Sunday, September 12, 2010

Motorola XT720. Smarter, Sharper & Sleeker.

A month ago, I thought Motorola XT800 could be the successor to c902, I was wrong. It's not a contender at all since no 3G, locked Android, round and girlish form factor. My bro felt pity on me when he saw me drooling with his DROID Milestone while I gotta tighten my pocket for Mega Project (phew~), then he passed another Android phone (after my disappointment over incapability of XT800) that claims to be smarter, sharper and sleeker than others (I have the best bro in the world!)...


The Motorola Milestone XT720. The model number is lower (XT720 vs XT800), will the features be lower or lesser? Hmmm...


Okay, now I have 3G/HSPA and I can roam globally without problem!


8MP camera and 720p HD video recording! An improvement over the c902! And it seems to be running unlocked Android 2.1 with Market. Looks like it's worthy to unbox this phone...



Very cool and professional design. It's squarer than XT800 which I love (just like iPhone 4). Let's look at the hard buttons...


4 typical Android buttons (menu, home, back, search) are touch capacitive with microphone hole right below the back button. You may notice 3 blue "buttons" above the search button...


They are for play/view, camera and video functions but are not touch sensitive buttons. In fact, they are only the indicator that light up when you in that particular mode...


Motorola should learn from c902 that have touch sensitive for these functions.

To toggle between them, press the button beside the camera button...


Anyway, it supports 6x digital zoom through the volume up/down button shown above.

On the other side, there's only a covered lonely micro USB...


On top, the usual power button, headset and mini HDMI output port...


Well, I believe the HDMI port is more for playback of recorded video to HDTV. Perhaps I shall try out if this piece of hardware is capable of playing 720p movie file.


Turn to the back, the battery compartment, a GSM SIM card slot and micro SDHC slot. It comes with 8GB class 4 in the box. I should have mentioned this much earlier, the 8MP camera is equipped with a xenon flash light! The first ever Android phone with xenon flash, according to Motorola.

Overall, I love the design especially its twin profile design. The front, just like any other smart phone with large screen. The rear...


A camera-like design. Don't you think it looks like a Sony T series Cybershot?

I also quite like the twin tone color design and its rubberized rear. However, there's a flaw in the design...


When you put the phone on a table, the lens is the support base to the entire phone. So be wary if you are resting it over a rough surface, unless Motorola tell us that the lens cover is built with the same anti-scratch material like Rolex watches. You also risk the chrome body and touch screen (lower risk with screen protector) if you rest the phone upside down. Therefore, a case is a must for this phone.

Stop for now, I shall not hold the next part too long since I am closing out the Mega Project.