The Motorola Milestone will go on sale in the UK next week through the Expansys online store.
The handset, known as the Motorola Droid in the US, is the first mobile phone to run on the Android 2.0 operating system (OS) from Google – also known as the Eclair OS.
Motorola Milestone running on Android 2.0 OS
The Android 2.0 operating system will be the first OS to allow for turn-by-turn navigation when using the Google Maps application. However, this application won’t be available to UK consumers at the time of the Milestone’s launch next week – and neither Motorola or Google have been able to confirm when this service will launch in Europe.
The Milestone will initially be available exclusively through the Expansys website until the end of the year, where it will retail for £449.99.
The Motorola Milestone features a 5Mp camera, a 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen and Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth connectivity. It’s a slide model that when opened features a full Qwerty keyboard. It will come bundled with an 8GB SD memory card, and is compatible with cards up to 32GB.
No turn-by-turn navigation on Google Maps at time of launch
Jon Barrow, Which? mobile phone expert, said: ‘The Motorola Milestone features a raft of attractive features such as its large multi-touch screen, its Wi-Fi connectivity, and its full Qwerty keypad. However, its biggest draw will be the new Android operating system, and so it’s a shame that the Google Maps turn-by-turn navigation that this software can support will not be available at the time of the phone’s launch. We’ll keep you updated with news on this feature’s release, and when available we shall pit it against a dedicated sat nav.’