Motorola CLIQ Preview

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BoyGeniusReport were lucky enough to have a Motorola CLIQ to play with and preview. Contrary to the majority of early hands-on with the phone during the launch event, BGR doesn’t seem ecstatic about it. The hardware is fine but even-though the MOTOROLABLUR UI and social network integration is good idea and well executed the device lack that certain touch that would make the phone a great product:

It’s annoyingly slow at times — really hope this isn’t final software — has very little user-customizable settings where you need them (something ironic for a handset that actually does offer a real attractive “connected lifestyle” concept) and has to be pretty low on the totem pole as far as market positioning is concerned. There’s the Motorola Sholes which is said to be extremely high-end with a fusion of aluminum and other metals launching on the Verizon network (as well as a Euro 3G unit we’re told) which is completely opposite of the CLIQ, and that interests us as far as what Motorola is up to.

Motorola was and still is one of our favorite tech companies. This is only their first handset since they did a little spring cleaning and it’s decent. I’m really hoping the software side of things dramatically improves as we get closer to a release, but with less than two months to go, I’m not sure it will happen. We know not everything you wanted to hear about was covered in this preview write-up, so hit us in the comments with any questions and we’ll update the post with answers. We’ve also reached out to Motorola’s PR team and are waiting to hear back from them to clarify some information like the software version and other fun stuff.
UPDATE: We’ve been informed this unit is definitely not running the final OS.

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