-to be continued-
"The Milestone - a stone of many miles done"
In this review i want to get a little deeper into the motorola milestone, the smartphone with the best ambitions to take the crown of em all at the moment. Beeing pushed so hard, by so many, it created huge expectations everywhere. Expectations being matched by a company, that wasnt on the bill anymore for a long time! Motorola was declared dead by many others, publishing products in a non-state of the art. The Razr was a phone doing well on the market, but its design, making good sells, was used in too many phones by the company. And then, long time no see concerning innovations, new designs and hardware. The comeback should be the Milestone. But is it the desired comeback? We gonna see.
1.] The Targeted Audience: contra iPhone
Motorolas ambitions where huge. The droid should be the iBeast slayer, beeing sold in the US with aggressive "Droid does" ads. Though the name Apple was never mentioned directly, it was clear who Motorola was going to attack.The Milestone was not only supposed to do all the things, the iPhone does, but even a lot more.
A lot of reviews with the subject of touch-smartphones, the iPhone has being reffered to, as the one to be beaten. For the first time, there was a smartphone that really was able to do so. Though Android is not exactly the same like a neat and slime apple os, gathering users in a little golden cage, one has a good learning curve on it. But the user learning about android will be rewarded with a decent OS and nearly the same touchscreen capabilities.
2.] Heart and Soul: Android 2.0
On the inside of the Milestone, the new green google android is beating, with the codename "Eclair", pumping life into the hardware. Right from the start, this OS is a little overwhelming, a little difficoult to handle, especially when you come from Symbian. But as soon as you dealt with it for a little time, you feel the programmers intelligence and thoughts on the os. A short intro on to the "desktop": You boot the phone and get to one of the 3 available fully personalisable honmescreens there are. On those you can put widgets, little apps, usable without redirections, as well as folders or shortcuts. The freedom of individualisation for everyone is given by the android market, googles app store, with an ammount of 20K apps and widgets. No matter if you want informations showing, picture frames, weather, news and newsapps, Stickies, musicplayers, voice recorders or torch light apps, there is nearly everything one can wish for. The widgets can be placed wherever you like on the homescreen and vary in size. But thanks to the 3 homescreens, there is enough space to use your favorite widgets and apps.
On th top of the screen there is a notification bar. Beside the standard apps like a clock, battery and radio, it informs you about all kind of events like calls, short messages, emails, new installed apps, downloads, IM's, WiFi info and much more.
If you tap your finger on that bar, you can pull it down to the bottom, opening kind of a menue giving you the details of the notification.
It shows you very detailed and optically prepared, who sended you an SMS or who called you, what download completed or who wrote you an IM.
If you tab your finger on the little triangle on the bottom of the screen, kind of a main menue opens and shows you all installed apps. A dedicated button on the bottom of the phone opens the settings menue, where homescreen language and all other settings can be done. You can also swipe through the homescreens by moving the finger from one side to another, depending on what screen you want to go.
Rundown to the simple, Android offers by stock: Homescreens, "Main Menue"/App Menue, Notification bar and settings. No encapsulated menues, ll set up verry logically. But all in all a starter can be slayed with all those possibilities in the beginning. Verry well done is the menue showing the battery usage by programs and the uptime after unplugging the phone. Navigation through the menues is rather fast, only the swipe function and the notification bar pulldown are laggy sometimes but its not annoying at all. The painfull "Click me once ...or twice?" from symbian is to be found here.