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Motorola Milestone review | Introduction

Published on: Monday, October 18th 2010                   Written by: Casper van der Kaaij - Photography by: Mark Peters

Motorola Milestone review

W e don’t get our hands on Motorola phones very often, and it has been a while since we did a test run of a new Motorola model. The last cell phone we had was a camera phone with special Kodak technology, the Motorola ZN5 that we actually didn’t hear much about in Europe. This is due to the fact that Motorola was not doing so well at the time. Just before the launch of the Motorola ZN5, a critical selection was made of the countries in which it would be introduced. Motorola is generally a respected brand in its home country, the U.S.A. Now Motorola’s mission is to win back lost market shares, and the Motorola Milestone is part of that strategy. Motorola is going down a new, logical road with the Android operating system. In the U.S. the Motorola Milestone was very successful. This raises our expectations even more.

Motorola Milestone Android smartphone review

Motorola Milestone Android smartphone review

 

Motorola Milestone retail packaging

Motorola Milestone retail packaging

Our first impression of the Motorola Milestone

The Motorola Milestone has a simple packaging with a cover detailing the specifications and pictures of the phone. After taking the Motorola Milestone out of its package, my first impression was not very positive. The cell phone appears chunky, the full QWERTY-keyboard has a boring design and the keys under the screen make it look like a senior citizen’s phone. Next to the Motorola Milestone, the package also includes a headset, a data cable, a charger, a software CD and instruction guides. After having played with the phone for a bit, the first impression is slowly but surely forgotten, mostly due to the Android operating system, although the design does have to appeal to you.

Motorola Milestone review

Motorola Milestone review

Motorola Milestone phone menu

Due to the fact that the Motorola Milestone uses the Android operating system, the menu setup is familiar. There are five different start screens that you can easily leaf through, by moving over the touch screen with your finger. A tab then appears above, which indicates what start screen that you are in. There are four keys found under the Motorola Milestone’s touch screen: the menu button, the settings button, a button for the search function and a button to go back. If you push the home button while in any of the start screens, you will go back to the first start screen. It might take some getting used to for people that haven’t already worked with the Android operating system, but in general the control is fast and easy.

 

Motorola Milestone battery

Motorola Milestone battery

Motorola Milestone software

Motorola Milestone software

Motorola ear phones

Motorola ear phones

 
 
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