The earliest Motorola Cliq is not in the buzz these days but back then it was quite avant-garde. The Android based slider phone was the first one to run Motoblur software that turns it simple to keep the tabs on social networking sites using widgets and also it supports your information to the cloud. The follow-up of this handset is arrived at last and is available for just $99. It comes with Android 2.2 OS, larger display, swifter processor and a funky keyboard.
The handset takes up oval shape and is chiseled with chrome accents. It has high-end looks than its forerunner. The ribbed battery cover gives you the sturdy grip however this plastic case feels delicate when isolated. The centerpiece of the phone is its screen measuring 3.7inch which supports 854X480 pixel resolution and it denotes a major improve from the previous model. The images look pretty sharp and bright on it.
The top edge houses power button and 3.5mm headphone jack. A couple of volume buttons, dedicated camera button and ringer toggle switch decorate the right spine. It packs 2GB microSD card which you can remove without even taking out the battery. The body measures 2.3inch wide, 0.5inch deep and 4.2inch tall and weighs about 6.2ounces. The phone is heavier than Cliq because of the larger display.
- Carrier : T-Mobile
- CPU : 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU
- OS : Android 2.2
- RAM : 512MB
- Display : 3.7 inch touchscreen
- Camera : 5MP
- Dimension : 2.3 X 0.5 X 4.2 inches
- Weight : 6.2 ounces
- Price : $99.99
Once you slide open the phone you’ll see QWERTY keyboard which is so unique. It is made of body-hugging membrane with an appealing honeycomb-like look. The rubberized keys seem like bubbles which are small and bit stiff. However they provide good tactile feedback. The backlit layout ropes in dedicated @ and Search keys, plus arrow keys for better cursor movements.
For touch keyboard, the phone employs Swype as the default selection. This method for text entry involves drawing lines through the letters and is very easy to type using single hand. You can use the Swype keyboard for touch typing but sadly the spacebar is situated oddly towards the right side of the screen.
Software and Applications
The phone has Motorola’s Motoblur service covered on top of Android 2.2 OS. Motoblur draws info from your choice of social networking sites which can be Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. You can attach multiple e-mail accounts like Gmail, Yahoo to the Motoblur. However, to configure Motoblur you need to create account for it with different e-mail and password.
It phone sports 7 customizable home screens. Lot of Motorola widgets sits on these windows together with general Google applets packed with the OS. Some of the handy offerings are social networking tiles that show data from Facebook and Twitter, Weather and switches for toggling Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS.
Few other useful apps on the phone are Blockbuster, Amazon MP3, T-Mobile Wi-Fi Calling and Kindle for eBooks reading.
Camera and Camcorder
The phone mounts a 5MP camera with dual LED Flash at the rear end. You get hell lot of settings to choose including plenty of scene modes and effects like Sepia and Black & White. You can geotag your pictures. You can even share your images through various social networking accounts, emails.
The images captured outside come out with sufficient sharpness and look colorful but slightly subdued. Indoor images with enough lightning are not bad but in shady environments the images suffer. The dual flash tends to blow out the pictures of nearby objects.
Coming to video recording, it can go up to 720X480 pixels. The footages are mostly smooth with lot of loudness. However, when played on monitors you can notice some tearing.
Configuration and Performance
Cliq 2 is equipped with ARM Cortex AB processor that runs at 1GHz, 512MB of RAM and 1GB of ROM. It scores 59 on Fps2D, a test which gauges 2D graphics performance. This score is better comparatively. However the smartphones like G2 and Shift 4G outdoes in memory, CPU and file system. This may be because Motoblur uses up the system resources. Nonetheless, the phone is very responsive during day-to-day use. While flipping through different home screens and opening apps you won’t notice much delay.
Call quality is very good where users can hear loud and clear voice. The phone also supports Wi-Fi calling, which lets you make/receive calls at your places and other outer areas where coverage is on downside.
The 1420mAh battery can endure up to 7.9hours of constant usage. It offers 13 days of standby time.
The biggest moan about the phone is that it lacks 4G data, though the T-Mobile tells you should anticipate for swifter speeds in HSPA+ coverage places. Takes time to load few sites but the mobile sites are fired up quite swiftly.
With Speedtest app, it measures pretty good download speed of 1.8Mbps and upload speed of 1.2Mbps.
You get loads of ways to pass time with Cliq 2. You get apps for Kindle ebooks, YouTube, Amazon music and BlockBuster rentals. The incorporated stereo speakers burst out with a huge amount of volume.
In order to aid you with syncing music and videos between phone and PC, it brings in Media Link software. Consumers are able to share files athwart their home network connection with Media Share app that supports DLNA.
The phone has few attractive things in its kitty like social-networking friendly interface and better performance than the previous Cliq. Of course the keyboard is unusual but it works quite well once you get used to it. On the whole, it is surely a satisfying follow-up but not the ideal choice in its price range.