Excerpt: A quick stop by the Motorola booth during the CTIA event in San Diego found me playing around with the upcoming Motorola CLIQ. This is their first Android-powered device and although there are no official plans for this to come to Canada, we are hearing a January/February 2010 launch (not confirmed).
Excerpt: Available in Motorola CLIQ for US and Motorola DEXT in Europe, check out SlashGear latest review on the first Motorola Android OS. The Motorola CLIQ has a 3.1-inch full touch screen, a slide-out QWERTY hardware keyboard and also featuring its unique MOTOBLUR with tight social networking site integration.
Summary: With its excellent design, user interface improvements, and admirable feature set, the Motorola Cliq gives a big boost to the Android operating system. We had some performance quibbles with the device, and the Motoblur interface can be a bit much, but the phone has a lot to like.
Pros: The Motorola Cliq has a great design with a brilliant display and easy-to-use controls and keyboard. Its feature set is rich and functional, and Motorola made some welcome improvements and user interface tweaks.
Cons: The Motorola Cliq lacks a file manager, a camera flash, and some basic organizer features. You can store apps only on the integrated memory, and the memory card slot is stashed behind the battery cover. Call quality wasn't perfect and the handset was occasionally sluggish.
Conclusion: If social networking is your thing, then this is your phone. MOTOBLUR has got that covered in a big way. If you just want an Android phone with a keyboard and don't find the G1's prototype looks appealing, then the Cliq is still worth a look and you can turn off some/any/all of the social networking widgets and accounts easily enough. Should you decide you want some back, it's just as easy to re-enable them.
Excerpt: While the Motorola Droid / Motorola Milestone isn't Motorola's first Android smartphone, it gets all the attention. However, the title of being Motorola's first Android smartphone deserves the Motorola Cliq / Motorola Dext, Motorola unveiled early September . The Motorola Cliq (for North America) / Motorola Dext (for Europe and Latin America) is a slider phone with software and a 4-row hardware keyboard that still runs on Android 1.5 (Cupcake).
Summary: Despite what people say, there’s no such thing as an “objective” review because so much depends of how you use phones. If you would like to look at different opinions, here are a few reads that you might like (in no particular order):
Conclusion: Motorola’s multi-level “why didn’t someone think of this before” intuitive reorganization of the varying ways we stay in contact in the Twitter / Facebook age might take awhile to suss, but it’s well-worth the time. And its non-MOTOBLUR functions are equally well-designed. It’s just too bad it’s dependent on T-Mobile’s still under-construction 3G network.
Pros: Google Android OS; MOTOBLUR aggregates social network, texting and e-email accounts; slide-out horizontal keyboard; 5 MP camera
Cons: Heavy and bulky; message windows obscure screen; no camera flash; 3-line (rather than 4-line) QWERTY keypad
Excerpt: Motorola used to be a key player in the mobile space. I actually used to covet the Q9H and even debated about getting one as a primary phone a while back, not to mention that just about everyone had a RAZR. Unfortunately, Motorola has since fallen down and with this latest entrance into the mobile space, is hoping to not only redefine the company, but also what can be done with Android.
Summary: The $199 Motorola Cliq is a top-notch Android device, and is our favorite smart phone on T-Mobile, beating out the similarly priced myTouch 3G. While the latter is lighter, the Cliq's touch interface is more compelling. We also like the Cliq's comfy physical keyboard, sharper camera (even though it lacks a flash), and better integration with your social networks. If you don't need a full keyboard, the HTC Hero for Sprint is also a great buy.