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Motorola Milestone XT720 Update Boosts CPU Speed and Adds DLNA


Motorola Milestone XT720 Update Boosts CPU Speed and Adds DLNA

Motorola has quietly announced via a Facebook page that owners of the Milestone XT720 handset in the UK and Germany will be getting a software update that will increase the CPU speed to 720MHz.

While this may at first appear like a kind, generous and exciting freebie, it seems that the TI OMAP3440 processor was meant to run at that speed all along, but Motorola rather coyly decided to operate at just 550MHz. Was it just being shy up to now about the potential performance of its handset?

Very possibly Motorola felt that the XT720 was being left behind by Snapdragon powered Android handsets running at a beefier 1GHz and felt it needed to do something to lessen the gap.

In addition, the new update adds DLNA functionality - another feature that was on the original spec list, but didn’t make it to the launch handset. Better late than never we guess.

Perhaps to distract owners from being too disgruntled about not getting what they should have had in the first place, Motorola has produced a video offering, 5 Tips and Tricks on How to Get the Best From Your XT720, the highlight of which is the frankly bizarre combination of a very English accent and a rock soundtrack. So worth checking out.

Via: Engadget.


September 20, 2010, 11:58 am

I love Tip#2 where you're told to leave your grubby finger prints over the lens to create "a romantic look" to your shots. I think Cliff should include this option in his next camera reviews....lol


October 11, 2010, 6:43 pm

I took the plunge and got this phone. Its really rather good and is by far the best Motorola phone I have come across. Still getting used to Android but here's my thoughts so far after a weeks use...

Good bits:- Excellent camera for a phone, xenon flash really helps. Slick in operation. Internet is speedy (usual mobile signal caveats of course). The unit itself is exceptionally well made and feels much more solid than either Samsung Galaxy or Sony Xperia X10. Menus are mostly intuitive, a doddle to navigate and the phone is easy to use and familiarise yourself with. The initial android experience is positive, especially since it is pretty much a vanilla install with no corporate skinning.

Bad bits? The two biggest negatives are the screen as it is pretty much useless in bright sunlight, and 720p video recording, which is jerky and in my opinion is unusable. Otherwise the 'bad bits' are just minor niggles and little else. Battery life is barely more than a day, although that's true of most phones of this type. The touch screen, although having fine response, is slightly inaccurate - for instance when typing a message in portrait mode when you press the top area of the delete key you end up pressing the l key. You have to download an app to exchange anything other than photos via bluetooth (free fortunately). The pre-installed music player is pretty rubbish, but hey, I'm sure there's an app for that :-).

I was dubious about the XT720 at first, after all Motorola phones not exactly been at the cutting edge recently. Indeed, the RAZR range of phones truly sucked! But I'm so glad I took the risk. Motorola have really pulled their socks up with this phone and I would recommend it to anybody wanting something a little different.

TR - Please review this phone!

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