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Motorola Milestone 2 review

£429 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Motorola

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

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

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

Motorola’s Milestone 2 sports the same look as the original Milestone (aka Droid), weighs an identical 169g and is a chunky 14mm thick. 

Improvements to the Motorola Milestone 2's 3.7in-screen handset include a switch from a hardware navipad to suitably responsive touchscreen controls, while the 1GHz processor and Android 2.2 Froyo OS make for swift navigation. We also liked the inclusion of Swype - an alternative input method for less dexterous typists and anyone who prefers smooth movements to stabbing at a sheet of toughened glass. 

Setting up email is straightforward, and Motorola offers remote data-wiping should you lose your handset. 

There’s 8GB of internal memory to store music, photos and video. Image stabilisation comes into its own here: we took some razor-sharp shots with great colour balance using the 5Mp camera. HD video at 720p is also supported. 

The 480x756-pixel screen is less vibrant than that of the Motorola Defy and positively muted by comparison with the super-bright Google Nexus S and HTC Desire HD handsets in our smartphones group test

As on the Defy, MotoBlur comes preinstalled. This is easily ignored if you prefer to approach your apps on a need-to-use basis. 

With 3G and internet tethering, support for DLNA media sharing, Bluetooth 2.1, an FM radio and a nippy web browser, the Milestone is an above average Android 2.2 smartphone. It’s also built like a tank.

Next page: Our original review of the Motorola Milestone 2, from October 2010 >>

See also:

Group test: what's the best smartphone?

Motorola Defy review

Google Nexus S review

HTC Desire HD review

Motorola Milestone review

Motorola Milestone 2 Expert Verdict »

Motorola Milestone 2 A953 reviews verified by Reevoo

Motorola Milestone 2 A953Scores 8.8 out of 10 based on 23 reviews
Google Android 2.2 smartphone
WCDMA 900/2.100MHz
GSM/Edge 850/900/1,800/1,900MHz
3.7in (480x854) touchscreen (multitouch)
8GB internal memory
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
slide-out qwerty keypad
Google services
Facebook app
5Mp camera with image stabilisation, dual-LED flash and digital zoom
supports microSD up to 32GB
3.5mm audio jack
1,400mAh lithium-ion battery
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 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 7 of 10 overall

Having launched just six months ago, the £25-per-month price tag of the Motorola Milestone 2 is very reasonable. We found ourselves more often turning to its more compact sibling, the Defy, but this remains a top choice if your requirements are business-grade and indestructible.

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