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Motorola Milestone 2 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £340
inc VAT

Great battery life, decent storage and a clear interface, but performance is poor and the keyboard's flat keys aren't the best we've used


Android 2.2, 3.7in 480×854 display

The Milestone 2 is simply an upgrade of the original. It’s a bit of a brick, but its feature list is impressive: a 480×854 screen, 5-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, QWERTY keyboard, 8GB of internal storage and a 1GHz processor. It’s not currently available on contract direct from the major network operators: you can either find a contract through a third-party dealer such as, or buy it SIM-free.

Motorola Milestone 2 landscape

While most flagship phones now have a dual-core processor, the Milestone 2’s single-core Cortex A-8 is still powerful. Although our tests showed it to be roughly as fast as LG’s Optimus Black, we found it could become unresponsive with a few apps open. Installing a Task Killer is a good idea.

Similarly, the Milestone 2’s 5-megapixel camera isn’t as good as the latest 8-megapixel snappers, but it takes crisp and colourful snaps. As with most phone cameras, dark areas tend to suffer from noise. It can also capture video at 720p quality, which is more than good enough for YouTube – again, videos are a bit noisy, but colours are strong.

Motorola Milestone 2 back

Battery life in our light-usage test was great, lasting for almost two days. This is unusual for an Android smartphone and almost as good as Apple’s iPhone 4. With battery management software, you should be able to go without a charge for a couple of days, although this is heavily dependent on your usage of 3G, GPS and Wi-Fi.

The Milestone 2’s 3.7in screen is clear and colourful, and the capacitive touch interface is smooth and responsive. More importantly, Motorola’s clear and well-designed interface makes the phone a pleasure to use. Icons are detailed and memorable, widgets are useful and make efficient use of the screen space, and when you scroll through home screens, a handy bar pops up to show you which screen you’re on.

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Price £340
Rating ****


Main display size 3.7in
Native resolution 480×854
Second Display No
CCD effective megapixels 5-megapixel
Flash Dual LED
Video recording format 3GP
Connectivity Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB
GPS yes
Internal memory 8192MB
Memory card support microSDHC
Memory card included 8192MB
Operating frequencies GSM 850/900/1800/1900, 3G 900/2100
Wireless data EDGE, WCDMA, HSPA
Size 161x61x14mm
Weight 169g


Operating system Android 2.2
Microsoft Office compatibility Word/Excel/PowerPoint editors, PDF viewer
Email client POP3/IMAP/Exchange
Audio format support MP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+
Video playback formats MPEG4, H263, H.264, DivX, XVid, WMV
FM Radio no
Web Browser Webkit
Accessories charger
Talk time 4.8 hours
Standby time 16.7 days
Tested battery life (MP3 playback) 44h 17m

Buying Information

SIM-free price £340
Price on contract £31-per-month, 18-month contract
SIM-free supplier
Contract/prepay supplier

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