MOTOROLA MILESTONE 2
Motorola, $829 motorola.com.au ★★★★ HONE users seem to want it all. Yes, they enjoy the flexibility of a touchscreen. They like to tap selections, pinch to zoom and swipe from one menu to the next.
But they also like bashing out messages on keyboard to avoid mistakes.
Motorola is assisting these discerning users, and it’s doing so with the Milestone 2.
This 3.7-inch touchscreen phone is slim and easy to slip into a pocket even though a four-line QWERTY keyboard extends from its body.
The keyboard might scare off some BlackBerry users, as it boasts flat keys, but it’s surprisingly efficient. Messages can be belted out at great speed and there are plenty of punctuation options, as long as you use the Function key.
Motorola has also tweaked the phone’s software, Google Android v2.2, so this phone’s screen rotates when needed.
The Milestone 2 has a lot more to offer than just a secret keyboard, though. This phone runs apps on a 1GHz processor — a big speed boost over its predecessor — and its 5-megapixel camera is quick to focus and fire. A camera button and dual LED flash help the results.
Those photos can be stored on the phone’s 8GB built-in drive or a memory card, and this phone also comes with a voice-to-text function for lazy typists, DLNA connectivity to send photos to a big-screen TV, and dual microphone noise reduction for clear calls.
Motorola’s Milestone sequel is not perfect. Its compulsory Motoblur social networking app can be bothersome, the touchscreen is prone to lag, and there’s no spare camera for video calls. But Phone fans who like Google Android and physical keyboards could find their mate in the Milestone 2.