Camera:

There isn't much to expect out of the CLIQ 2's 5-megapixel auto-focus camera seeing that image quality for the most part is sub-par and is probably best reserved for candid shots. In outdoor environments, details are particularly slim which make the overall shot look muddy. As for color production, it generally has a cooler tone, but looks more neutral indoors with artificial lighting. Conversely, there is an abundant amount of noise with images taken in low lighting. However, the LED flash does a decent job in illuminating the scenery – thus reducing noise while still presenting some neutral colors.






You'll have to move on if you're expecting HD video capture since the Motorola CLIQ 2 only has a maximum shooting resolution of 720 x 480 (DVD quality). If you're able to overlook that, you'll be surprised to find its quality to be acceptable with its smooth capture rate of 28 frames per second. Moreover, audio recording is natural in tone without much evidence of distortion.


Motorola CLIQ 2 Sample Video:



Multimedia:

With the Gallery app, it might not capture your attention with its grid-like presentation , but it'll display your photos and videos into specific folders. In addition to being able to share content with a variety of services, the CLIQ 2 boasts a medley of editing functions that should appease even the most hardcore photo enthusiasts out there.


If there is one thing we love about its music player, it has to be the fact that it's powered by tunewiki which will display the matching lyrics as a song is being played – much like a karaoke. As for presentation, there isn't much in terms of visual appeal since it displays only the bare essentials with no unique flare. Blasting some powerful and near deafening tones from its speaker, there's no arguing about its bombastic volume, but there is a ample amount of crackling and screechy tones at its maximum setting.


Strangely, the Motorola CLIQ 2 would not load any 720p videos, but instead, we were able to load one encoded in DivX 800 x 480 resolution. Still offering some nice looking details, we're more than content with its smooth and lag-free playback. Plus, the nice size of the display makes it conducive for those situations when you're traveling for an extended amount of time.



Connectivity and Internet:

The Motorola CLIQ 2 is a quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) GSM and tri-band (850/1700/2100 MHz) UMTS smartphone which means you can use it just about anywhere. However, it's only enabled for 3G speeds on T-Mobile's AWS band domestically – with EDGE if used on AT&T's network. Still, you can opt to use its built-in Wi-Fi connection if you're out of range of any data network. Furthermore, it sports Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR to enable a variety of other wireless devices to connect with it.

Seeing that it's running Android 2.2 Froyo, there is support for Flash 10.1 which naturally provides you with that spot-on desktop like experience. Although complex pages load in a timely manner, we noticed some sluggishness going on Flash heavy pages, but it doesn't dramatically affect the overall experience. On board, you'll find all the common set of features that make the web browsing experience more than satisfying – such as multi-touch gesture support for zooming and reasonably smooth kinetic scrolling. All in all, you won't be disappointed with the web browsing experience offered by the CLIQ 2.



Sure it might not be ample enough for those media-centric users out there, but the 2GB microSD card that comes pre-installed can be replaced with cards up to 32GB in capacity.

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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: 1020; 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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