This time it’s Gizmodo‘s turn to take a look at Moto‘s first Android device, the Motorola CLIQ. And just like Engadget they came to the same conclusion, the phone is nice, software is quite good but the hardware is lacking especially the MSM72XX chipset. Now what I find funny is that 90% of all the Windows Mobile phones use the chipset but usualy everybody blames the OS if something doesn’t feel right, but when it’s time to talk about Android it’s the oposite, the OS is great but the hardware sucks (eventhough it has exactly the same features, if not less, than WinMo). Anyway, here’s their conclusion:
Like we said in the hardware section, the major thing holding back the Cliq from being a fantastic phone is the processor. The animations are smooth, the UI touches are smart and the social networking stuff is useful; we just wish we could have a bit more account customization, do all of that on faster hardware. Once Motorola gets the Blur platform onto a more powerful phone and works through some of the software quirks we noticed, they’re going to have a really good Android phone on their hands.
Is this the phone that Motorola needs to bring it back into the smartphone race? It could be. They were smart enough to know that just doing another Android phone wasn’t enough in itself, so they pulled together and created all this social networking glue to bind the experience together. It’s cohesive enough to call the Cliq a different experience from other, similar devices like the Sprint HTC Hero, and is a pretty damn good first step in a possible Motorola comeback.
Read the full review here