Thursday, December 17, 2009
Nice! The Milestone is on my desk. Yes! It is from Motorola. Guessing it might stop making phones. Over the past year or so, we've seen them beating their way back into the mainstream by embracing Android as a platform. I bet you will totally fall for it at the first sight. The 3.7’ widescreen display which is clear and brilliant, with the world’s thinnest full QWERTY keyboard. And it is powered by the latest version of Android, Android 2.0. Sound so perfect! Let’s have a closer look on it.
What’s in the box? The phone, a battery, a charger, a data cable, a handsfree set, a CD and user’s guide.
The 3.7’ WVGA (480 x 854 pixels), 16:9 display dominates the front, and there are four capacitive buttons at the bottom of the display: Back, Menu, Home and Search.
The top section slides smoothly upwards to reveal the QWERTY keyboard. The keyboard is in four rows and the keys are big enough to work with. And the keyboard is slightly longer than the display panel.
On the top of the device, you will find the power/lock key and the 3.5mm audio jack.
The camera key and the volume rocker are on the right side of the device.
The right side only hosts the microUSB port.
The D-pad is relocated to accompany the keypad. And I have a question that how many mobile keyboards have you seen that with two completely blank keys (bottom left and bottom right)? So strange!
Turn to the back, you will find the 5MP camera with dual LED flash and the speaker grill in camel.
Unfortunately, you have to remove the battery to access the memory card slot here and the memory can be expandable up to 32GB.
You can customize your widgets according to your preference with the Milestone as it powered by Andriod2.0. The home screen on Milestone just like the one on your personalized desktop: download applications for music, news, sports or games and arrange them to create a custom home screen. And, with Milestone’s Quick Connect option simply tap a contact and instantly access his/her via Facebook, phone, email or text.
The overall browser speed can compete with iPhone
. Also, Milestone complies with the massive display, it makes navigating pages roughly a million times more pleasant.
Milestone is the best sounding device. Whether it's audio through the loud earpiece, or a speakerphone call and even music, the sound which milestone outputs is crystal clear plus it can filter out background noise and enhances voice quality during a phone call. Also, milestone powered by the latest android which support for multiple Gmail or Exchange accounts, and a universal inbox, plus the excellent outlook, Motorola may get the best-selling handset with Milestone now after RAZR.
Fresh on the heel of Nokia N97mini, Nokia has now announced the Nokia N900. It’s just the thing totally different: the perfect mix of internet tablet and smartphone that replacing the N810 Internet Tablet. The major weapon of the device is: Maemo 5 OS, the latest version of the Linux-based operating system. Moreover, the N900 sports QWERTY keyboard, 600MHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor, 32GB built-in memory, would all this be enough for you? Read on and you may find out.
What’s inside the box? Beside the phone, you get a battery, High Efficiency Charger, a stereo headset, Video out cable, Nokia charger adaptor, a cleaning cloth, CD and user’s guide.
The N900 packs a 3.5’ resistive touchscreen of WVGA resolution (800 x 480). There are no buttons on the front. It just tip you off the N900 is an internet tablet.
The QWERTY keyboard is the only hardware of N900. They are arranged in three rows (4 in the N810
) which are pretty nice to press on.
Turn to the bottom, you will find the speaker next to the lock slider, the3.5mm audio jack, the mouthpiece and the stylus compartment.
On the right you get the volume rocker, the power key and the camera button. The infrared port is also here.
The other speaker is at the top of the phone along with the microUSB port and the lanyard eyelet.
There's also a kickstand here, which allow setting the phone on a flat surface at an angle suitable for watching video.
Turn to the back of the phone, it hosts the 5 MP camera and the dual LED flash which are hidden under a small protective cover.
The main menu has two-tier structure which sit in a scrollable list under the "More…" icon. And every app you would install after that also goes there.
The music player of N900, just like its gallery covers all the basics but that's basically all it does. If you just want to listen to music you'll be fine with it. But the features such as track recognition or automatically generated playlists are not appeared here.
The Operating system of N900 is runs on Maemo 5 software on Linux. The homescreen consists of 4 separate pages just like the Android-powered devices. And it is multitasking. You can just press the button in the upper left corner reveals all applications that you are recently running in the background.
Also, Maemo 5 brings along significant improvements in the phone contacts as compared to previous OS editions: the built-in support for Skype, Google Talk, Ovi, Jabber and SIP. You just need to enter your username and password for the corresponding service and the N900 will connect automatically, adding your online buddies to your phone contacts. And till now, you may ask that how to make a phone call with it. The dialing screen is opened via the phone icon at the main menu. If you decide to give someone a ring and once the virtual keyboard has popped up on screen, you will be able to choose whether to use VoIP service or make the call over the cellular network. And one more thing that N900 excels in is its own Maemo browser which powered by Mozilla based on the same technology as Mozilla Firefox and sports full Adobe Flash 9.4 supports. Web pages can be visualized just like the one on normal computer screen. It seems like an internet beast more than a phone.
Nokia N900 Video Review
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