After being, frankly, very impressed at the announcement of Motorola's first Android smartphone yesterday, we caught up with the CLIQ (aka Motorola DEXT) afterwards for a hands-on demo. Motorola were being coy with the handset, preferring to run through its capabilities themselves rather than allow a free-for-all in our own hands, but we did get enough of a play to ascertain that the QWERTY keyboard is tactile and well built, while the 3.1-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen is bright, responsive and - thanks to the hard glass cover - feels great.
It also seems to be quick, too, though there's no telling how close to production-status the firmware is on these demo models. Given the CLIQ won't land on T-Mobile USA until Q4 this year, there's probably still some work to be done, but despite the fact that Motorola have used the same sort of 528MHz Qualcomm processor as can be found on HTC's recent Android handsets, we had no problems with speed or responsiveness.
We're waiting for the full hands-on image gallery of the Motorola CLIQ to finish processing, and will update with that when it's ready. For now, enjoy the video demos and check out this post for more detail on the CLIQ itself.
Motorola CLIQ (aka DEXT) hands-on demo:
Motorola CLIQ with MOTOBLUR demo: