motorola milestone review, part 2. audio playback. the audio player is straightforward and canautomatically sort recognised tracks and albums byartist, and it will also integrate with any playlists you have on itunes or windows mediaplayer. by default there’s no onscreen widget on thehome page, so getting back to the music player while in another application can be a chore.of course, you can simply add the widget if you want a shortcut, although having somededicated media keys somewhere would have been useful.
the built in speakers are somewhat tinny,but few devices of this size can produce truly great audio and the milestone is about onpar with the competition in this respect. there’s a standard 3.5mm audio socket, soyou can plug your own headphones in. the stereo wired headset supplied in the box seem tobe pretty good though, so you may be happy with the ones that motorola supply. video playback. the display on the motorola milestone is beautifuland pin-sharp, but the standard video player struggles a bit to make the best of it. onsome media types, especially wmv movies, the player can be unreliable and may crash orlock the user out while playing. video playback
can be jumpy if applications are running inthe background, some formats are worse than others. android has a nasty habit of runningapplications that you can’t see, so power cycling the phone or using an add-on applicationsuch as taskiller can free up resources and improve playback. you can transfer videos using the suppliedmotorola media link software which converts the clip to a pretty paltry 325 x 288 pixels.alternatively, you can use something like avs video converter to change formats to somethingthat will play acceptably. the video player can cope with most majorvideo formats, although the best results seems to be to use an mpeg4 file with an h.264/avcvideo codec at 640 x 480 pixels and 30 frames
per second, the same sort of encoding thatyou might use for an ipod (you might find these with an m4v extension for example). you can also share video clips via youtube,bluetooth or google mail. this is particularly useful for videos that you have taken yourself,although the milestone does restrict large video uploads to wifi only. however, if you can get the video to workthen it displays very well on the milestone’s excellent screen. with some work, and perhapsa bugfix for the video player, then it could be a useful way to watch videos on the move.and this being an android phone, then there are plenty of other video players availableas well.
gps. one major difference between the milestoneand the us droid is that the droid has google’s new turn-by-turn navigation system. milestoneusers have google maps and a trial version of motonav which is a fairly reasonable application.you’ll need the optional vehicle mount if you want to use the milestone as a satellitenavigation tool. google maps works in exactly the way you wouldexpect it, and it includes support for google latitude. but it turns out that gps is usedpretty much everywhere, including geo-tagging videos and photographs and also allowing localsearch with google itself. and as ever, the android market has other applications thatuse the inbuilt gps facilities in new and