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Cliq 2

Posted: December 13, 2010 in Android Devices, Rumors
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Not much has been heard regarding Motorola’s Cliq 2. However, yesterday Android sites started posting information regarding the Cliq 2 trademark passing the Us Patent office. Not much more is known at the moment regarding the Cliq 2 although it is one step closer to a possible debut. The rumored specs include:

  • 2.2
  • The keyboard is interesting with no gaps
  • WI-FI calling

Hopefully we will hear more regarding specs or a release date. Stay tuned.

Motorola Cliq 2.1 Review

Posted: December 12, 2010 in Android Devices

The Long Haul:

In January 2010, Motorola’s CEO Sanjay Jha announced at CES that the Motorola Cliq would be updated to Android 2.1. Since that announcement Cliq owners waited for the update as each quarter passed. At the end of quarter two Motorola postponed the update to ensure the best possible user experience once it was released. Finally, on November 9th, 2010 Motorola officially released the long awaited 2.1 update for the Motorola Cliq.

2.1-Éclair Sweetened by Froyo:

Motorola included many new features in the long awaited update for the Cliq. The update is officially called 2.1.5, due to the addition of Android 2.2’s Jit Complier. Below you will find a list of enhancements that waits in the 2.1 update.

• 7 screens-More room for widgets and applications

• Resizable Widgets-The ability to resize certain widgets

• Task Manager-The built in Task Manager helps improve battery life with an auto end list

• Ability to Customize Happenings-Choose which contacts to display and from what account

• New Widgets

– Contact Quick Task-Widget for the people that you call and text the most
– Sticky Note-Keep all your important notes right on your home screen

• Improved Media Player
– Internet Radio
– Lyric Display
– Tune Wiki

• New Google Apps
– Speech to Text
– Voice Search
– Turn by Turn Navigation

• Improved Multimedia Apps

• Multiple Google Accounts

• Jit Complier (Froyo Addition)

A Little Less Sweet:

Even though the 2.1 update includes many new features, several people are wondering why the two most wanted aspects of 2.1 were left out of the Cliq’s update. From what I gather Live Wallpapers were left out do to poor performance and battery life. Multi-touch could not be included do to the lack of hardware in the Motorola Cliq. A small disappointment, but if they had been included it would have drastically changed the performance of the phone.

The Future of the Cliq:

As 2.1 has finally been released many people are wondering what the future has in store for the Cliq. Unfortunately, it is uncertain at this time. Motorola has not confirmed nor denied future bug fixes or updates for the Cliq. So when and if we see any future enhancements are uncertain. However, my personal opinion on the matter of the Cliq is that we may see a bug fix or two, but as far as any future upgrades I doubt it due to the hardware limitations in the Cliq.

I have owned the Cliq, Motorola’s first T-Mobile Android phone, for a little over a month now. I was a little wary buying it but by the end of the first day I fell in love with it.

The Cliq does run on Android 1.5, with MotoBlur running on top. If you are not familiar with Motoblur it is Motorola’s own special blend. You create an account and with that account you sign in. The Moto Blur service is quite unique for many reasons.

  1. First, if you need to do a reset on the phone it saves your settings, which in my opinion, is a very nifty idea.
  2. Second, say your phone gets lost or stolen you are able to login to your Moto Blur account from another computer and wipe all your information from the phone and track it. You can also put the info back on the phone. Thankfully I have not had to do this.
  3. Third, the Motoblur service syncs all you contacts and accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Gmail, and more. It is a little much at first but you are able to link the accounts together. Say your Mom has Twitter, Facebook, and Gmail you can link all three contacts together to make one. Also you can choose which account your contact’s pics come from.

Unlike the MT3G and G1 you have five screens instead of three. So there is plenty of room for widgets. The Happenings widget displays all updates for your accounts. Let’s say Mary updated her status on Facebook, it will show up right in the Happenings widget.
The Messaging widget displays any and all messages you receive such as Text, Myspace, Twitter, and Facebook messages. So instead of having to sign in to multiple accounts you can do it all right from your screen. You can also add news widgets and stay up to date with all your RSS Feeds. All you have to do is click and scroll.

Now the phone itself I think is lovely. The overall design makes it really attractive. The screen is a little bit smaller than my MT3G, but like I said just a little. The phone is not heavy at all in my opinion it feels quite solid.
Oh and the keyboard is excellent, it is small and compact, the buttons are raised a little bit so you can actually feel them. The only draw back is no backlight inless you hit the alt button, which truthfully does not help that much at all inless you want to type with numbers and symbols. The Cliq does have a back light although it seems that some don’t work while others do.

The battery life on the phone is basically the same as all other smart phones. Depending on how much you are on the phone surfing the net,playing on Myspace, Facebook, or Twitter determines how long your battery will last. Let’s put it this way I am easily on my phone 12 hours a day, since I pretty much manage my life from my phone. So I usually go through, on average, three full charges a day. Like I said if you are going to own a smart phone expect poor battery life, it just comes with the package.

On to the camera/ video recorder. I like it, it takes decent pics nothing to get all crazy about. I do believe it would have been quite a bit better if it had flash.

Now the biggest debate concerning the Cliq is weather or not it will be updated. Truthfully, I do not know. However, I do believe it will be updated probably around the same time all other android phones get updated.

Overall, if you are big on social networking and staying connected to the world I would recommend the Motorola Cliq, it is an excellent phone with a lot of features to keep you connected.