|Brand New In Box Motorola Milestone A853 Black Unlocked Smartphone Qwerty GSM|
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|Designed to deliver android without compromise, Motorola Milestone is a blend of form and function that offers the thinnest QWERTY slider on the market and a high-resolution, multi-touch and pinch display with twice the pixels of the leading competitor. For users who want the ultimate smart phone experience, Milestone offers the ability to use multiple applications at the same time, effortless multi-touch pinch and zoom browsing, and cinematic navigation through music, videos and maps of the world.|
|UPC||5025322413142, 5025322413562, 629018044815, 723755812024|
|Storage Capacity||133 MB|
|Network Technology||CDMA / EVDO, GSM / WCDMA (UMTS)|
|Band||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (Quadband) WCDMA (UMTS) 900/2100|
|Supported Flash Memory Cards||MicroSDHC|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Battery Capacity||1400 mAh|
|Battery Talk Time||Up to 390 min|
|Battery Standby Time||Up to 380 hr|
|Display Technology||LCD display|
|Diagonal Screen Size||3.7 in.|
|Display Resolution||480 x 854 pixels|
|QWERTY Physical Keyboard||Yes|
Average review score based on 46 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
The Milestone is the GSM (AT&T/T-Mobile) version that is being sold as "Droid" by Verizon in the US. This version, in particular, is the Canadian phone, which enables 3G operation on AT&T's network in the US (the European Milestones do not support 3G, different frequencies). I use it on AT&T in the US - plug in your SMI card, open a Google mail account and you're ready to go.
The phone is very powerful and is running Android 2.1 (after over-the-air update) and will be compatible with Android 2.2. coming out soon.
Love the application store, very easy to find useful or playful apps for free or very low cost ($1-$5).
Screen is beautiful, very hard (no scratch!) and with high resolution (only an insignificant 5% less than the iPhone 4), pictures look sharp, videos run smoothly. Performance is fast and a pleasant improvement from my Palm Treo Pro running Windoze Mobile.
- the physical keyboard, which is one of the main reasons why I bought it, is less useful than expected. Due to its 5-way navigation pad, it is asymmetric and typing with your right hand is awkward at best. The keys also are too hard to press and too far apart. The "Droid2" changes that somewhat by making it symmetric and eliminating the 5-way pad.
- No front-facing camera. You can run Skype, but what's the point if you can't use video? Might as well use Yahoo IM or the phone.
Most of the drawbacks are in software and not a Motorola issue. I saw that the Verizon shell, for example, has less problems. Seems to depend on the provider. Some problems are:
- very awkward highlighting of text. Windoze Mobile does this much better
- very limited contact information. You can add more through the mandatory Google account, but it's astonishing that there is no birth date entry in the phone (it shows it when added through gmail, but can't edit).
- Most text fields in most applications are too large, only 2-3 per screen, making frequent scrolling a necessity. Using on-screen keyboard displays only one line at a time...
- inconsistent auto-rotation of screen. Most applications do it right, but the home screen stays vertical unless you slide out the keyboard.
- very limited folder and file management, only possible through 3rd party apps, and still remains limited.
- no control over file and folder restrictions. I just don't want to share all pictures with someone I'm trying to show SOME of them. The app displays all pics, regardless of folder.
- very awkward phone pickup and hang-up, requires to unlock the screen to hang up etc.
- no holster awareness, this is done nicely by Blackberry (turns phone to standby or silent when in holster)
- "silent" mode also prevents vibration, there is no hybrid, also something better done on Blackberry.
- many apps are too lean and often less useful than their browser incarnation (both Facebook and Amazon, for example).
- some very basic apps are missing, such as a notepad or a task list (can be had from app store)
Many more little flaws, I'm sure, but hopefully each Android revision will take care of some of these.
All in all, this is almost a full-blown, portable computer. I use it for SMS, email, calendar, contacts and extensive online activity. I don't often need a laptop... Very recommended, especially if you are bruised by Windoze Mobile or
the boring Blackberry shell.
I bought the Telus Milestone in order to use it on AT&T since the 3G frequencies are the same, and I didn't feel like renewing my contract by buying a new, subsidized phone.
My only fear is that I break this thing or lose it, and there won't be an insurance policy. Hopefully by then I'll be able to replace the phone for less.
The seller shipped my phone with a second battery, screen protector, case, third hi-capacity battery, and charging base/stand. I could not be happier with the condition everything arrived in.
