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Motorola CLIQ Review

Motorola CLIQ

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Performance and Conclusion:

When we held the Motorola CLIQ in the traditional position callers were very pleased with the sound quality, rating us at an 8.5, but just a slight movement, such as pinning the phone between our ear and shoulder with no hands, and quality significantly dropped.  To us callers sounded very good, and we would agree with their 8.5 rating.  Sound quality was clear, voice reproduction was good and the volume was loud enough, but in a noisy environment we would have preferred more.  The battery is rated for 6 hours of talk time, which should be plenty to get most users though the day.  Standby time was great, and after many days of non-use (but updates via MOTOBLUR) the battery was still well over half full.

The Motorola CLIQ offers some very nice features, and we like the theory behind MOTOBLUR even if the execution still has some refining to undergo.  Our biggest complaint is the concave keyboard keys and the overall chintzy feel of the phone, but these are offset with a very good display, camera and social networking integration of MOTOBLUR.  What it comes down to in the end is price: at $200 on contract the CLIQ is the most expensive Android device on the market along with the DROID, but offers none of the premium features that the DROID does.  Given recent entries into the market like the DROID Eris and the Hero, T-Mobile’s entire Android lineup could use a price slashing, and at under $100 the CLIQ would be a much more compelling offering.

Motorola CLIQ Video Review:

Motorola CLIQ Review


  • It’s got some work ahead of it, but MOTOBLUR isn’t bad. We especially like the contact integration
  • Good camera with useful photo editing software
  • Display is responsive and movies look great
  • Good phone performance and battery life


  • Build quality leaves a lot to be desired
  • Keyboard is difficult to use with the concave bottom row
  • Too expensive for what it is
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 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.

posted on 16 Nov 2009, 17:09

2. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 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.

posted on 20 Nov 2009, 08:06

3. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 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.

posted on 04 Dec 2009, 00:37

4. vzwtech86 (Posts: 20; Member since: 31 Oct 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.

posted on 04 Dec 2009, 03:07

5. raph21st (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Dec 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!

posted on 04 Dec 2009, 04:24

6. vzwtech86 (Posts: 20; Member since: 31 Oct 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.

posted on 23 Mar 2010, 06:23

7. Schmao (Posts: 365; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)

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

posted on 13 Dec 2010, 22:10

8. Debbie (unregistered)

Worst Phone EVER

posted on 30 Dec 2010, 17:15

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.

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Motorola CLIQ

Motorola CLIQ

OS: Android 1.5
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Display3.1 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (186 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Qualcomm MSM7200A, Single core, 528 MHz
0.25 GB RAM
Size4.49 x 2.28 x 0.62 inches
(114 x 58 x 16 mm)
5.75 oz  (163 g)
Battery1420 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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