Interface:

Easily topping its predecessor in the processing department with its 1GHz CPU, 512MB RAM, and 1024MB ROM, it may look great on paper due to its increased capacity, but it doesn't particularly translate to a rapid performance that one would think. In fact, you can tell that it's being tested when there is a clear delay in responsiveness when navigating its homescreen – which is more evident with live wallpapers active. For the most part though, it gets by without being too sluggish in accomplishing a variety of tasks, like opening an app or kinetic scrolling through a list, but doesn't offer the instant response experienced with some other high-end handsets like the Samsung Vibrant.


Naturally, we're thrilled to find the Motorola CLIQ 2 running Android 2.2 Froyo out of the box, but its customized Android experience with the latest version of MOTOBLUR is an acquired taste. Visually, we adore how Motorola's specific widgets will automatically adjust when you re-size them, but its overall presentation is rather boxy and cartoonish. Again, not everyone will like its layout, but the underlying functionality is all there with its myriad of useful widgets that reduces the amount of time launching dedicated applications. Moreover, its profile selection enables you to set up and switch between three pre-defined homescreen layouts.


Whether you launch its “Social Networking” app or use the “Happening” widget on the homescreen, it aggregates content from your accounts – which range from Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Last.fm, and even LinkedIn. In addition, you can instantly post a message to all your accounts simultaneously rather that running separate applications. However, it lacks the ability to upload photos to your accounts – meaning, you'll need to do it from within the Gallery app.



Organizer & Messaging:

Almost every aspect of the device is integrated with the social networking, which is a nice thing for some people, but even more when you can quickly view recent posts from within the Contacts app. All of the common pieces of information can be viewed with each person in your address book, such as phone numbers and email addresses, but swiping to the right will quickly allow you to see all of those recent status messages from their respective social networking accounts. And since the device is tied closely with Gmail, all of your contacts are synced over-the-air so you can sleep easy knowing your information will be saved – even in the event of an unfortunate accident.



As with all other Android 2.2 Froyo smartphones out there, the Motorola CLIQ 2 offers all of the PIM functionality you'd expect – such as syncing multiple calendars, a calculator, alarm, and an app that manages your SIM card. Furthermore, apps like “News and Weather” will provide you the most up-to-date weekly weather forecast, current temperature, and categorized news posts.



With its larger display over its predecessor, the messaging experience via its touch options are marginally better; despite feeling somewhat cramped with its portrait keyboards. As much as we love the Swype keyboard, it's a little bit slower in keeping up with our movements. When using the multi-touch keyboard, we prefer using the landscape one since it offers a little bit more room for our fingers. Nonetheless, the best messaging experience can be found with its physical keyboard.



Email setup is a painless process when it generally will automatically set up generic clients with your email address and password. But for some of those obscure ones, it'll require additional items like server addresses and ports to completely set up. For any casual Android users out there, the Gmail app provides that near perfect translated desktop experience which packs on most of the common features you'd expect – like having threaded emails and the ability to favorite specific ones.

Outside of the traditional Google Talk app found with the device, the CLIQ 2 comes loaded with an “IM” app that quickly offers you the convenience of using common instant messaging clients like AIM, MySpaceIM, Windows Live Messenger, and Yahoo. It's definitely a nice thing as opposed to downloading separate clients from the Android Market.



In addition to the usual Google loaded applications preloaded with the handset, we find some useful ones that enable you to share content to other devices – such as DLNA, Media Share, and Motorola Phone Portal. There are also plenty of third party applications like Amazon MP3, Blockbuster, Kindle, Quickoffice, Slacker, and Telenav GPS Navigator. And on top of the Android Market, we find T-Mobile's AppPack app which basically provides some apps that are recommended by T-Mobile – but they can all be found in the Android Market as well.



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9 Comments

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: 1011; Member since: May 13, 2009

drool...

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.
CLIQ 2
  • 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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