MO­TOROLA MILE­STONE 2

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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.

JEN­NIFER DUD­LEY-NI­CHOL­SON

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