November, Motorola launched the first
smartphone in the US and Europe - the
Motorola Droid (in
the US) aka the
Motorola Milestone (in Europe). Like Motorola's first Android smartphone,
the Motorola Cliq/Motorola
Dext, the Motorola Droid/Motorola Milestone is a slider phone with a 4-row
hardware keyboard. The European Motorola Milestone features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE,
triband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 850/900/2100 MHz as well as Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, WiFi
b/g, aGPS, a compass, proximity sensor and an ambient light sensor. The 3.7"
touchscreen supports FWVGA (480 x 854) and the autofocus camera, which sports a
dual LED flash, features 5 megapixel.
At a size of 115 x 60 x 13.7 mm, the Motorola calls the Milestone the
thinnest keyboard slider phone available today, however at a weight of 163 grams
it's not the lightest. Unlike the first Android smartphones but typical for the
latest generation of Androids devices, the Milestone doesn't features a
front-facing D-pad nor does it have any call buttons. It only sports the
Android-typical home, menu, back and search buttons. However, there's a D-pad on
the right of the hardware keyboard. On the top, the device features the
lock-screen key, next to the 3.5 mm stereo headset jack. Furthermore, the
Milestone features a dedicated camera key, on the right side of the device.
Quite typical for upcoming mobile phones and already standard is micro USB for
charging and synchronizing the device:
In the US, the Motorola Milestone is available from Verizon Wireless where it
is called Droid. Since last month, the Milestone is also available in Europe
(for instance in Germany, France and UK with more countries to follow soon).
Cheers ~ Arne