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).
Excerpt: The Cliq is a good looking phone, but there has been no major design breakthrough. It does, though, open a whole new world of opportunity for Android users. Cliq offers you a complete QWERTY Keyboard, which we found better to operate in comparison to the earlier launched G1. The gadget measures 4.49 inches tall by 0.61 inches thick, which makes it very comfortable to lug around. The phone feels nice in the hand, and is not heavy. The battery cover has a nice texture.