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Motorola Milestone XT720

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Motorola Milestone XT720
Milestone XT720
Motorola Milestone XT720.jpg
Specification
Manufacturer: Motorola Motorola-icon.png
Release Date: July, 2010
Operating System: Android Android-icon.jpg
Dimensions: 60.9 x 115.95 x 10.9
Weight: 160g
Chipset: 550 Mhz TI OMAP-3440 (OTA Overclock 720 Mhz)
Display: 3.7" 480x854 WVGA TFT LCD
Networks: WCDMA 1700/2100 Mhz / GSM 850/900/1800/1900 Mhz
Wifi: WiFi 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth: 2.1
NFC: Not Known
GPS: Yes
Video out: Not Known
Camera: 8MP, Digital Zoom with Xenon Flash
Secondary Camera: No
Internal Memory: 512M ROM, 256M RAM
Memory Card: 8 GB microSD
Battery: 1390 mAh LiIon
Additional Features: Mobile HDMI (type D)



Hardware

Detailed Specifications @ http://www.motorola.com/Consumers/XW-EN/Consumer-Products-and-Services/Mobile-Phones/ci.MOTO-XT720-XW-EN.alt

Software

Comes preloaded with Android Eclair 2.1

According to Motorola own road maps https://supportforums.motorola.com/community/manager/softwareupgrades , there are no plans to release Froyo 2.2 for this phone

Stock ROMs

Wiki with a list of Stock Milestone XT720 ROMs http://and-developers.com/sbf:xt720

RSD Lite

Required to upload SBF ROMs to your phone

Download: RSD Lite 4.6 here

Rooting

compatible with SuperOneClick

Detailed [GUIDE] Step by Step ROOT via SuperOneClick for Milestone XT720

App2SD or App2Card

  • root required

Due the low amount of internal storage space on this phone, the amount of Android Market Apps that you'll be able to store will be very limited.

However there are a few ways to overcome this limitation.

App2SD

You can install App2SD script found here

Pros:

Stable, Fast & Secure

Cons:

microSD card must be permanently left inside the phone, if removed during operation the phone will crash & burn, or hang forever and have its data corrupted.

microSD must be partitioned externally

install script is done via ADB shell

App2Card

you can install App2Card app found here

Download the latest: App2Card 2.7.3 (3Dec)


Pros:

Installs as an APK app

Reliable, if the microSD ever fails, taken out during operation, or becomes corrupted, App2Card will automatically switch you phone to work back into normal mode, and fit whatever amount of Apps it's able to fit back into the internal storage

Easy to use, on touch button to enable/disable

Cons:

Unstable if ext2 partition becomes corrupted

Building partitioning tool is so so, you'll be better off partitioning the microSD manually on a Linux box

It gets confusing during its automated recovery & automatic partitioning/format modes, you don't know if it's working or hung

Original guide from REF Notes about Milestone XT720

Manual Installation

You can run App2Card the automatic way (might get troublesome), with just a lick of a button "Install EXT/Transfer apps to EXT" or you can run App2Card the manual way (safe)

       * Run App2card
       * Grand Superuser Access
       * select Storage Tools
       * select Create/Upgrade EXT partition for SD Card
       * Resize your External SD to your hearts content, (example 16 GB SD can be split into 8 GB fat32 + 8 GB ext2) SWAP is not needed
       * select Apply
       * wait a long time for the partitioning and format to complete (speed will depends on your SD card class 2/4/6/10 speed )
       * let it reboot the phone, when you get prompted to reboot

NOTE: it's easier faster and more accurate to do the partitioning on a Linux machine using Gparted or similar tools, the building partitioning tool of App2card doesn't do a very good job.

       * Run App2card again
       * select Enable Apps on EXT partition
       * it will ask you to reboot again, let it reboot again...
       * wait a long while again...
       * App2SD will do its magic, then it will reboot again on its own
       * wait another while
       * now you should be back into the OS
       * run App2card yet again
       * select Application Tools
       * and select the Apps/Games that you want to run from the SD card

Troubleshooting Steps:

       * if you get stuck in a boot loop, hold the camera key, until it boots back into the OS
       * when the phone goes back into the OS
       * run App2card
       * you'll get a message about problem with ext2
       * select Fix
       * it'll ask you to reboot let it reboot
       * the phone should be back to normal after reboot