the interface and the Web.
The display usually responds well, even with vertical touch keyboard, which is fairly small and need precision, but for some reason there are websites and applications that work perfectly in other models and in the Motorola Milestone they are problems of accuracy. In addition, despite having a good processor – 600 MHz – it is not as fluid as it would be desirable – the scroll on websites it runs aground-, something that other phones with similar processors not happens.
The 5 megapixel camera with LED flash has a button dedicated copper colour that facilitates the capture. In this sense, the camera is very practical, but the problem is that you need to be a bright day that photo goes well; otherwise we will find much ADO.
Instead the video has a pretty good quality for what are often the videos recorded with mobile. Also useful to allow the phone to upload the videos directly to YouTube.
Despite the fact that does not come with the latest version of Android, the 2.1, the differences of face to the user between the two versions are minimal, although this is a point in favor of the Nexus One, that it does.
What is significant is that, unlike other Motorola, does not come with Motoblur – customization of Motorola that puts you in the home screen updates to social media you want-.
In addition, unlike in the Motorola Droid, the Motorola Milestone it comes without Google Maps Navigation since Google maps are not yet active in Europe. Motorola solve it including MOTONAV, a similar application of Motorola Although with less gotten graphics.
The Motorola Milestone It is a sturdy phone with quality finishes. The construction seems durable.
It’s a somewhat angled phone with a style reminiscent of the 80’s and copper-colored metal finishes. The rear is slightly rubbery giving it certain non-slip properties which are always welcome.
Having a touch screen it is easy it is constantly full of fingerprints, but honestly, I’ve had much more dirty touch phones, which is not bad.
The Motorola Milestone It is a good phone with some glitches. Possibly the most important is that your physical keyboard is not as comfortable as it should be and even making the effort to use it, ends up being a deadlift for phone.
On the other hand, the 600 MHz processor and the microSD card get that several applications can be used at the same time without ‘choking’ too easily phone.
Although possibly the biggest problem of the Motorola Milestone is the existence of the Nexus One, a mobile superior in many aspects, which has supplanted it as the Android most wanted.
Update: Moto Milestone back in stock in UK
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