Motorola BLUR UI video walkthrough

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.

Source: YouTube

Motorola CLIQ / DEXT hits the UK on October 7th with Orange

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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.

Source: SlashGear

Motorola CLIQ on T-Mobile next month for $200 on contract

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This sounds a bit more expensive than I thought. But if you really want Motorola‘s first Android device you’ll have to wait until October 19th to pre-order the CLIQ and shell out $200 with a two years contract.

CLIQ Registration Begins Today; Customer Pre-Sale Begins Oct. 19

BELLEVUE, Wash. -Sept. 29, 2009 – T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the Motorola CLIQ™, the first Android™-powered device from Motorola Inc. and the first device to feature the innovative MOTOBLUR™ solution, will be available for pre-sale for existing T-Mobile customers starting Oct. 19 at http://www.t-mobile.com/CLIQ.

Customers who order the CLIQ during the pre-sale period, Oct. 19–Nov. 1, will have an opportunity to be one of the first in the U.S. to experience T-Mobile’s latest Android-powered phone, which automatically syncs and streams social messaging updates, text messages, and work and personal e-mail directly to the home screen. Devices ordered during pre-sale will be shipped to customers as orders are received and will include a complimentary car charger. The CLIQ will be available exclusively to eligible T-Mobile customers for $199.99 with a two-year service agreement.*

Beginning today, customers can visit http://www.t-mobile.com/CLIQ to register for CLIQ updates, learn more about the phone and check out a demo of MOTOBLUR. Those that register to receive CLIQ updates are entered into a grand prize sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip with five friends to one of four select destinations. In addition, those that register before Oct. 19 will also have the opportunity to instantly win a new CLIQ.

The pre-sale website is here

Source: T-Mobile

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.

Read the rest here

Motorola CLIQ Android phone announced. Same old hardware with a new skin

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Today Motorola held their Android event in San Fransisco to announce their first Android based devices the CLIQ which sports their homemade skin/UI called Motorola Blur.

The Motorola CLIQ

First of let’s start with the hardware. Hands-on reports say that it feels real good in the hand and look quite a bit better in real life compared to the photos. Well that’s good cause the specs are what bothers me the most (I’ll talk about the software later). It’s the same old stuff with be getting from several ODM/OEMs (mainly HTC) for the past several years. You are getting the same old Qualcomm MSM 7200A chipset that powers 100% of all the Android phones and nearly 90% of the Windows Mobile phones. The same HQVGA resolution, a 3.1″ capacitive touch screen, the same amount of RAM as on the HTC Hero, a slide-out qwerty keyboard, 3.5mm jack and 5mpx camera. So nothing new on the hardware side unfortunately. You can get all the info on Moto’s CLIQ page here

Motorola BLUR
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Now let’s talk about the software. Thankfully were are getting something interesting called Motorola BLUR. But is it something really new? Well, not exactly. It’s basically what you already get with HTC’s Sense UI on their latest android phones (and People Centric Communication on the WinMo devices) and Palm’s WebOS Synergy. The implementation looks really good though. Maybe even more functional than HTC’s or Palm’s. You can check it out here

Once again the ball is now in Microsoft’s camp, as all these social/contacts/synergy features where (and are still AFAIK) natively part of Windows Mobile 7. And if you remember (a couple of them used to work for Moto on WM7) , Motorola was one of the biggest MS partner and working really closely on WM7, but because of the constant delays they decided to focus on Android.

Android is getting bigger and that’s good for the us and for the competition. The Motorola CLIQ should be available on T-Mobile in time before the holidays for free on contract according to this :

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Source: Motorola & Engadget