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Motorola Milestone XT720 Full Review and Price Comparison

Category : Mobile Phones, Motorola

Basically, the Motorola Milestone XT720 is a Motorola Milestone (aka Droid for the USA) without the qwerty keyboard and the addition of a touchscreen interface with a minor facelift. You get the same 3.7 inch screen but a true flagship mobile phone packed with virtually every possible feature. One of th emany claims to fame with this handset is the 8 megapixel camera on board (to put things into perspective, other top Android powered phones like the HTC Desire and Samsung Galaxy S only have 5 megapixels). In addition to high spec camera, you have all the connectivity features (Wi-Fi, 3G, HSDPA and Bluetooth), GPS satellite navigation, FM radio and music player, microSD card slot, accelerometer for switching between screen views, video recording and a mini HDMI out socket.

Unlike the Motorola Flipout however, the Milestone XT720 does not have the Motoblur interface, just the standard Android 2.1. This makes the XT720 slightly less fussy in terms of screens and customisation. Unfortunately it also means no built in social network integration. However there are many applications available for Android phones which support the various social networking websites.

Appearance is decidedly futuristic with lots of chrome and glass effects accentuating the smooth curves. In addition to the screen, the front of the phone has 4 touch sensitive buttons (menu, home, back, and search) and dedicated camera keys.

The only thing that stops the Motorola Milestone XT720 taking the pole position in the Android smartphone wars is the decision to use the 550Mhz chip instead of the more powerful 1Ghz Snapdragon. We can only assume this was done for financial reasons. In practice you will not notice the difference most of the time, but try to do too much at any one time and performance will start to suffer.

The camera is amazing and not just in terms of 8 megapixel quality. There are a whole host of features which you would normally find on high end photography devices such as ISO control between 100 – 800, touch to focus feature, image stabilisation, face detection, various scene modes and fast mechanical shutter. This camera is probably better than the digital SLR cameras on sale just a few short years ago!

Advantages:
3.5mm headphones jack, HDMI out for connection to HD-Ready TV, full range of connectivity options (Wi-Fi, 3G, HSDPA and Bluetooth), 8 megapixel camera with video recording at 720 pixels, Android 2.1, GPS for navigation, HTML5 ready browser, ships with 8GB microSD card in retail pack. Available right now on T-mobile and Vodafone

Disadvantages: No Motoblur interface from Motorola, 550Mhz processor rather than the more powerful 1Ghz Snapdragon,

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