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Motorola Milestone review

Motorola Milestone - Second Chance

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Overall rating 9/10
Design:
9
Features:
9
User-Friendliness:
8.5
Performance:
9
Value:
9.5
THE GOOD
Slim form factor
Syncing features by Motorola
High battery mileage
THE BAD
Stiff slider mechanism
Flat keys
Heavy


Performance

Power of a Droid

What can one expect from the Milestone? To put things into perspective, let us review some of its main specifications. For sure, the Milestone's 550MHz processor won't have the raw power of the 1GHz processors found on the Nexus One or the upcoming HTC Desire. But that doesn't exactly put it at a disadvantage, seeing as the user experience was smooth and lag free for the most part.

There isn't much to say with the user interface, seeing as how it is mostly similar to what we've experienced on the Nexus One. The 3.7-inch screen was sufficient for us to enjoy videos with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. Skipped frames were not discernible, though its colors aren't as rich after our experience with AMOLED screens from the Nexus One or even Samsung's Super AMOLED on the Samsung Wave. Still, we were not too disappointed with the video quality, and thought better of its audio playback. Our only grouse would be the lackluster interface for its music playback, and the numerous clicks required to search for a specific song.

What could give the Milestone a slight advantage is the inclusion of a dual-LED flash accompanying the 5-megapixel sensor. Images taken were processed quite swiftly, taking slightly more than 1 second to autofocus and approximately 3 seconds to process the image. We put the device through our resolution and color tests under a strong incandescent light to test its white balance rectification.

What could give the Milestone a slight advantage is the inclusion of a dual-LED flash accompanying the 5-megapixel sensor. Images were taken and processed quite swiftly, taking slightly more than 1 second to autofocus and approximately 3 seconds to process the image. We put the device through our resolution and color tests under a strong incandescent light to test its white balance rectification.

The resolution chart gave us some decent results, with readings of approximately 600 on the vertical and horizontal lines. Colors were well balanced across all hues as seen on the color chart, but we did notice images to be slightly white washed under the strong lighting. This white balance overcompensation will only happen rarely under strong incandescent lighting, and shouldn't create too much of an issue for your daily photography needs. Detail levels are considerably good for a mobile phone camera, as seen in the shots. Noise level isn't too obvious, but you might experience a higher amount with night shots.

With a wider variety of Android devices available to date, we compare the power efficiency across more devices. The Acer Liquid, Google Nexus One and HTC Hero are chosen for its near similarity to the Milestone's specifications with regards to its battery capacity, display size, resolution and its processor power.

Specifications/Device Motorola Milestone Acer Liquid Google Nexus One HTC Hero
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + A2DP
  • HSDPA
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
  • Bluetooth 2.0 + A2DP
  • HSDPA
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + A2DP
  • HSDPA
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
  • Bluetooth 2.0 + A2DP
  • HSDPA
  • GPS with A-GPS
Dimensions
  • 115.8 x 60 x 13.7 mm
  • 115 x 62.5 x 12.5 mm
  • 119 x 59.8 x 11.5 mm
  • 112 x 56.2 x 14.4 mm
Weight
  • 165g
  • 135g
  • 130g
  • 135g
Screen size
  • 3.7-inch, 854 x 480 pixels
  • 3.5-inch, 800 x 480 pixels
  • 3.7-inch, 800 x 480 pixels
  • 3.2-inch, 320 x 480 pixels
Battery
  • Li-Ion 1400 mAh
  • Li-Ion 1350 mAh
  • Li-Ion 1400 mAh
  • Li-Ion 1350 mAh

It's pretty hard to trounce the Nexus One's power efficiency numbers, seeing that it has a lengthy battery uptime that goes well with its slim form factor. Good news for Motorola, for it seems the Milestone managed to up the ante with a slightly longer battery life. Earlier, we mentioned the Milestone's unique combination of being a dense yet thin device. Couple this with the numbers we gathered from the battery test, and you'll notice the Milestone's Portability index to be lower than the Nexus One. Though both do share similar dimensions, the added weight puts it at a slight disadvantage, even with a longer lifespan than the Nexus One. Needless to say, the Milestone's impressive uptime gave both the Acer Liquid, HTC Hero and most other Android devices a run for their money in the battery test segment. But take into consideration the following points - the Milestone is using a more manageable processor speed, which should achieve better results for the same battery capacity. On a single charge, the Milestone functioned for an entire day and made it to the following morning with just a trickle of battery left.