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
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.
Pros: Tight integration with social networks, Comfortable keyboard, Fast data speeds, Solid 5-MP camera, Robust backup service,