Motorola Milestone 2 review

4 Feb 2011

Good software, but the keyboard isn't very good and battery life is poor

Price when reviewed: 
460inc VAT
4

We didn't like the original Motorola Milestone much when it first came out over a year ago, mainly due to its rather ugly, awkward design. The Milestone 2 has addressed those concerns, smoothing off the corners and edges and delivering a phone that's much more comfortable in the pocket and the hand.

It isn't just the design that's seen an improvement. Motorola's flagship handset has Android 2.2 with Flash 10.1 support, a bright and clear 3.7in capacitive touchscreen with a 480 x 854 resolution, a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 802.11n Wi-Fi support and a slide-out Qwerty keyboard for those who just don't get on with onscreen text entry.

It also comes with Motorola's latest version of Motoblur. This manages all your email and social networking needs, delivering updates from Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, LinkedIn, Last.FM, Picasa, Flickr and more, via a selection of resizable desktop widgets.

Motorola Milestone 2

These widgets are pretty slick, but they're not the only thing we like about Motorola's software. Drag and drop any icon or widget on one of the Milestone 2's seven desktops, and any other icon in the way will move out of the way for it. With the standard Android desktop you have to make space for an icon or widget before dropping it in place.

And there's also a huge variety of useful, pre-installed apps for you to play with too. The DLNA media server app allows you to stream video and audio over the network from and to compatible devices, but also copy files to and fro. Mobile Hotspot lets you turn your phone into a wireless router, so non-3G devices can use its 3G connection. And Motorola also includes a copy of Swype, the innovative text-entry system that allows you to trace-out letters to enter words, rather than tap the screen.

Details

Price ex VAT £383
Price inc VAT £460
Cheapest price on contract Free
Contract monthly charge £20.00
Contract period 24 months
Contract provider www.buymobiles.net
Features & Design 6
Value for Money 4

Battery Life

Talk time, quoted 9hrs 30mins

Physical

Dimensions 60.5 x 13.7 x 116.3mm (WDH)
Weight 169g
Touchscreen yes
Primary keyboard Physical

Core Specifications

RAM capacity 512MB
Camera megapixel rating 5.0mp
Front-facing camera? no
Video capture? yes

Display

Screen size 3.7in
Resolution 480 x 854
Landscape mode? yes

Other wireless standards

Bluetooth support yes
Integrated GPS yes

Software

OS family Android