Motorola CLIQ Review

User Interface:

Motorola’s take on Android is what they call MOTOBLUR.  The user can sign into accounts from Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Last.FM, Picasa, Photobucket, Yahoo! Mail and Google, as well as corporate and other personal email accounts.  Similarly to webOS, contacts are pulled from each location and merged together, and if a contact’s info isn’t recognized you can link to other services.  Thankfully info from one service does not get pushed back to another; for example if you have a Gmail contact who is also a Facebook contact and they have different email addresses with the two services, Gmail is not updated with the Facebook address.  Similarly to HTC’s contact management you can view your communication history within a contact, as well as their “happenings,” or social network updates.

The homescreen has several custom widgets as well.  The Happenings widget pulls all of this social network info and gives you a constant feed of updates.  Messaging offers your standard SMS, MMS, etc. but also integrates Facebook, Twitter and other messaging services.   There is also a News and Entertainment widget that displays relevant info.   Lastly is Social Status, which allows you to quickly update your status for the various services.  The best feature of these widgets is that a tap brings up more info right on the homescreen without launching an app.  For instance, if you tap on a news headline it will bring you a brief synopsis, with a link to launch the full story.  If you click on a Facebook profile update in Happenings it gives you the full text, ability to read any comments and the option to comment yourself.  On any of them you can swipe across the screen to get to the next item.



MOTOBLUR is not nearly as ambitious as HTC’s Sense UI, but we do appreciate that it integrates more services than HTC does.  When it comes down to it MOTOBLUR isn’t so much an overhaul of the Android interface like Sense is, but rather a tweaking.  It boils down to better contact integration (something we’re seeing in Android 2.0 anyway) and some decent custom widgets.  There are also five homescreen pages, instead of the stock three.  With the constant barrage of information the interface is very “in your face,” something we think will be very polarizing.  Keep in mind that you don’t have to use the widgets, however, and we really did the contact integration.



Organizer and Messaging:

All of the organizer options are stock Android.  The calendar integrates with your Gmail account and syncs wirelessly.  There is no memo or tasks program, but several are available in the Android Market, the most notable being Remember the Milk.  The alarm clock has been ever so slightly tweaked to allow the user to change the snooze time.


As mentioned before messaging is not only SMS and MMS, but also integrates messages from the various social network services, as well as other user-defined personal and corporate email accounts.  In addition to the physical QWERTY the on-screen Android keyboard is available as well.

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9 Comments

1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the slide keyboard you have must have been an original demo ship out. motorola fixed that in final production. mine has no such problem. you complain about the plastic casing on the phone then say its a little heavy. how much heavier would it be with steel doors? lol. make up your mind. you really need to wrap your mind around the new pricing structure at tmo. people dont buy the contract pricing very often anymore. most people are switching to the Even More Plus plan, or go on that at sign up. so the "200 with contract" doesnt really count for much. All the androids are priced the same. 399 full retail which means 20/month on the payment plan.

2. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

@remixfa We had a retail unit, it was not a pre-production demo. We understand that it would be heavier with steel doors, but Motorola could have used a higher quality plastic, and especially for a plastic device it is extremely heavy. Its weight was similar to the Droid, which has much higher quality components.

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

to each their own. as long as it doesnt feel like a samsung u340, im fine. my only complaint is the screen sometimes doesnt recognize commands. try handscent SMS, its notorious for not allowing t he Send button to not be pressed on the first few trys with keyboard out. same issue with games, if the keyboard is out, sometimes the screen will just stop responding and i have to close then open the keyboard for it to start working.. never such an issue on my Mytouch.

4. vzwtech86

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 31, 2009

Got mine for 49.99 at best buy. At 200 I definitely wouldn't have bought it but if you can get a good price the phone is well worth the purchase. I just hope motorola has plans on doing a 2.1 update on motoblur. And you can't beat the remote wipe/locate feature. As far as the keyboard goes I think its actually one of the better ones I've used. The bottom row still has decent click to it and I think being concave actually seperates the feel of the letters and symbols from the space and other function keys. Also with the recent s/w update it resolves a lot of issues. One of the coolest features of the phone is the backlight on the keyboard. Only the letters and bottom row are backlit but when you hit the alt button the numbers and symbols light up showing you that they're active. Only issue I have is the looseness in the top portion of the phone when closed. Feels like that piece is gonna fall off.

5. raph21st

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 04, 2009

how did you get it for $$$49.99 at best buy? it says its $99!! OMG if its 49 im going to get one today!

6. vzwtech86

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 31, 2009

I think it was 49 forthe weekend after thanksgiving because of a 50 off promotion. even at 99 bucks though i would recommend it. just not for the full 199.99. for 199.99 id go with the bold 9700 instead.

7. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

How is the battery rated so high? My cliq dies like everyday.

8. Debbie unregistered

Worst Phone EVER

9. Patchy the Pirate unregistered

Please, please, please, please Motorola, NO MORE BLUR. Or make it an app or launcher that can be turned off. Blur lags this great phone out and at times makes it stall like a car with bad gas.
CLIQ
  • Display 3.1" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm MSM7200A, Single core, 528 MHz
  • Storage 0.256 GB
  • Battery 1420 mAh(6.00h talk time)

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