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.
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