Motorola CLIQ Review

Multimedia and Camera:

The Motorola CLIQ utilizes Android’s native music player.  There is nothing inherently wrong with it, but it could use some more polish.  Still, it handled all of the mp3s we threw at it just fine, properly displaying album art and track info.  Music can be downloaded OTA via the Amazon MP3 store.

Motorola has reworked the picture gallery and video player so they are now prettier to look at.  When flipping through pictures, for example, the transition is much like turning a page.  The photo viewer allows for picture editing as well.  Users can adjust a number of variables, such as RGB, brightness, contrast, color saturation and others, and an auto-fix noticeably touches up images.  There is a very cool preview feature where half the picture stays as the original and the other half is adjusted so you can compare the differences.  The image can be cropped and rotated, or have the resolution cut down.  The user can select from different color effects or add speech bubbles, clip art and frame the picture.  All-in-all, it offers some very handy stuff.

Videos taken with the CLIQ can be cropped, but that is the extent of the editing capabilities.  The MPEG-4 videos we use as test files were not able to be edited.  Videos looked great on the display, and while native codec support is weak there are apps for that (or at least ones that are coming soon.)

The camera interface is pretty simple, but one nice feature is that when you take a picture it displays your location information and integrates that into the filename.  Settings are fairly sparse; the user can adjust resolution, geotagging preferences, color effect, toggle auto focus and choose from automatic or preset white balances.  Images turned out quite well however, with good color saturation and above average detail.  The color representation was often made better by the auto-correction via the photo editing software, and we were quite pleased with the CLIQ’s performance.

Connectivity and Software:

The Motorola CLIQ is a quad-band GSM phone with tri-band 7.2MB/s 3G on the 900, 1700 and 2100MHz frequencies.  T-Mobile’s 3G coverage is pretty small right now, but thankfully Wi-Fi is included as well for high-speed data.  When connected via Edge it took a few minutes for us to load, but as you would expect it loaded noticeably quicker on Wi-Fi.  The stock Android browser is good but not great.  As usual multi-touch is not implemented, a feature that would influence our opinion on it heavily.

The CLIQ features 256MB RAM, 512MB ROM and a Qualcomm MSM7201A processor at 528 MHz, which is pretty standard for Android devices.  It was no slower or faster than recent smartphones we have tested; there were times we found ourselves waiting longer than we would have wanted but in general it was snappy enough.  There is not much in terms of preloaded software beyond the already-covered Motorola enhancements, but with the Android Market now over the 10,000 app mark there are plenty of items for the user to explore and download.



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.
  • 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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