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...
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.
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 .
Excerpt: The Cliq is the first in what promises to be an avalanche of Android handsets from Motorola over the next 12 months. Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha said the company plans to release 20 smartphones by the end of 2010, most of which will be running Android.
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...
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):
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.
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.
Excerpt: Spending time with the Cliq, Motorola’s first phone running Google’s Android OS is like spinning doughnuts in a funny car for hours. It’s thrilling and a little dizzying, but for those without an iron constitution it can be a little tumultuous on the tummy.
Pros: Finally, Android on a device not made by HTC. Responsive touchscreen is swipe-tastic. Good camera takes detailed, noise-free pics. Remote wipe and online backup service great for folks who are prone to losing their phones.
Cons: Messy Motorola skin over-complicates simplistic Android UI. Far too many features that can’t be hidden or deleted. Web browser is sucky mcsuck suck.