Motorola Milestone 2 review

£460
Price when reviewed

That’s all very impressive, but as it turns out this isn’t our favourite smartphone, and that slide-out keyboard is one of the main reasons. It looks as if it should make typing a doddle but it doesn’t, and that’s mainly because the action is indistinct and the keys aren’t separated enough. It isn’t a patch on the keyboards on the Desire Z or BlackBerry Bold 9780. It also adds a bulk and weight to the phone that makes it sag in the pocket.

Performance is mixed too. The Milestone 2 has a fast processor and coped well with every game and benchmark test we threw at it. It loaded the BBC homepage in an average of eight seconds, completed the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark in 7 seconds, and its 1GHz processor helped it play everything from Angry Birds to Raging Thunder 2 perfectly smoothly.

Our battery tests

Our battery tests are run over a period of 24 hours, at the end of which we record the percentage of capacity remaining on the phone’s battery gauge. At the beginning of this period we run a set number of tasks (a 30-minute phone call, an hour of audio playback and an hour of screen-on time), then leave the phone in the default email sync mode, linked to a test Gmail account for the remaining time.

It’s odd then, to have to report that the Milestone 2 doesn’t feel 100% responsive in and around the Android OS itself. Flicking from desktop to desktop, for instance, isn’t as buttery smooth as on, say, the HTC Desire Z, and the main app menu judders occasionally too.

The same goes for the 5-megapixel camera, with its dual-LED flash, which we found to be middling in quality. Its stablemate the XT720 has a higher-resolution 8-megapixel camera with a Xenon flash, so we’re nonplussed to see such an inferior snapper here.

The biggest disappointment of all, however, is battery life. After our 24-hour test, only 30% was left on the gauge of the Milestone 2, which puts it firmly in the bottom bracket of smartphones. In the same test, the Desire Z achieved a mighty score of 70% remaining after 24 hours.

Don’t get us wrong, we like the Motorola Milestone 2 in many ways, but that woeful battery life, the iffy keyboard and middling camera mean mean we can’t quite bring ourselves to recommend it. When you consider the HTC Desire Z is available on a broadly similar range of contract prices, we can’t see many choosing this instead.

Details

Cheapest price on contractFree
Contract monthly charge£20.00
Contract period24 months
Contract providerwww.buymobiles.net

Battery Life

Talk time, quoted9hrs 30mins

Physical

Dimensions60.5 x 13.7 x 116.3mm (WDH)
Weight169g
Touchscreenyes
Primary keyboardPhysical

Core Specifications

RAM capacity512MB
Camera megapixel rating5.0mp
Front-facing camera?no
Video capture?yes

Display

Screen size3.7in
Resolution480 x 854
Landscape mode?yes

Other wireless standards

Bluetooth supportyes
Integrated GPSyes

Software

OS familyAndroid

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