Motorola Milestone 2 Review
Even though this is definitly not a brand new phone (at the rate mobile devices are updated), I thought that it would be a great idea to do a quick review of it, seeing as I have one available to me for a short time. It’s worth noting that I haven’t been able to have days of use with this phone, I’ve had a couple of hours playing around with the device, and that is why my review of it is a little short.
The hardware of this device is something I really like, and I think that it is quite impressive. The design is very similar to that of a Motorola Droid, and the back of the device is something I really like. Very sleek, and good looking. The slide out keyboard slides out fairly well, and feels smooth and solid, however the keys seem a little undefined and I do find myself hitting a lot of the wrong ones. I can see this problem going away once you get used to it though, I guess just coming from the onscreen iPhone keyboard it feels a little weird. They do have a handy light up feature. I’m unsure to whether or not it’s an actual light behind the keys or more of a glow in the dark type thing, but either way it does the job well and they show up nicely in dimly-lit environments. The screen is nice, pixel density looks great and capacitive touch seems to work nicely. It’s five megapixel camera performs nicely and looks to take great pics. It also sports 720p video recording, which is a big plus for anybody who likes to film on their phone. Containing 8gb of onboard storage, pre-loaded with an 8gb micro SD (expandable to 32) this phone’s hardware looks pretty great, and it’s 1ghz processor gets the job done quite nicely!
I think this phone is very similar to what Ewan talks about with his Nokia N8, the software really lets the phone’s hardware down a bit. As much as I love Apple and iOS I still always try to keep an open mind with Android, because really there are some great devices that wouldn’t be without Android. Unfortunately however, Motoblur does not sit well with me. It feels a bit clunky, and the square sort of widgets that you get for things like calendar and news really just look ugly in my opinion. I’m not going to go to in depth with Motoblur, because it is a skin and not the actual phone, but suffice to say it is clunky, slow and really just looks sort of ugly. Something like HTC’s Sense or Samsung’s Touchwiz really tends to run and look better, but as with a bunch of other features this phone sports, it really is a matter of opinion. Apart from this though, 2.2 Froyo runs quite nicely on this phone. Generally quite smooth, and it’s functionality and features take your attention more than Motoblur, which in my opinion, is a good thing.
A place where this phone really does compete is it’s connectivity. The Milestone 2 touts a 10.1 flash supported browser, and the usual bluetooth and GPS you’d expect. Access to the Android Market, support for Corporate calendar, email and contacts along with all the usual Gmail and other google features. Facebook connectivity is a big plus too, and Motoblur’s Social Hub really does help out in this area.
Where this device faults in it’s software side, it really makes up for with it’s hardware and connectivity. It’s sleek design and fairly well built slide-down qwerty keyboard make this a really great android device for the average user. If you liked the Droid, you’re obviously going to like this, because it is a very, very similar phone. Motoblur isn’t all bad news too, as I may have made out in that previous paragraph. The Social Hub feature really is useful, and the Navigation functionalities really are quite useful. All of the power, (and faults) of Android partnered with this hardware really makes for a great phone.
I’d give the Motorola Milestone 2 a 7.5 our of 10.