Motorola Milestone, FroYo out of the box

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Motorola Milestone, FroYo out of the box

Motorola’s Milestone (also known as the Droid) features Android 2; as such it comes with a number of key features.

First and foremost is support for voice search, which boasts remarkably accurate voice recognition considering you don’t need to train it. As long as you don’t mind looking odd, speaking random keywords into your phone on the street, it’s very effective indeed.

A number of other tweaks include a unified inbox, plus support for multiple Gmail accounts. There’s also native support for multitouch. Alas, as with so many bleeding-edge devices, Motorola leans far too heavily on its new software, leaving it unimproved. Where other manufacturers add extra desktop space, the Milestone is limited to the standard three screens, and there’s little extra software. We expected Motorola to include Motoblur as with the DEXT, but there’s no sign of it here.

And the hardware is less than stellar in the flesh too. The chassis is all sharp, hard edges and feels less than comfortable to hold. The sliding mechanism for the keyboard feels stiff and slow, and the keyboard, with its flat, indistinct keys, is deeply average.

There’s nothing major missing, the 3.7in 480 x 854 screen is impressive, and the 5-megapixel camera takes good shots, but we can’t shake the feeling that it’s a bit of an ugly duckling. Add the facts that battery life is average – 50% remained after 24 hours – and that general responsiveness is sluggish, and you have a good phone but not one that truly excels.

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