Motorola milestone 2 in Test

With the milestone 2, the Americans bring their flagship on the State of the art. Anyone looking for an Android Smartphone with mechanical typewriter style keyboard, should look at the milestone 2.

  1. Motorola milestone 2 in test
  2. Keyboard
  3. Hardware
  4. Operation
  5. Equipment, laboratory results and conclusion
  6. Data sheet
  7. Rating

With the milestone, Motorola has returned a year ago on the mobile market. Google’s open Smartphone operating system came just at the right Motorola – finally got the Americans to a contemporary platform as a supplement to their long experience in the mobile development.

The peculiarity of the first milestone was the mechanical keyboard, which a year later is still the exception on Android smartphones. And so also the milestone 2 for all users is highly interesting, who want to place value on a good QWERTY keyboard and yet not renounce a large display.

In the test on the following pages, we introduce the Motorola milestone 2 in detail.

A robust sliding mechanism releases the keyboard of the Motorola milestone 2; This game has the mechanics of the test device neither open nor closed.

The slider of the Motorola milestone 2 is initially a bit stiff, but it engages securely in both positions – having to use more force is always rather than a smooth-running, but shaky solution for us.

The keyboard consists of four lines, the digits are housed by the PC used on the top line and are called in the text field while holding down of the ALT key.

Will save in the phone function of the system is located, you can enter digits even the additional keystroke at the Motorola milestone 2. The caption of the consistently doubly occupied keys of is clearly resolved. Digits and special characters, which also selected over the ALT key are displayed in blue and hardly less than the other white keyboard caption.

Special presser on which umlauts missing ä, ö, and ü, only by holding the button “a” option to the “ä” is offered.

In the test we got along quickly with the keyboard of the Motorola milestone 2, especially since also the feel is right. Each key is Center barely distinguishable, but well noticeable increased, so you attack rarely next to it.

The top line is so far from the upper part of the housing, it is within easy reach, and otherwise disrupt any increases to the keyboard. The right thumb comes without effort on the typical Android control buttons, located right next to the display when open. How are designed with its predecessor as sensor keys, quickly resulting in case of accidental contact mistrades

The display: On the amount of time

On the display, nothing has changed in comparison to the milestone 1, yet is the indication on the amount of time. The 480 x 854 pixels on the 3.7-inch TFT display make for a brilliant display of detailed photos. Fonts are drawn also clean, which has enticed Motorola, to reduce their size in some places a tad bit too far.

Overall display of the Motorola milestone 2 represents surface but clearly the Android. Quite so bright the display doesn’t seem like the now increasingly encountered OLED screens although, the colour contrast is still more than enough.

Also on the size of the high-quality Smartphone, nothing has changed with the Motorola milestone 2. Say: Who wants to have a large display and an easy-to-use QWERTY keyboard, must be ready to carry a little klobigeres device.

In particular the height of 14 millimeters is nowadays but slightly chubby. 169 grams, the Motorola milestone 2 is tired of in hand, thanks to the soft-touch surfaces on the back, on the sides and on the keyboard you have the phone remains securely in the handle.

The display cover is not quite as robust as in the Motorola Defy with his Gorilla glass, and very strong pressure from the surface is minimal, yet so stable that even a fall out of your Pocket should do any harm to the Motorola milestone 2 is the whole thing.

Faster processor, more memory

Motorola has again built a capacitive display, which responds to mere touch. And so fast, how it can be expected that a current Android smart phone in this price range. Because the processor the Americans have upgraded vigorously: the cycles now with 1 GHz and thus almost twice as fast as the previous model, has been multiplied the memory to 512 MB.

The first milestone has some users for more performance overclocked. This is no longer necessary with the Motorola milestone 2, minor delays may occur when an application is started, first of all must get data from the Internet such as Google maps or the browser.

Otherwise scroll can be even through long lists quickly and fluently, and also zoom in and zoom using multi-touch the representation follows the input without delay. Motorola at the Motorola milestone 2 has also significantly increased internal memory: were the users so far only around 150 MB for data available, marching the milestone with approximately 6.5 GB of free space on.

The memory of the Motorola milestone 2 will also further expand itself via micro-SD card – that works out the map change only when a battery and that is not in operation, is irrelevant in everyday life

Seven customizable home screens are available for the Motorola milestone 2 available, which can be taken not only with shortcuts to major functions in the menu, but also Motorolaeigenen widgets.

These are as a small window on the display desired start screen and show, for example, the recent news from the email mailbox. It is but still slightly more sophisticated: so can be for frequently used contacts set up actions, that can be launched with the touch of a button. Who sends SMS, for example, primarily a specific contact, can the widget program that immediately starts the message editor together with a suitable receiver.

Also, the Motorola milestone 2 supports Motorola’s own Motoblur service. It requires a short registration and henceforth collects news from social networks, for example, status updates, and send them in compressed form directly on the display of your Smartphone.

From there, you can comment the events also right back. This FM as a news source for selecting a stand next to the classics such as Facebook and Twitter also LinkedIn, Picasa, MySpace, or load.

