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: 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.