Motorola CLIQ

Motorola CLIQ XT Review

It's feeling a little like deja-vu here at Android Community, with another Android device from Motorola in to review. Hot on the heels of the Motorola DEVOUR and Motorola BACKFLIP comes T-Mobile's latest Android smartphone, the Motorola CLIQ XT. As the name suggests, Motorola are positioning the CLIQ XT as a derivative of the original CLIQ (launched back in November 2009) but eschewing the QWERTY keyboard in favor of a newly slim line touch screen-only form factor. Question is, have Motorola done enough to update the rest of the smartphone? Check out the full Android Community review after the cut.

Motorola Enjoying Stronger Brand Loyalty than Apple?

Yes, you read that right, many dare not to believe, but according to a survey from YouGov’s BrandIndex, that's exactly what's going on as of lately. YouGov is a market research agency founded in May 2000, it uses the Internet and information technology to collect "higher-quality in-depth data for market research and public consultation." Either the Motorola DROID advertising campaign was very successful, or was frightening enough to have this effect on men 18+. At least that's what the survey shows, as you can see on the image above. Now how exactly does YouGov measure all this? Well, we are not sure, but below is how they try to explained it:
BrandIndex is a daily measure of public perception of 850 consumer brands across 34 sectors, measured on a 7-point profile: general impression, ‘buzz’, quality, value, corporate reputation, customer satisfaction and whether respondents would recommend the brand to a friend.
Oh, okay, so pretty easy right? Right...Okay, so there you have it folks, whether you believe this or not, the truth is that, Android is here to stay, and the latest smartphones sporting the free OS from Google are cool, especially the Motorola DROID. So maybe there is truth on this, and now many people are loyal to Motorola not just for the DROID but also the CLIQ. And not just them, but all of us expect more and better devices from Motorola now. [Via Engadget]

Motorola CLIQ gets full SlashGear review

Motorola's first attempt at an Android device - the Motorola CLIQ (aka the DEXT outside of the US) - certainly tries to deliver a lot for a first-gen device, and over at SlashGear we've been putting it through its paces.  The main effort has obviously gone into its MOTOBLUR social networking system, which attempts to pull together all the key strands of your online life together onto the CLIQ's 3.1-inch capacitive touchscreen. That's not to say the hardware isn't comprehensive, with a slide-out QWERTY hardware keyboard, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth, GPS/AGPS and HSPA on T-Mobile USA's network.  They've also slotted in a 5-megapixel autofocus camera. So, have Motorola laid the ghost of RAZR to rest, and does a new OS spell success for the ailing company's future?  The full review is over at SlashGear, so head there to it check out.

Motorola DEXT Orange launch event: hands-on [Video]

After Vincent spent some playtime with the Motorola CLIQ last week, shortly after the company announced their first Android device, Orange and Motorola UK invited us to the launch event for the Motorola DEXT.  Same device, different name; that means the same 3.1-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen display, the same wireless connectivity and the same 5-megapixel camera. It was also an opportunity to see how the DEXT stacks up next to the HTC Hero, currently my regular phone and one we rated highly in our review.  The Hero seems better put together than the DEXT - albeit the latter was a pre-production model, and that could all change when the commercial devices appear - but of course the Motorola has that tactile QWERTY keyboard in a chassis not that much thicker than the HTC's. The Motorola DEXT will arrive on Orange in the first full week of October, priced at free with a new £35 ($58) contract that includes unlimited data, messaging and sat-nav access.  Check out my first-impressions of MOTOBLUR - and how it compares to HTC Sense - over at SlashGear. [vms f2ff029a833cccc778fd] [gallery]

Motorola roadmap shows Cliq in October

Last week the wraps came of the first Motorola Android-powered handset called the Cliq. We already know most of what there is to know about the device, save the key detail of launch date.

Motorola DEXT hits Orange UK from early October

Motorola UK have confirmed that their new Motorola DEXT - the name for the Motorola CLIQ outside of the US - will go on sale through carrier Orange from early October.  Pre-orders for the handset will begin on September 22nd, though pricing is yet to be announced. At the launch event yesterday, Motorola themselves only said that the CLIQ would arrive in the US on T-Mobile sometime in the fall during Q4 2009.  They also confirmed that the device - as the DEXT - would see a release in Latin America and mainland Europe, though failed to give release dates. The DEXT has a 3.1-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 5-megapixel autofocus camera and 3G.  It also uses Motorola's new MOTOBLUR sync system, which you can see demonstrated in the video below. [vms 8137a16a1acd04ed9112]

Motorola CLIQ (aka DEXT) hands-on video demo

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: [vms 8137a16a1acd04ed9112] Motorola CLIQ with MOTOBLUR demo: [vms 79d135ba18e051673d90]