What is missing is the ability to turn off certain sources from time to time. Who want to listen anything for a few days of Twitter, must delete immediately all Twitter access in the Motoblur settings, stop the chirping. But besides the service really fun – and who cares not about the new-fangled Web 2.0 chatter, which leaves him just left

The equipment, Motorola has changed much otherwise. Fast Internet access via Wi-FI and HSPA, as well as the necessary navigation GPS receiver are standard in this price class long ago.

The camera continues to take photos with 5 mega pixels of nominal resolution, offers a well controlled autofocus and two LEDs flash replacement. Souped up, Motorola has the camcorder function: the milestone 2 turns with HD resolution.

Tethering is also possible thanks to additional software: so a laptop via Wi-FI can use the UMTS-connection of the Smartphone. Also a voice control, as well as quick Office for the editing of Office files are installed on the test device. And whom it offered is not enough will find countless apps in the Android market, which he can use to extend the functionality of.

Improved power consumption

The proximity to the first milestone is reflected also in the laboratory: reception and the acoustics on the phone have remained unchanged and are at a good level. The caller sounds natural, and if need be, the milestone 2 can be rotated slightly louder than its predecessor.

The newcomer, however, rose sharply at the endurance. The first milestone was a high power consumption in standby mode in the test. That has significantly optimized Motorola at the milestone 2nun, resulting in a significantly better assessment and in everyday life means that the Smartphone at times can hold two to three days, if it is rarely in use. The operating time of about 5:30 hours in intense duration use, however, nothing changed.

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As it should be for a flagship: the Motorola milestone 2 is an investment with a price of 550 euros. Where is the device in free trade without a contract from 470 euros to get.

Especially the better performance and optimized power consumption, as well as the Motoblur Web 2.0 service like compared to its predecessor. Anyone looking for an Android Smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard, can’t find anything better at the moment.

Data sheet

FACILITIES
SYSTEM
Operating system Android 2.2
Processor / clock speed (MHz) TI OMAP3630-1000 / 1024
internal memory (MB) 6500
Memory card slot MicroSD
QWERTY keyboard / touchscreen / multitouch / /
Battery type / variable Li-ion /.
SCOPE OF DELIVERY
Headset / data cable /
Size of memory card
Charging cable for the car / holder for your car /
CONNECTIVITY
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 / / /
GPRS / EDGE / UMTS / LTE / / /
HSDPA / HSUPA 10 / 5.76
Wi-FI standard 802.11b / g / n
Bluetooth…
… Headset / Handsfree / A2DP / /
… Object push / OBEX / AVRCP / /
… SIM access, phone book / HID / /
USB type / storage / charging / /
DISPLAY
Type / size (inch) TFT / 3.7
Resolution (PX) 480 x 854
Number of colors 16.7 m
PHONE FUNCTION
Call list / language selection /
Brokering
Situation profiles / airplane mode / vibrating alert 3 /. /
Handsfree / mute /
MESSAGING
Email / POP3 / IMAP / HTML / / /
SMS / MMS /
PIM
Contact management
Phone numbers / E-Mail addresses (number per contact) 7 / 3 / 3
Image / notes field / date of birth / /
Appointment management
Day / week / month view / /
weekly / annual events /
Alarm clock when device is off
Sync: Outlook / Mac /
Notes: Outlook-sync
ToDo-list
OFFICE
Look at Word / edit /
Consider Excel / edit /
PDF Viewer / calculator / voice memo / /
BROWSER
Web / frame / Java / Java scripting / / /
Flash / https / home / Favorites / /
MULTIMEDIA
Audio format: MP3 / WMA / M4A / AAC / / /
Video player / full screen display /
Video format: 3GP / MP4 / WMV / /
Integrated camera
Resolution (megapixel) 5
NAVIGATION
Receiver GPS / A-GPS /
Navi-software / onboard / offboard Google Maps Navigation /. /
Navi / route planner Full version /.
SIZE AND WEIGHT
Dimensions in mm 116 x 60 x 14
Weight (grams) 169
MEASURED VALUES
Endurance D power (hours) 7:34 am
Endurance interview E-Netz (hours) 9:19 am
Endurance conversation UMTS (hours) 3:20
type. Endurance (hours) 3:24
standard radiation factor / SAR value (manufacturer) -0.53 / 0,720

Rating

TEST RESULTS
ENDURANCE (125) sufficient 67
Endurance talk (35) 16
Persistence display mode (90) 51
EQUIPMENT (175) sufficient 95
System (65) 28
Scope of supply (0) 0
Display (40) 26
Connectivity (20) 10
Phone features (10) 8
Messaging (10) 8
PIM (0) 0
Office (0) 0
Web browser (10) 6
Camera (10) 4
Music and video (5) 2
Navigation (5) 3
HANDLING (75) very good 66
Ease of handling 32
User interface 20
Processing quality 14
MEASUREMENTS (max. 125) sufficient 72
Transmission and reception quality GSM (15) 15
Transmission and reception quality UMTS (30) 26
Acoustic measurements send (30) 15
Acoustic measurements received (20) 16
tested in issue: 01/11