Motorola CLIQ 2 Review

Not too long ago, Android smartphones were a rare breed as the open platform attempted to gain traction with the aid of hardware manufacturers. Crazy to believe, but Motorola's endeavor with Android come to fruition back in the fall of 2009 as the Motorola CLIQ kicked off things sporting a new customized experience that greatly focused on social networking. Granted that the CLIQ wasn't necessarily its flagship Android device, it was still nonetheless a successful handset for the company – thus warranting an eventual successor. Such was seen with the advent of the Motorola CLIQ XT, which actually came in a clean candybar form, instead of the side-sliding one of the original CLIQ. And now, continuing with the landscape sliding keyboard form factor, a more direct successor in the Motorola CLIQ 2 has arrived, boasting some updated hardware that should hopefully come off as a respectable mid-range offering on T-Mobile's lineup.

The package contains:
  • Motorola CLIQ 2
  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • 2GB microSD card
  • Stereo Headphones
  • Basics Guide


Steering itself away from its predecessor, we're pleased to find that the Motorola CLIQ 2 boasts a remarkable upgrade in construction over the toy-ish plasticy CLIQ. Its chrome bezel accents very well with its gunmetal colored soft touch back cover as it exudes a higher premium feel which is supplemented further with its solid construction. However, we find it relatively similar in size and it tends to feel rather bulky (0.57” thick) – especially when there's a fair amount of weight (6.17 oz) with it. No, it might not have that killer industrial design of Motorola's DROID smartphones, but the CLIQ 2 offers a tasteful one that's fitting for its placement.

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Happily, your eyes will be more than content at viewing its spacious 3.7” capacitive display since it utilizes a high-resolution of 480 x 854 pixels – which is exactly the same that you find with the DROID 2. Naturally, the increase in both screen size and resolution is a welcoming addition for this successor since it offers some sharp visuals and details. Furthermore, its color production is on the neutral side, but we find its overall luminance to be lacking, which becomes extremely noticeable when viewing it in direct sunlight. Even though we didn't have issues viewing it head-on, tilting it slightly off center causes it to look washed out. Finally, we're satisfied with the responsive nature of the touchscreen as it registered every touch accurately.

Employing the usual set of capacitive buttons beneath its display, we found ourselves accidentally pressing them since they're placed close to the bottom edge of the handset – which becomes more of an issue when handling the phone in landscape.

The Motorola CLIQ 2 packs on customary items like a 3.5mm headset jack and microUSB port with an LED notifier, but we find the inclusion of a vibrate switch on the right edge of the phone to come in handy. Although we're content with the distinguishable feel of the 2-level shutter key, we're not too thrilled with the weak response offered by the Motorola CLIQ 2's thin volume rocker and dedicated power button.

Thankfully, we're pleased with the natural and responsive feel of the handset's mechanism in exposing its landscape style physical keyboard. Once it snaps into position, we're greeted to a 4-row keyboard that has a distinguishable honeycomb layout – which is to say different from everything out there. Buttons are placed next to one another, but with its pronounced plastic feel, our fingers are more than receptive of their location. Now even though buttons felt stiff to the touch initially, after using it for a solid day, its response better adjusted to our taste. And although we're happy to find a 4-way directional pad on it, we feel that it leaves out too much empty space on the left and right sides.

On the rear, we find its 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with flash and two notches towards the bottom for its speakerphone grill. It doesn't take much force to yank off the rear cover, but once it's off, we're presented access to its 1,420 mAh batter, SIM card slot, and microSD card slot.

Motorola CLIQ 2 360-degree View:



1. portuguese guy unregistered

FIRST COMMENT...... when will it be available in the uk. had the first dext, good phone, when it worked porperly, and THE LAG, no comment, BUT still a good phone. KEEP THE GOOD JOB GUYS, FROM PORTUGAL

2. matistight

Posts: 997; Member since: May 13, 2009


3. Bojan unregistered

How can this have such a terrible battery life? It is actually the same hardware as Milestone 2 or Defy, but their battery last much longer. How many times has Phonearena charged the battery? Maybe was a brand new and needs a few cycles..

4. Drojan unregistered

Another question, which PhoneArena cannot answer, is whether Motorola will update the phones operating system. I have the Motorola Cliq and while the construction allowed for it to obtain 2.1 after it was released, Motorola never updated the software on phones that had been purchased. Sorry, but if the software will not be updated in the future, than I will have to go with a native based Android phone.

5. mmmaxheadroom unregistered

First of all ill address the call quality, nearly top notch,don't know who or what carrier they called but landlines and calls to family on tmobile usa no hiss or background noise. (Maybe another networks issues?) Battery life? Like ALL androids kill the background junk, come on all u.s. skins work the battery more than necessary. Screen is good not great sunlight does wash it out but all phones get washed out in DIRECT sunlight. I don't subscribe but to facebook so I have seen no lag whatsoever. Google maps and turn by turn are smooth and flawless gps signal locks in no time. vibrant galaxy s still sucks in that regard.all in all im impressed as everything works as it should smooth and fast really did not expect this because the original clog was totally underpowered and sucked. If you want physical keyboard on android give this a serious look. Withe the oomph of the graphics chip you wont be dissapointed.

6. tm6248

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 03, 2011

Well I have had this phone for about the weeks now and so far the phone has been decent but it lags sometimes also it has restarted numerous times by it self which if pretty annoying on it self and it sometimes freezes for a long time and of course the batter sucks other than those things no complaints lol.

7. i bleed magenta unregistered

only issue i have with motoblur is the lack of twitpic integration. other than that works good.

8. ilnkid unregistered

I think it deserves an 8.5. I have this phone, and the photos are GREAT. The battery life lasts for about 10 hours, which is pretty good for a homebody like me. And there is a bit of a lag, but nothing to complain about (it scores a 737 on the Quadrant Benchmark). The Motoblur is a bit of a turnoff, but you come to appreciate what it has to offer. The average speeds in the NYC Metro area (where I live) are anywhere from 3-5 MBPS Down, and 1.5 -2 MBPS. Overall, a phone to consider if you're looking into T-Mobile!

9. Another disgruntled Buyer unregistered

You have better chance grabbing a 1st edition blackberry then getting this piece of sh*t to work. Even on T-MOBILE'S FORUMS there is people complaining and asking questions. As usual tmobile team has nothing to say that can help other than "call 611"...then you call 611 and they said "i dont know we'll send you a new one. After 6 new tmobile cliqs 2, its gotten to the point that they KNOW this happens and yet they continue to sell it. I'll put it like this...the designers, developers, and people who continue to sell this crap deserve to get punched straight in the face.
  • Display 3.7" 480 x 854 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Storage 1 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1420 mAh(7.90h talk time)

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