Motorola milestone XT720

Motorola’s new milestone XT720 stands out with its own look and a complex camera with Xenon Flash from a growing range of Android smartphones.

  1. Motorola milestone XT720
  2. Data sheet
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The milestone has a remarkable comeback earlier this year Motorola. The first Smartphone with Android version 2.0 wowed the technology fans and was the starting point for a whole range of Android models, which brought the ailing manufacturer on the road to success. If milestone or Backflip and flip-out: Motorola has mainly fitted its smartphones with QWERTY keyboards and thus found a gap in the market between all the pure touchscreen devices.

Striking design

The milestone XT720, which comes without a mechanical keyboard breaks with this young tradition and therefore in direct competition with the HTC models desire and legend or Samsung’s Galaxy S standing. Likelihood of confusion is not, but because unlike the often uniformly rounded casing of the competition shows the Motorola milestone XT720 corners and edges, the front is below widened, which somewhat increases camera on the back.

That is certainly not everyone, for this, the device is a real character head. The housing is made of plastic, feels yet high-quality, and after short adaptation in the hand. The non-slip soft touch surface on the back not least ensures pleasant haptics.

An impeccable processing completes the positive picture: the battery door is stuck, the connections are up on the 3.5 mm jack for headphones by cover-protected. Apart from the glossy front housing opposite finger fat is largely immune. Motorola abandons mechanical presser in front and has the typical Android controls under the display when running sensor buttons and added a search button, who browsed the device applications and contacts or send a query to the Web.

The sensor buttons respond reliably, on request inputs are acknowledged by a light vibration. The downside: Because they already respond to mere touch, there quickly incorrect entries, if you don’t consistently locks the touchscreen on the on/off button. Alternatively the allow time, until the display is automatically blocked to 15 seconds shorter.

What applies to the sensor keys, is also on the touch-sensitive touch screen: 3.7-inch, high-resolution display of 480 x 854 pixels reliably respond to gentle touch; short waiting times will be shortened by animations. In total, the Motorola milestone XT720 could work yet slightly faster, for example, start the camera takes less than three seconds – the faster models to make it in two.

Navigation Office

The Motorola milestone XT720 comes with everything, which is common in this class of equipment. Fast Internet access via Wi-Fi or the cellular network via HSPA, as well as Bluetooth are self-evident, and so that you can use the XT720 equally reasonable, the manufacturer attaches a 8 GB memory card. Motorola has just packed otherwise a lot, what Android does not inherently brings with: so this Smartphone offers an FM radio, a reader for Office documents, as well as a video editor that can be used for edit rolling films. Motorola’s own navigation software MOTONAV is also pre-installed, just as a trial. the navigation with maps for Western Europe costs around 50 euros.

Alternatively also Google maps can be used, whereby the test device only an update of the application was needed to be able to use the route. The navigation is free with Google maps, only for the transfer of the required cards material costs. This is often capped by a data flat domestically, can be quickly very expensive abroad. Who misses still functions, can operate in the Android market.

The data synchronization with Outlook is not possible, for the Motorola milestone XT720 provides practical data management: If you would like to connect it to a PC, the data on the Smartphone from the address book can be to the image gallery via the Web browser view and even edit. Otherwise, you can sync the phone with the appropriate Google services and with MS Exchange servers.

Xenon Flash and HD video

As a highlight, and pioneering the Motorola milestone XT720 brings an 8-megapixel camera with Xenon-Bitz – a Smartphone with real Flash did not exist in the large range of Android so far yet. The camera with a resolution of 720 x 480 pixels and smooth 24 frames per second to record videos. When filming the camera adjusts instantly to changing light conditions, when very fast panning the sharpness suffers while, really choppy the picture has no effect but even then. Practical: Thanks to HDMI output, you can connect your Smartphone to the screening to appropriate TV, enclosed the appropriate cable.

The camera varied settings and shooting modes offers for photo shoots. This was a real benefit to recognize not all, things proves very handy. So can the Motorola milestone XT720 from six images together craft a panorama image. In turbulent situation a faster sequence mode helps to make a good snapshot of six shots – given the somewhat slow shutter lag a really useful feature.

Otherwise, the camera in good light delivers detailed images with strong, yet natural colors. A minimal blue tint allows to measure, but hardly as such detect on the recordings. It still details are also in dark or very bright areas of the image. The Flash enough loose three metres wide and delivers usable images even in dusterer environment.

For convenience, a second button with between photo and video modes can be changed as well as directly called the picture gallery can be found next to the large two-stage trigger. In total, the camera could work more spirited, but with a little patience, it is really practical.

Powerful speakers

In the laboratory, the Motorola milestone XT720 has neatly, if also slightly worse than the previous cut off. In particular the transmission and reception quality in the GSM network is somewhat weaker. In everyday life in the city was to feel a thing, only in less-covered areas that may prove a disadvantage. UMTS reception nothing essential has changed, he is at a proper level.

The acoustics at the phone House from a strength of Motorola, is good, the caller sounds of course, on top of that very loud and is good to understand in noise. The speaker for the free speaker, which is located on the rear panel, sounds also stronger than usual. With the typical mix of uses the Motorola milestone XT720 lasts around five hours, in intensive use, but also here nightly charge is mandatory.


Even though the Motorola milestone XT720 in the laboratory on a rather average results, a recommended Android Smartphone Motorola, succeeded that shines with nice body and good camera. Whoever puts on the latter value, has now finally also an Android Smartphone to the selection.

Data sheet

Operating system
Processor / clock speed (MHz)
internal memory (MB)
Memory card slot
QWERTY keyboard / touchscreen / multitouch
Battery type / variable
Headset / data cable
Size of memory card
Charging cable for the car / holder for your car
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Wi-FI standard
… Headset / Handsfree / A2DP
… Object push / OBEX / AVRCP
… SIM access, phone book / HID
USB type / storage / charging
Type / size (inch)
Resolution (PX)
Number of colors
Call list / language selection
Situation profiles / airplane mode / vibrating alert
Handsfree / mute
Email / POP3 / IMAP / HTML
Contact management
Phone numbers / E-Mail addresses (number per contact)
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
Look at Word / edit
Consider Excel / edit
PDF Viewer / calculator / voice memo
Web / frame / Java / Java scripting
Flash / https / home / Favorites
Audio format: MP3 / WMA / M4A / AAC
Video player / full screen display
Video format: 3GP / MP4 / WMV
Integrated camera
Resolution (megapixel)
Receiver GPS / A-GPS
Navi-software / onboard / offboard
Navi / route planner
Dimensions in mm
Weight (grams)
Endurance D power (hours)
Endurance interview E-Netz (hours)
Endurance conversation UMTS (hours)
type. Endurance (hours)
standard radiation factor / SAR value (manufacturer)


Endurance talk (35)
Persistence display mode (65)
System (15)
Scope of delivery (10)
Display (40)
Connectivity (15)
Phone features (10)
Messaging (15)
PIM (15)
Office (5)
Web browser (15)
Camera (15)
Music and video (10)
Navigation (5)
Ease of handling
User interface
Processing quality
Transmission and reception quality GSM (30)
Transmission and reception quality UMTS (30)
Acoustic measurements send (15)
Acoustic measurements receiving (15)
tested in issue: 10/10