Since its UK release in November 2009, the Motorola Milestone (also known as the Motorola Droid in the US) has proven to be a popular handset and its easy to see why. It features an impressive spec list incorporating a wide range of advanced technology making it one of the most desirable mobile phones available today.
It is quite a large handset, but this is forgivable given the mount of technology packed into the handset, but this can be seen as a bonus as it allows the inclusion of a large 3.7 inch TFT capacitive touch screen. This utilises pixels at 480×854 to display 16 million colours for excellent quality display of on screen content. As well as touch screen navigation, a full QWERTY keyboard offers an efficient means of text entry. An accelerometer sensor allows the screen to be viewed in portrait and landscape forms as it rotates the screen content according to the orientation of the phone.
MP3 and WAV files can be set as ringtones alerting the user to incoming calls and messages, which also works in conjunction with standard vibration. A speakerphone system with stereo speakers and a 3.5mm audio jack offer options for talking hands free.
133 MB of internal storage is available as standard with 256MB ROM. A micro SD slot has a pre-installed 8GB memory card for storage of data such as media files; however this can be increased to 32GB simply by installing a lager memory card.
A variety of connectivity options means the Milestone is always connected. Class 12 EDGE and GPRS offer the primary method of connecting to networks, whilst HSDPA and HSUPA connect the phone in areas covered by 3G. A faster internet connection can be established thanks to Wi-Fi utilising the signal provided by local wireless internet routers. Bluetooth is installed, offering a convenient and free method of file transfer. Finally micro USB connectivity allows the phone to be connected to a computer in order to carry out tasks such as transferring and backing up data such as media files and contact info.
The Motorola Milestone features a built in digital camera boasting 5MP (2592×1944) offering the ability to take high quality sill images. The task is simplified thanks to features such as autofocus and dual-LED flash. As an alternative to still photos, it can also shoot video in D1 quality (720×480) at 24 fps.
The media player supports most common formats of music and video files, whilst alternative entertainment options include stereo FM radio and downloadable games. Additional applications include Google search, maps and Gmail along with direct access to sites such as YouTube. A whole host of both free and paid applications can be downloaded via Android Market. This is similar to Apple’s famous AppStore. The Android OS v2(Eclair) handles applications with ease, coupled with a 600MHz processor.
With its wide variety of applications, and touch screen navigation coupled with a slide out QWERT|Y keyboard, it is easy to see how this quality handset has appealed to so many in a relatively short space of time.
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