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Motorola Milestone 2 Review

written by: Balachandar Radhakrishnan•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 6/26/2011

Want a nice Android phone with a QWERTY keyboard and the latest hardware specs? Check out the Motorola Milestone 2. It has all of it, including Android 2.2 Froyo and a 5 MP camera.

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    Motorola-Milestone-2-1 The Android revolution has definitely begun. It's on its way to becoming the number one mobile platform in the US and the world. There are over 300,000 apps and games in the Android Market and there are hundreds of thousands of new Android device activations every day. It's also picking up on the tablet front, with almost all new tablet manufacturers choosing Android for their tablet. It just launched the new Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS for mobiles and Android 3.0 Honeycomb for tablets.

    The Motorola Droid was the first Android phone which was marketed heavily and had great sales. It was the tipping point of the Android revolution. Motorola soon launched the Milestone, which was very similar to the Droid, but was compatible with GSM networks. Now, it has launched the new Motorola Milestone 2, which improves on the Milestone in every way. It comes with Android 2.2 Froyo and offers superb hardware specs. In this review, I will check it out.

    Motorola Milestone 2 Specifications

    • Dimensions: 116.3 x 60.5 x 13.7 mm
    • Weight: 169 gms
    • Display: 3.7 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display, 480 x 854 pixels
    • OS: Android 2.2 Froyo
    • Processor: 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor
    • Graphics: PowerVR SGX530
    • RAM: 512 MB RAM
    • Memory: 8 GB internal storage, up to 32 GB microSD card support
    • Camera: 5 MP camera, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, dual LED flash, 720p video recording
    • Connectivity: GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA
    • GPS: GPS with A-GPS support
    • Battery: 1400 mAh Li-Po battery
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    Design and Display

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    The Motorola Milestone 2 has a very stylish and sleek design. It has dimensions of 116.3 x 60.5 x 13.7 mm which makes it one of the slimmest slider phones around. It is a bit heavy at about 169 gms but is quite compact and can be carried around easily. The phone has excellent build quality and the sliding action is very smooth.

    It has a nice 3.7 inch TFT capacitive touch-screen display with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. The display quality is great and it is quite responsive. It has nice brightness and contrast levels. Below the display are the four standard Android keys - Menu, Home, Back and Search.

    The QWERTY keyboard slides out from below the display. It is a superb 4 row QWERTY keyboard which is very comfortable to use. Thanks to the keyboard, you always have more space on the display. Unlike the Milestone, it comes with arrow keys, and not a D pad.

    The left side sports the microUSB port while the right has the camera key and the volume rocker. On the top, there is the power key and the audio jack, while the back has the 5 MP camera, dual LED flash and battery compartment.

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    User Interface

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    The Motorola Milestone 2 comes with Android 2.2 Froyo, the version on most new Android handsets. It also has the MotoBLUR UI shell which is filled with social networking goodies.

    It has a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor and 512 MB RAM while the graphics are handled by the PowerVR SGX530 GPU.

    It offers 8 GB internal storage and supports up to 32 GB microSD cards.

    The software - hardware combo is one of the best ones in the realm of Android. It is extremely fast and is expected to improve further with the launch of Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

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    Camera and Multimedia

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    The Motorola Milestone 2 comes with a 5 MP camera with autofocus and dual LED flash. It has an image capture resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels. The image capture quality is very good and the camera interface is great too. You can also apply a lot of effects to the captured images. It can also record 720p videos at 30 FPS. The video recording quality is also quite good.

    The Milestone 2 also has a very nice image gallery app, and comes with a superb music player. The audio quality is excellent. It can also play 720p videos with ease, and is ideal for watching movies.

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    The Motorola Milestone 2 offers the choicest connectivity options. It has everything - GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA and also has Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA. It also comes with a GPS transceiver with A-GPS and Google Maps.

    Web browsing on the Milestone 2 is a pleasure. The keyboard, coupled with the reasonably large display adds to the browsing experience on the best mobile browser which also supports Flash.

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    The Verdict

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    The Motorola Milestone 2 is one of the best QWERTY Android sliders available. It competes directly with the HTC Desire Z, but with a faster processor, and a better UI with Motoblur, I find the Motorola Milestone 2 a slightly better deal and I would definitely recommend it.