Motorola CLIQ (DEXT)with MOTOBLUR sync announced: T-Mobile in Q4

The Motorola CLIQ, with first phone with social skills, is exclusive to the T-Mobile USA network, and will be released in time for the holidays. The CLIQ will be released in two colors: white and titanium. It is able to do high speed internet; has a 5MP camera, auto focus, and video speeds at 24fps; a standard 3.5mm headphone jack; and an HTML browser, delivered by Google. Access to thousands of applications via the Android Market. The phone is customizable, to fit the user, has both WiFi and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and a microSD card slot with 2GB card. Click over for live hands-on video of the CLIQ! The Mobilize event happened today, with some great conversations taking place amongst innovators in the mobile and tech industry. Most of the beginning spoke about location-based services, and how they can impact the consumer, as well as enterprises all over the world. And while LBS is a huge thing now a days, it was all a footnote to what everyone was really waiting for: Motorola's announcement, regarding their latest handsets, and what they plan to do with a little Operating System known as Android. Motorola CLIQ hands-on video: [vms 8137a16a1acd04ed9112] MOTOBLUR Video demo: [vms 79d135ba18e051673d90] Dr. Sanjay K. Jha took the stage to start, ready to talk about the Innovation of Android. Android is a modern, well created mobile operating system. It has a well developed ecosystem that is growing daily. Motorola is supporting the development of Android. A portfolio of devices, to touch on several fronts for users. Browsing the internet, messaging, as well as other features that need to be utilized on a phone, but that may not appeal to some users. MotoBlur is a feature that blurs the interconnectedness of social media networks, from Facebook, to contacts, messaging, and YouTube. All meant to connect who you know, and to keep them close. It syncs photos, contacts, messages, from services like Gmail, corporate emails, Facebook, Twitter, and automatically serves them on the home screen without any kinds of widgets needing to be opened independently. These widgets are placed on the homescreen, one of three available, and are updated in real time. MotoBlur will also promote the ability to post on a contact's Facebook page, simply by going to their contact card on the phone. The devices are also worry free, as MotoBlur has a remote wipe service, but that your information is stored on servers, so that it is always safe. Once the user gets a new phone, or replaces their current MotoBlur device, their information is restored to the phone. MotoBlur is a global feature, meant to fit on more phones by 2010, which will continue to evolve and build upon the initial release of MotoBlur. The Cliq will also be available around the world, outside of the US, under the name of Dext. Latin America, Spain and the UK will take advantage of the phone's international releases. So it looks like the reason T-Mobile didn't jump on board the HTC Hero is pretty obvious now, as they were siding with the direct competition. Will it be as popular as the SenseUI seemed to be on the Hero? Only time will tell. And thankfully we don't have any real wait here, as the fourth quarter holiday season is just right around the corner. [gallery] Press Release:
T-Mobile USA Unveils the Motorola CLIQ With MOTOBLUR First Android™-Powered Device from Motorola Puts Social Networking Center Stage SAN FRANCISCO — Sept. 10, 2009 — T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the upcoming availability of the Motorola CLIQ™ with MOTOBLUR™, the first Android-powered device from Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) and the first device to feature the innovative MOTOBLUR solution. The CLIQ will be available exclusively in the U.S. from T-Mobile later this fall. Developed by Motorola, MOTOBLUR is an innovative solution that manages and integrates communications – from work e-mail to social networking activity – on your CLIQ. Updates to contacts, posts, messages, photos and more are streamed together and synced from sources including Facebook®, Twitter™, MySpace®, Gmail™, and work and personal e-mail. MOTOBLUR automatically delivers these updates to the home screen in easy-to-view streams so there is no need to open and close different mobile applications to keep up with the latest content. A 3G-capable smartphone featuring a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a full touch-screen display, the CLIQ is designed to keep the conversation moving, enabling fast messaging on the fly and easy navigation through MOTOBLUR’s streams and widgets. Cole Brodman, chief technology and innovation officer with T-Mobile USA, jointly unveiled CLIQ with MOTOBLUR today with Sanjay Jha, co-CEO of Motorola and CEO of Motorola Mobile Devices, at GigaOM’s Mobilize 09 conference. “T-Mobile’s highly social and always-connected customers have a natural affinity for mobile social networking, and we’re excited to feature the Motorola CLIQ with MOTOBLUR prominently in what’s shaping up to be our most innovative holiday product lineup ever,” Brodman said. “The CLIQ lives up to Motorola’s tradition of great design and quality, and to our history of working together to create products that enhance the lives and the relationships of our customers.” Jha said, “We’re pleased to announce our first Android-powered device in partnership with T-Mobile USA. Motorola CLIQ with MOTOBLUR differentiates the Android experience for consumers by being the only smartphone that automatically syncs conversations, contacts and content, and delivers a solution that’s instinctive, social and smart.” The CLIQ expands T-Mobile’s compelling lineup of Android devices and underscores T-Mobile’s commitment to the open, highly customizable platform that gives developers and manufacturers the opportunity to create truly unique experiences. This continued first-mover advantage with Android lets T-Mobile customers have access to incredible innovation in the Android Market™. The CLIQ delivers a reliable mobile Web experience by harnessing the power and speed of T-Mobile’s 3G network and Wi-Fi. Additional CLIQ features include a 3.1-inch HVGA touch-screen display, a 5 megapixel auto focus camera with video capture and playback at 24 frames per second, a 3.5mm headset jack, a music player with pre-loaded Amazon MP3 store application, Shazam, iMeem Mobile, and a pre-installed 2GB microSD memory card with support for up to 32 GB of removable memory. CLIQ also features multitasking capabilities and one-touch access to the Google™ mobile services millions use every day, including Google Search™ by voice, Google Maps™ with Street View, YouTube™ and Picasa™. Easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts is supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. E-mail and contacts are also supported by Yahoo!, Windows Live Hotmail, and other POP3 and IMAP e-mail services. It also combines instant messaging support for Google Talk™, as well as AOL®, Yahoo! Messenger® and Windows Live Messenger. T-Mobile’s 3G network is currently available in 200 cities nationwide and covers more than 150 million people. By the end of 2009, T-Mobile USA expects its 3G network to be available to approximately 200 million people across the U.S. Availability Motorola CLIQ with MOTOBLUR will be available exclusively to T-Mobile customers later this fall in two colors — Titanium and Winter White. Pricing will be announced at a later date. Customers can visit http://www.t-mobile.com/cliq for more information.
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