Performance:

Granted that the earpiece might not emit the loudest tones out there, we're more than satisfied with the overall calling quality with the handset. On our side of the line, voices are neutral in tone, but there is some static sound that can be hear – however, it doesn't adversely impact the experience. Flipping it around, our callers were more than happy with our natural and pronounced voice as they easily recognized every word uttered. Additionally, the speakerphone presents audible and clear voices that aren't muddied down by much distortion.

Signal strength remained uniform throughout our testing in the Greater Philadelphia area as it retained a healthy amount of bars in high coverage areas and didn't drop any calls.

Sadly, we're not fond of the poor battery life offered by the Motorola CLIQ 2 as it managed to chug on easily through an 8-hour work day, but quickly depleted at the 12 hour mark on normal usage. For light users, you'll probably get less than a day out of the handset while heavy users will want to keep a spare battery or charger at hand.

Conclusion: 

First and foremost, we're glad to see that the Motorola CLIQ 2 received some reasonably upgraded specs over its predecessor – like its high resolution display and 1GHz processor. Secondly, it's far better in terms of design and construction with its refined choice of materials. Additionally, we easily like that the keyboard has a decent look and feel to it over the original which adheres to the needs of messaging oriented users out there. In reality, it does everything right when you consider the fact that it's a successive device that doesn't steer off the mid-range category that it's targeting. But if you just prefer something more impressive, we'd recommend something like the T-Mobile G2 – which of course will cost you more. But in the end, we're confident of the Motorola CLIQ 2 being one of the more respectable mid-range Android offerings on T-Mobile's lineup right now.

Software version of the reviewed unit: Android 2.2, Build: BGN_1.0.23, System version: 1.0.23.MB611.T-Mobile.en.US

Motorola CLIQ 2 Video Review:



Pros

  • Fine design & construction
  • Unique looking keyboard
  • High-res display

Cons

  • Takes sub-par photos
  • Poor battery life

PhoneArena Rating:

8.0

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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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