The Milestone isn't particularly good looking but it's easily one of the toughest Android smartphones we've ever tested
Ratings BreakdownEditor's Rating:
- Value for money:
Data services: Y
Media player/capture: Y
Motorola's handheld devices have earned a reputation for their vault-like build and the Milestone does nothing to tarnish that.
In hand the Milestone feels substantial - not surprising considering its weight of 165g - and it only takes sliding out the QWERTY keyboard from under the LCD to understand just how well-built this device is. The keyboard slides out with just the right amount of resistance and clicks firmly into place. If you're looking for a phone to stand the test of time, this is it.
Working on the keyboard, the sense of solidity remains but the small size of the keys retard progress - even those with small fingers mistakenly hit keys near the one they actually wanted. It's a good job then that the Milestone also features a 3.7-inch touchscreen LCD. This proved easier to work with and coupled with Android 2.1 the Milestone was quite easy-to-use.
The phone features a 5-megapixel camera and it returned some great photographs. Night shots were good as well thanks to the included flash.
In terms of overall experience however, the Milestone falls behind the HTC and Samsung Android devices simply because the latter two feel more polished and react faster. We were also unable to get this phone to work with the Android Marketplace and so couldn't install any of the free applications, no matter what we tried.