Call quality and volume are both very good, although the case I am currently using does impede the noise-cancellation secondary microphone a bit.
Android 2.1 is phenomenal, although not quite as nice as on the Google/HTC Nexus One. The Android Market doesn't have as many apps as Apple's App Store, but it's nonetheless a great source of very useful software.
I picked this phone over the Nexus One due to the keyboard and outdoor-legible screen. Cellular reception is also allegedly much better.
Sadly, Motorola's version of Android 2.1 is missing the Nexus One 3D launcher. While I was able to add nearly all of the features of the Nexus One to my Milestone, I was never able to find a stable 3D launcher, except in European ROMs that disabled my 3G access.
Interestingly, it seems Germans and Argentines love this phone the most.
Tethering, VPN, IMAP, push Gmail, Google Turn-by-Turn Navigation with GPS, Google Goggles, etc. is all very easy on this phone. Sadly there are few eBook readers available, there is no built-in task-management software, music management pales in comparison to the iPhone, and Skype is still not available!
Still, if you would prefer not to buy an iPhone, I think this is still the best phone on the market. Its OMAP CPU may not be clocked as fast as the 1 GHz Snapdragon on the Nexus One, but it's pretty snappy. It also has 256 MB of RAM versus 512 MB on the Nexus One. Consider that only the iPhone 3GS has 256 MB of RAM.
My biggest frustration with this phone this weekend was my inability to restore the phone to a 100% clean firmware from the Motorola website. The update to Android 2.1 went off without a hitch, but restore images are literally available for all carriers and versions, except for Telus. Luckily I had a Nandroid backup available, but I had to install this on top of a Brazilian ROM. Note that I did jailbreak/root my device. This phone would be of less value had I not done so. (GPS would not connect until I reconfigured a protected text file that requires root access)
I got this phone from a buddy in the UK, and hooked it up on EDGE data on ATT. Was VERY happy with it for the first 4 months of owning it, and couldn't imagine a better phone. I could do my emails, read texts, and play music at the same time. I could GO ON THE WEB and stay in a phone convo at the same time. Just was amazing and the phone didn't limit what I did.
The first issue I encountered was the battery. It barely lasted 8 hours, and that's with background syncing and all that stuff backlight all that turned down. You'd be lucky to get 1 hour at best if all that was on. I got the extended battery, and when it helped, it somehow made my screen go nuts. No joke, put the old one in and the device screen works and never an issue. The extended battery, it scrolls, clicks n things, and the landscape mode didn't work. Motorola tech support recommended a full reset, so I had to set up everything once more.
The next issue I had was the music player integration. I can BLUETOOTH myself MP3 songs that AUTOMATICALLY are stored to the 8GB factory included SD card (finally), but they do not have any sort of identification. It says the track name- but with the track number, they are only in numeric order for example 01-"Only Time" The album names for everything that is Bluetoothed over is Bluetooth. It doesn't drag over the album name, and the artist simply reads unknown. I tried the USB with the same result, so i guess it's not all the bluetooth.
And while the ANDROID 2.1.1 Android operating system is a joy to use, you cannot save APPS to your SD card. This leads to small lagginess, such as Angry Birds, takes literally 2 minutes to fling the next bird. As far as I was told, processor speed has nothing do with this, and as this was a premium phone, I'd think it had a good processor in it.
It wows, but it could be better. Do I recommend it, yes, somewhat, if it can have it's issues fixed. I guess if you don't mind the SD issue it'd be a perfect phone, but unfortunately I decided it was something I didn't want to use and upgraded.
I bought this phone for myself and am glad i purchased it. This Motorola Milestone is what I have been looking for a touch screen and a slide out Qwerty Keyboard for easy inputting, great features,good quality, beautiful design and awesome price. Its fast and easy to set up email and other communication accounts.Access to android market for apps and games.
My rating: 8/10
Upgraded to Android 2.5 perfectly.
Product in Warranty to 3/28/2012
* The high-resolution and good quality
* Solid, consistent, hard
* Good performance
* Android 2.0 and all that that means
* Future promising platform
* Price unbeatable for a smartphone in Argentina
* I really liked (subjective)
* The camera could be better for low light
* As with any touch phone, the screen becomes a dirt
* Heat a little
* It makes clear that application consumes network
* The battery life is insufficient network-intensive