Conclusion: Overall, I was very impressed with this device. If it had a front facing camera, and a slightly faster processor, it might actually be the one to replace my myTouch because I was that impressed with it. The only other real deal breaker for me personally is that I prefer physical navigation buttons on the front of my phones. But anyone who doesn’t find these features to be that important, go pick one of these up. I was pleasantly surprised with the Motorola CLIQ 2.
Excerpt: The Motorola Cliq 2 is the successor to the original Motorola Cliq. Designed to once again target the mid tier and teenage market this smartphone is packed with features, but does it have what it takes to stand on its own in a highly competitive market...
Summary: I expected the CLIQ 2 to be a mid-range device, but it turned out to be in the lower portion of the high-end spectrum. For the specs you get with the CLIQ 2, you can't beat the $99 price tag. That said, the device can't quite compete head-on with the G2. While it may be a nice, solid device, there are some aspects that still reek of mid-range tech (the display and the camera).
Pros: Ships with Android 2.2; decent
Cons: Thick and bulky; stiff physical keyboard; skinned with MOTOBLUR; poor camera.
Excerpt: The Motorola Cliq 2 is one of the newest members in the T-Mobile Android 2.2 line. The Cliq 2 features a unique honeycomb designed full QWERTY keyboard. The MotoBlur user interface will appeal to the social networking addict by simplifying ways to update status and share media. In this review we will cover the hardware, software and overall experience that the Cliq 2 has to offer. Read on to learn more.
Pros: + Feels comfortable and slip-resistant in hand
Summary: Motorola announced the upcoming availability of Motorola CLIQ 2 with MOTOBLUR, a 3.7-inch touch-screen smartphone with a slide-out keypad that allows users to play hard and work hard. CLIQ 2 is the latest example of the powerful devices you can expect from Motorola that combine Android software and MOTOBLUR social connectivity, with the addition of new business-ready functionality.
Conclusion: Compared to its predecessor, the CLIQ 2 is a huge improvement. The display and build-quality are particular stand-outs, as is the performance from the 1GHz processor, and we prefer MOTOBLUR when it's not so all-encompassing. Unfortunately, it's still not the perfect smartphone: the QWERTY keyboard falls short of the usability you'd expect, and we prefer the 'board from the T-Mobile G2.