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
Engadget just posted what looks like the first official review of the Motorola CLIQ. From the sounds of it Motorola did pull out a pretty good smartphone, unfortunitely there’s nothing in it that will make you go wow. The hardware is basicaly nearly indentical to all the other Android phones already out (HVGA screen with MSM72XX chipset). There’s alot of info in there so I suggest you check out the whole review if you are interested. Here’s some action on video:
Let’s be very clear: though it fares pretty competitively against the aging crop of Google-powered devices on the market today, the CLIQ isn’t the Android phone to end all Android phones. Then again, it’s not supposed to be — at least, we hope it isn’t — because a smallish HVGA display and an overworked, outmatched MSM7201A core aren’t going to win any believers that haven’t already been won over by HTC’s stable. What the CLIQ does do, though, is lay the groundwork for something better — a Motorola that doesn’t cause eyes to roll, a Motorola that makes aspirational phones that people can want to own again.
In a perfect world, Moto would’ve kicked off its Last Stand by coming to the plate with an absolute beast of a phone — massive processor, massive camera, massive display, the works — but market realities and carrier demands have meant the middling CLIQ and DEXT are the first to get time in the spotlight. We think this is just the beginning, though; hardware will inevitably improve, and BLUR — a system that is currently right in principle and wrong in execution — will evolve to become a much more usable platform. How do we know? We don’t — but this is a humbled company with its back firmly pressed against the wall. They’ll adapt and succeed, or they’ll die. It’s really that simple.
Mobile-Review just uploaded a walkthrough video of Motorola’s BLUR UI found on the CLIQ / DEXT Android phone.
Looks nice, but not THAT nice IMO.
Looks like the UK Android lover are going to get the Motorola DEXT (the European name of the CLIQ) Android smartphone earlier that we thought. According to SlashGear it’s supposd to be avaialbe tomorrow, October 7th, on Orange UK for FREE on a £34.26 ($55) per month two year contract. US folks will have to wait until October 19th to start to pre-order the CLIQ on T-Mobile.