Features & Performance
Mobile High Definition Ready
Loaded within the Milestone XT is Google Android 2.1, which sees not much difference from the earlier Milestone's version. This is also true for its user interface and connectivity options, which we've covered extensively over here. The only differences you might notice here is the addition of the FM radio and Video Editor apps within the menu. The former has become a common sight amongst the newer Android devices, whilst the later is tied in with the Milestone XT's unique selling point.
The interface might be similar, but not so when it comes to the user experience. Compared to the Milestone, we were surprised at the slower speeds experienced on the Milestone XT. Given that the Milestone XT employs a faster processor clocked at 720MHz, it did throw us off track, and it is one of the biggest drawbacks of the device.If you've read our earlier summary, you'll be familiar with the Milestone XT's biggest selling point, that being Motorola's first device with 720p video recording capabilities, and with a HDMI port to output the recorded 720p videos onto an external HDTV. This is accompanied by an 8-megapixel camera with Xenon flash. Looking at the numbers, one might expect some above average performance from the Milestone XT's imaging capabilities. Thus, we conduct our usual imaging tests to determine if it does live up to its specifications.
Unfortunately, the returned imaging results were below our expectations. We noticed images to be white-washed, and details weren't clearly defined. The white-washed image was made even more obvious with the color chart test. The problem was once again prominent in the static image test, and close inspection of the image confirmed the lack of details and sharpness in the images.
Its 720p video recording shared the same fate as its still images, with a high amount of noise and frame losses in our test videos. This was apparent as soon as we plugged the unit into a HDTV via its HDMI port and noticed the substandard video quality that was displayed.
According to its specifications, the Milestone XT is rated for a talk time of up to 9 hours with its 1390mAh battery, Similar to our previous tests, we adopted our battery test with the following parameters: screen brightness and volume at 100%, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi active, with the latter used to constantly update Twitter feeds to simulate data download. Following which, a video encoded at 240 x 320 pixels resolution was looped on the Milestone XT, and the results are listed as below.
Perhaps the one saving grace for the Milestone XT is its battery life. It shares a similar mileage as the earlier Milestone, albeit the difference in battery capacity is reflected in the Milestone XT's shorter battery life. Samsung's Galaxy S still takes top spot for overall battery performance, but the heartening fact is that the Milestone XT managed to slightly outdo the HTC Desire. However, its added weight and dimensions still places the Milestone XT at a disadvantage when it comes to the portability index, ranked as the second lowest in the portability comparison. Putting the Milestone XT through a usual daily routine, we experience a similar mileage for most Android devices, lasting no more than a day with the usual cellular activities and data usage.