TELUS launching Motorola Milestone “early 2010”, official announcement coming tomorrow

Ian Hardy

November 9, 2009 9:39pm

motorola-milestone_1With TELUS launching their HSPA network last week and a whole slew of devices (Bold 9700, HTC Hero, Nokia E71, LG New Chocolate)… during the preview last week we also got to handle one of their premier devices that is formally going to be announced at 7:00am tomorrow morning – the Motorola Milestone.

This was first rumoured last week but we can now bank on this beauty coming right after the holidays. Here’s are the specs and features:

Designed to deliver Android without compromise, Motorola MILESTONE is a blend of form and function that offers the thinnest QWERTY slider on the market (13.7mm) and a hi-resolution, multi-touch and pinch display with twice the pixels of the leading competitor.

For users who want the ultimate smart phone experience, MILESTONE offers the ability to use multiple applications at the same time, effortless multi-touch pinch and zoom browsing, and cinematic navigation through music, videos and maps of the world.

Features include an enriched Web experience, enhanced navigation features and access to thousands of apps and widgets from Android Market™. A suite of Google™ applications including Google Maps™ with Latitude™, Google Mail™ and YouTube™ are also integrated onto the device.

Key features include:
• World’s thinnest QWERTY slider at just 13.7mm
• 3.7” widescreen display with 854 pixel width and more than 400,000 total pixels (more than twice the leading competitor)
• Pinch & zoom and double tap features
• 5 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash
• Motorola Media Link and Motorola Phone Portal to manage and share media content across desktop, phone and the Web
• Stereo Bluetooth®
• 3.5mm headset jack
• CrystalTalk™ Plus for superior talk quality

Additional features and apps include:
• Full suite of the Google applications: Google Maps with Latitude, Google Talk™, Google Mail, YouTube
• Unified Google and Microsoft Office Contacts
• Navigation: GPS, MOTONAV * turn-by-turn navigation, Google Maps, E-Compass Latitude
• Email Support: IMAP and POP, Google Mail
• IM Support: Google Talk
• Calendar: Exchange, Calendar

  • Arshad

    Early 2010 better be January 2010 ’cause I can’t wait!!!

  • Frank

    I’ll be counting down the days!

  • Jacob

    Hmm, I think the name Droid sounds cooler, but I can see how that might limit the audience. Anyways, this or Hero with 2.0?

  • Mike

    I’m excited to hear this is coming to Canada which hopefully means the touch screen only version will make it here too. I don’t like slide out qwerty’s. There is also talk that the tablet version will have a better processor and camera.

  • Rob Raymond

    Is that the Milestone in the post picture? Or just the Droid? Or is the Milestone and Droid the same damn device?

  • Khav

    It’s interesting that this has multi-touch pinch zooming. I saw a review of the US version (the Droid on Verizon) that said that there was no pinch zooming, but that the European model had it. I guess it’s some US patent issue with Google and Apple that prevents the Verizon Droid from having pinch zooming available.

  • Jason

    Dang….Anyone wanna buy my new HTC Hero? Its only 3 days old….LOL. Naww I like my Hero…but this is a really nice addition to an already stellar line-up. I had a hunch this phone was coming, but I wanted a new phone now, not in 2010, so I couldnt wait for this, but this makes 2 Android phones on Telus, compared to Bells 0. Bell better have something up their sleeves.

  • joe

    DROID = CDMA, Google Navi, no pinch zoom
    MILESTONE = GSM/HSPA, pinch zoom multi-touch, no Google Navi

    Otherwise they are physically the same device.

  • Sean S

    I hate these ‘early 2010’ timeline… Both Milestone and SE Xperia X10 have this release date, but why can’t they be just more specific?

    I am due for upgrade next year. And if they don’t roll these out before march, I might as well wait for the iPhone in June.

  • Brian M

    How come no Google Nav? that was the best part of Android 2.0

  • Sam

    Wow I have to say Telus has really stepped up its lineup! The Milestone is a beauty!

  • Scott

    Rogers who?

  • Dave

    Pinch to zoom: win!
    No Google Navigation: fail!

    At the very least, it’s pretty clear that a US patent is keeping pinch gestures off the Droid. No idea why there’s no Google Navigation, though. Obviously Google has the map data. They’ve even got traffic and public transit data for at least a few Canadian cities.