Motorola Milestone 2 Preview

The Motorola Milestone 2 is the follow up to the original Milestone Android handset, as well as being the “more functional sister product” to the US’s Motorola Droid 2. Running Android 2.2 (Froyo), the Milestone 2 also brings back Motoblur, Motorola’s bespoke system for amalgamating social networking, messaging, contacts and email accounts into one big widgety internet-flavoured soup.

Spec-wise, the Milestone 2 is pretty standard fare for a smartphone these days, with a 1GHz processor under the hood along with 8GB of on-board memory with a microSD slot for expansion. The camera is a 5-megapixel affair, same as the original Milestone’s snapper. However, like its Milestone XT720 pal (and the iPhone 4, HTC Desire, Sony Ericsson Vivaz et al), the Milestone 2 will allow 720p HD video recording.

The Qwerty slider is a touch slimmer than its predecessors, and lacks the unfinished feel of its more recent sibling the Motorola Milestone XT720.

It’s not all just more of the same though; the Milestone 2 can tether up to five devices to act as you own mobile wifi hotspot, although it will depend on your network which may choose to charge you extra for this functionality. And because the handset is running Android 2.2, the Milestone 2’s WebKit browser has Flash functionality (10.1). Motorola has also re-jigged the Qwerty keyboard, losing the stand-alone D-pad and incorporating cursors instead, as well as re-spacing the keys.

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