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The Motorola MILESTONE is the international (GSM) version of the original US-based Motorola Droid.

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Pros

large 3.7" touchscreen with high resolution (854 x 480px)

7 agree

now includes multitouch functionality, pinch-to-zoom, etc...

5 agree

slide out QWERTY keyboard

5 agree

open Android 2.0 OS

5 agree

3.5mm headphone jack

4 agree

WiFi

4 agree

multi-tasking capable

4 agree

car mount and nightstand docks - alters the Droid's interface/functionality to better suit their situation (eg/ alarm clock)

3 agree

fast processor

3 agree

5MP auto-focusing camera with dual LED flash

2 agree

Can be rooted and over-clocked easily and safely to 1 GHz

1 agrees
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
Cons

uSD card not hot-swappable (battery needs to be removed)

4 agree

no Google Maps Navigation

4 agree

camera is slow to take photos, properly focusing is hit or miss

4 agree

Low photo quality

4 agree

No wireless tethering without rooting or payed-for apps

4 agree

One hand operating is difficult

3 agree

all plastic enclosure

3 agree

Micro USB chargers from other vendors are not compatible

3 agree

flash memory isn't integrated into the device, the only option is microSDHC (not as fast)

2 agree

Slide out keyboard is childishly flat, senseless, and therefore slow to type

2 agree

Low quality speaker on back

1 agrees

No MS Outlook notes sync

1 agrees

No DivX playback

1 agrees

Battery does not last all day usage

1 agrees

Very '80s square, black & gold design

1 agrees

Capacitive system buttons are too easily pressed by accident

1 agrees

Firmware updates are not available. System update attempts cause false message "unable to connect".

1 agrees

Locked Bootrom

1 agrees

Search function does not cover calendar

1 agrees

Many Android Market apps will install, but cause problems later

1 agrees

OS freezes constantly for few seconds

1 agrees
  • Only 3 words are allowed.
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The Motorola MILESTONE is the international (GSM) version of the original US-based Motorola Droid (November 2009, Verizon Wireless). It was released in Germany through O2 and Vodafone, then in Canada through the Telus Network in 2010, and then later on throughout the rest of the world. Unlike the Droid, MILESTONE is equipped with support for HSPA rather than EV-DO Rev A. Additional changes include Motorola’s Motonav application instead of Google Maps Navigation, pinch to zoom, 8GB instead of 16GB memory, and the addition of an acclaimed multitouch functionality. The rest of the features are inherited from the original Droid, including a 3.7” touchscreen, 5MP camera, QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth, and WiFi.

Features
  • Motorola Droid International Version
  • Released in Germany (O2, Vodafone)
  • Released in Canada (Telus Network)
  • HSPA Connectivity
  • Motonav Application
  • Multitouch Functionality
  • Pinch to Zoom
  • 3.7” Touchscreen
  • QWERTY Keyboard
  • 5MP Camera
  • 720p Video Capture/Playback
Specifications
  • Form Factor: Slider
  • Android Platform: 2.0
  • Networks: WCDMA/900/2100, GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSPA, GPRS Class 12, WiFi
  • Processor Speed: 550MHz
  • Removable Memory: 8GB Included; 32GB Supported
  • Display: 3.7" WVGA (480x854)
  • Camera: 5MP w/4x Digital Zoom
  • Battery: 1400 mAh Li-Ion (350-380hrs)
  • Bluetooth: v2.1+EDR
  • WiFi: 802.11b/g
  • Video Capture: 720p @ 24fps
  • Video Formats: 720p @ 25/30fps
Supported A/V Formats
  • eAAC+
  • MP3
  • AMR WB
  • MPEG-4
  • H.264
  • WAV
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • H.263
  • MIDI
  • AMR NB
  • OGG
Optional Accessories
  • Motorola MILESTONE Multimedia Station | Turns the phone into an alarm clock.
  • Motorola MILESTONE Car Mount | Attaches phone to car via a windshield/dash mount.
Post Review
Pbb
04/08/2010 07:09

@Battiz:
- I just bought a nameless MicroUSB "sync" cable, and the Milestone charges (and communicates) fine with that.
- After 3 weeks, I have not seen any OS freezes/glitches yet, and only had one system crash (due to Opera Mini 5 beta).
- Have seen a few apps that had serious bugs, but that was not the Milestone's fault.
- I use my Milestone regularly during the day, and easily get two days out of one charge. (But be sure to install the Power Control widget, and turn off services that you don't use.)
- One of the first days I received the 2.01 update through checking System Updates, after that it told me no updates were available, but today for the first time I get the "unable to connect" error. I wonder if that is because servers are overloaded with sending out the 2.1 update, or if it is somehow related to my connection.

You are right about the clumsy keyboard and one-handed use, though I am getting better and faster with some practice.

Battiz
01/31/2010 06:50

Search function does not include calendar.
Sync does not cover Outlook's notes.
Keyboard is very flat and slow to write.
Micro USB charging is not standard; other chargers with micro USB connector will not charge.
OS freezes constantly.
Many Android market apps will install but cause problems.
Battery does not last all day.
Motorola will not release firmware update or the roadmap for it.
Operating is close to impossible with one hand.
I'm bit disappointed with my dear Moto, but it suits my Batmobile's color nicely. ;]

Dom
11/18/2009 02:13

Still strange why the DROID in the U.S. doesn't have multi-touch enabled, and the European version does. And, the Euro-version doesn't include Google Maps Navigation (yet). On the former, there have been rumors that Google and Apple have some sort of a "deal" or "arrangement" that the iPhone would have multi-touch exclusivity, but that being marketing and policy only, and not a fight over intellectual property. But who knows what's really going on behind the scenes.... does anyone else have information on this?

Yale
11/18/2009 08:33

ohhh... will be the best phone offered by Telus. Do want.

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