We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Android smartphones Reviews
15,670 Reviews

Motorola Milestone review

£449 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Motorola

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Motorola Milestone - Droid in the US - is a mobile phone that caused a big stir on arrival last year.

The Motorola Milestone - Droid in the US - is a mobile phone that caused a big stir on arrival last year (see our Motorola Droid review).

It's trite to call any mobile an 'iPhone killer', but the Motorola Milestone is the phone that pushed the Google Android OS across the pond, making it look a credible alternative to Apple's iconic smartphone.

Since then, Google has waded in with its own Nexus One. So should you buy the highly regarded Motorola Milestone or take a punt on a Google Nexus One? (Here's our in-depth review of the Google Nexus One.)

The Motorola Milestone has an 550MHz processor compared to 600MHz in the Apple iPhone 3GS - and 1GHz in the Nexus One. And the Milestone runs older Android 2.0 firmware, but adds multi-touch support outside the US. This is supported throughout the OS and extends to the browser and photographs, something the Nexus One has had switched off.

It has a 5Mp camera and flash with a dedicated camera button fitting underneath your right index finger. Last and certainly not least, the bottom half of the Motorola Milestone slides to reveal a full qwerty keyboard with four-way controller. Motorola is claiming the keyboard as the thinnest available, and the Milestone certainly isn't chunky.

The Motorola Milestone's keyboard is a welcome touch, although opinion on these is divided. We found these hard keys too small to enable any more accuracy than the virtual keyboard, also included in Google Android 2.0.

Perhaps most interesting is a voice recognition system which sends your soundbites to Google for translation - and even recognises an English accent. It's linked to all your Google info on the Motorola Milestone phone (such as contact and calendars) plus Google search results, but falls over when you're off the phone grid. Voice recognition is something that really hasn't worked for us before but was somewhat more accurate here.

Unlike the iPhone the Motorola Milestone sports a removable battery, and comes supplied with an 8GB microSD card.

Android itself has advanced since its launch, and now has multi-touch so you can zoom in on web pages and images using the pinch gesture.

As well as third-party apps from the Market, Android includes in the Motorola Milestone Google software you won't find elsewhere. Google Maps, for example, incorporates Latitude to spot your friends locations; and Motorola includes a 60-day trial of its Motonav sat-nav app.

NEXT: our expert verdict >>

NEW! Explore PC Advisor's virtual BlackBerry smartphone

Motorola Milestone Expert Verdict »

Motorola Milestone reviews verified by Reevoo

Motorola MilestoneScores 7.9 out of 10 based on 39 reviews
Quad-band slider smartphone
Google Android 2.0
3.7in (854 x 480) capacitive multi-touch LCD touchscreen, 16 million colours
850/900/1800/1900MHz, 900/2100MHz
550MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor
PowerVR SGX 530 GPU
512MB flash memory
8MB microSD card
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with A2DP
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The Motorola Milestone is a great phone, and it's easy to see why it caused a stir in the US. But time moves quickly in the mobile market, and Google’s Nexus One trumps it in most areas. Sure the Nexus lacks multi-touch but that may be reversed in the future. Google's own is faster and its 2.1 OS is visually better.

  • Motorola Milestone 2 review

    Motorola Milestone 2

    The Motorola Milestone 2 Android smartphone is visually similar to its predecessor, but a faster processor and support for Flash are welcome improvements. Updated 25 March 2011

  • Motorola Milestone XT701 review

    Motorola Milestone XT701

    The Motorola Milestone XT701 Android smartphone has many things in common with the original Milestone smartphone, but ditches the physical QWERTY keyboard. The Milestone XT701 also adds HD video recording and a Xenon flash to a lighter, more attractive form factor.

  • Google Nexus One review

    Google Nexus One

    The coveted "Google phone" is finally here, but HTC's Google Nexus One isn't quite the superphone that Google intimated it would be. Updated 29 April 2010.

  • Google Nexus 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus comparison: Nexus 6 is bigger than iPhone 6 Plus and in some ways better (but not all)

    Google Nexus 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus comparison: Nexus 6 is bigger than iPhone 6 Plus and in some ways better (but not all)

    How does Google's new smartphone compare with Apple's smartphone offerings? Here, we find out when we put the rivals head-to-head in our Nexus 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus comparison.

  • Motorola Defy review

    Motorola Defy

    The Motorola Defy is a very well-built Android 2.1 Eclair handset that, like the iPhone, packs in a 3.6in screen – only it’s half a centimetre smaller overall. Updated, 23 March 2011

IDG UK Sites

Sony Xperia Z3+ release date, price and specs: The Xperia Z4 for the UK

IDG UK Sites

Why Intel’s vision of the future is a future I want to live in

IDG UK Sites

10 amazing, creative uses of tech – and the brands behind them

IDG UK Sites

Jony Ive 'semi-retired' into new role: kicked upstairs as Chief Design Officer