The Droid Sequel

The Motorola Milestone was an impressive Android device launched by the company to mark its return to the Indian handset market. Now Motorola has come up with the XT720. which is geared to take the company's Android legacy forward. and in the pro¬cess offer stiff competition to other market players. 'The device is a candy bar touchscreen phone with looks and style that arc hallmark of Motorola. The phone's unconventional form factor is evocative of the feeling of being truly different from the stuff that is already available in the market. The phone runs on Android v2.1. A 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen occupies much of the front panel. Instead of being a rectangle, the device has a bit of a bulge on the lower side making is a tad dif¬ferent from the rest. The front panel has a graphite mirror finish with four touch buttons - menu, home. back and search. However, the dial pad and message touch keys arc given at the bottom of the home¬screen in the phone' menu tab, which needs to be slid up to get acccss. 111e left panel has the eharging cum USB port and the right spine sports the volume rocker, cam¬era key and the key to access the gallery or toggle between the still and video modes. Each one of them lights up whenever that particular function is being used. The top panel has the power key along with a 3.5-mm jack. Along with that there is the HDMI port. In contrast to the front, the back of the phone has a rubbery finish in blue colour. The camera and the xenon flash are placed at the back. Opening the battery cover reveals a microSD card slot that is hot swappable. There is no doubt that the phone with its unconventional style and sleek form is truly impressive. The screen is capacitive and the touch response is quite intuitive. However, in sunlight conditions, legibility is an issue.

The homescreen has five screen panels from which you can customize by adding shortcuts, con¬tent shortcuts, widgets and folders. llle phone also supports live wallpapers. In the content shortcut options, the choices arc bookmarks, notes or photos. You can keep tab on the screens with the help of small dot at the bottom, which slides according to the number of screens you are accessing. However, while there are five panels there arc just four dots. The notification bar at the top gives access to activi¬ties such as missed calls, new mails. messages, etc. Task switcher can be taken for granted. as it's a norm among Android phones. It can be accessed by long pressing the home key. Another addition comes in the form of a fully functional task manager that allows you to easily manage simultaneously running apps. It can be accessed through the task switeher itself. This comes in handy, especially when the system memory becomes low due to multiple apps running in the background.

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Work it out

The huge 3.7 inch screen makes browsing on the phone a good experience. I1le user interface of the browser is simple :md kinetic scrolling makes navigation easier. You can open multiple tabs and easily toggle between them. On the downside. the browser doesn't come with flash sup¬port. The device supports all popular Email clients and obviously Gmail apps come pre-installed and so does GTalk. The Gmail system out here is supportive of batch operations, which enable you to carry out action on multiple emails at the same time. Quick office lets you open office documents, but you cannot create new ones. As far as the connectivity goes, the phone has WiFi, which is easy to set up and connect. It also comes with CPS enhanced by A-GPS support. Coogle maps come preloaded on the phone and along with that another application that enables routing and navigation. We were quickly able to get a GPS lock even with cloudy sky and being indoors. I1le phone was also able to find locations quickly. Another interesting application is My Sign. which lets you use gestures to access phone's features.