Tuesday, February 16

Motorola MileStone Compare/Verus Nexus One


The Motorola Milestone
Last December, Motorola launched the Milestone in Hong Kong, the first Asian version of the popular phone; The Motorola Milestone is a derivative of the Motorola Droid which also enjoyed much success in the US when it was first launched in Q4 2009.
You can see why the Milestone is so popular. It is the first device that incorporates the latest Android 2.0 Operating system Éclair, whereas, similar products are powered by Cupcake 1.5 or Donut 1.6.

Motorola Milestone
The Android camp was greeted with surprise when Google officially broke its silence and launched its own Google Phone, the Nexus One on January 5 this year -- a day before CES 2010 show in US.
Google Nexus One
While most users feel that Google's entry into the retail market presents competition with its own partners, more believe that Google is, in fact, trying to showcase its latest Android 2.1 (software development kit) and enforce device makers to conform to the Google standards.
Currently, the Nexus One "SuperPhone" is only available through online ordering with no contract for Singapore ($730 before GST), Hong Kong and the UK. US customers can buy the phone at a subsidised rate with 24 months contract with T-mobile.
Nexus One VS Motorola Milestone
While the Motorola Milestone has a more professional look and feel compared to Nexus One, the latter blew the Milestone away in terms of technical specifications. The Motorola Milestone is based on Texas Instrument TI OMAP 3430 processor which runs at 550MHz. The Nexus One, on the other hand, is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor clocked at 1GHz. Just like the HTC HD2, Nexus One runs very smoothly with the new processor and higher clock speed.  The device sports 512MB ROM + 512MB RAM, while the Motorola Milestone only has 512MB of ROM and 256MB of RAM.

Google Nexus One
Although the Nexus One has a faster clock speed, it lacks a slide out physical keyboard. The phone was also being criticised for being too shallow and a challenge to use compared to the virtual keypads on screen. Chinese text input is not preinstalled in the phone. However, a third-party software known as Lime IME in the Android marketplace, will work with Nexus One for traditional Chinese input. On the other hand, the Motorola Milestone in Hong Kong comes with MOTO input, including Pinyin input.
As for the screen display, both devices use capacitive screen (touch screen). The Motorola Milestone has a TFT 3.7 inch and can display up to 854x480 pixels. This is slightly larger than the Nexus One at 800x400 pixels using AMOLED. So far, there were complains about a pink hue on the Nexus One which should be corrected with a firmware update.
Although Motorola Milestone is powered by Android 2.0, the difference between 2.0 and 2.1 is not that significant. Version 2.1 has several additional key features including voice enabling applications so that you can update your social networking sites or activate applications using voice.
In terms of multimedia, both Motorola Milestone and Nexus One have some similarities. Both phones have microUSB, accelerometer, proximity sensor, WiFi, GPS, headphone jack, stereo bluetooth, MMS and a 5 megapixel camera with flash. There is also email, calendar, exchange and Google apps support.
The 5 megapixel camera on Motorola Milestone supports recording of 4x digital zoom and video at 720x480. The Nexus One can only support up to 2X digital zoom. Battery life, the Motorola Milestone has a 1300mAH, while the Nexus One has a 1400mAH battery pack. Motorola Milestone has a 3G Talk time of 6.4 hours and 270 hours on standby, while the Nexus One has 7 hours of 3G talk time and 250 hours of standby time.
For early adopters of Nexus One, there have been a lot of issues posted on Google support forums. They range from the pink hue, 3G speed issues and signal issues. In Singapore and Hong Kong, there were initial complains about 3G connectivity issues. It was later fixed when Google posted an official press statement instructing users to set the respective APN settings for the telcos. In the US, there seem to be more network compatibility issues with users not being able to connect to 3G/HSDPA but to the slower EDGE network.


Specs at a glance:

Motorola Milestone
Nexus One
Processor
Texas Instrument TI OMAP 3430 processor which runs at 550MH
Qualcomm Snapdragon processor clocked at 1GHz
Speed/ Memory
512MB ROM + 512MB RAM
512MB of ROM and 256MB of RAM
Operating system
Android 2.0
Android 2.1
Key features
- microUSB
- accelerometer
- proximity sensor
- WiFi
- GPS
- headphone jack
- stereo bluetooth
- MMS
- 5 megapixel camera with flash: 4xdigital zoom
- Email
- Calendar
- Microsoft Exchange
- Google apps support
- microUSB
- accelerometer
- proximity sensor
- WiFi
- GPS
- headphone jack
- stereo bluetooth
- MMS
- 5 megapixel camera with flash: 4xdigital zoom
- Email
- Calendar
- Microsoft Exchange
- Google apps support
Battery life
1300mAH battery pack
6.4 hours (3G talk time); 270 hours (standby time)
1400mAH battery pack
7 hours (3G talk time); 250 (standby time)
Source: Insing

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