Thursday, March 3, 2011
Motorola CLIQ Review
The Motorola CLIQ/DEXT has 3G/HSDPA (900, 1700, 2100); in the US, it is only compatible with T-Mobile's 3G UMTS network. It also has Wi-Fi capability, a 5-megapixel camera and video recording (at 24 frames per second), a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack, an HTML browser, and a QWERTY keyboard. It also has access to applications through the Android Marketplace that is part of the Android OS.
Motorola CLIQ Images
Motorola CLIQ (MB200) or Motorola DEXT
Type Slider smartphone
Operating system Android v1.5 (Cupcake)
2.1 (Eclair; US only)(upgrade)
CPU 528 MHz Qualcomm MSM7201A processor
Storage capacity Flash memory: 256 MB / 199 Free
microSD slot: supports up to 32 GB
Memory RAM: 256MB, ROM: 512MB
Display 320 x 480 px, 3.1 in (79 mm), TFT LCD, HVGA
Input Capacitive Touchscreen, Virtual Keyboard, Sliding QWERTY Keyboard, Sliding D-pad
Camera 5.0 megapixel with auto focus, geotagging
Connectivity Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, ExtUSB, A-GPS
Dimensions 114 mm (4.5 in) (h)
58 mm (2.3 in) (w)
15.6 mm (0.61 in) (d)
Weight 163 g (5.7 oz)
Some of the other key features of the device are MOTOBLUR, remote wipe and link calls with mapping software.
MOTOBLUR's primary function is to enable the user to receive various updates from a variety of sources such as Twitter, Facebook, LastFM, and Email clients directly on their phone's main screen.
Motorola DEXT (European edition) was launched by early October 2009 in the UK by Orange UK followed by the US launch of the US edition CLIQ by T-Mobile US on 2 November 2009.
On 23 January 2010, Motorola sold CLIQ/DEXT to Singapore[clarification needed] in Asia exclusively and it was also sold to Singapore Telecom, Singtel exclusively. Then later launched in Australia on 9 April 2010 exclusively on the Optus mobile network.
Updates (Android 1.5)
Notice, all updates include earlier update improvements as well, so newer updates seem to carry more improvements at first glance.1.1.31
Early December 2009 T-Mobile US started pushing an operating system update OTA. Features of the update include: better battery life /management, improved Bluetooth connection, touch screen accuracy improvement, accelerometer accuracy, & hang-up issues. The patch (to system version 1.1.31) weighs in around 8 MB.
On 22 February 2010, Motorola released on over-the-air software upgrade to the MOTOBLUR interface, its version number is 1.3.18. The update includes:
* Enhanced battery life.
* Improved touchscreen detection and accuracy.
* Better audio routing preventing random occurrences of speakerphone during calls. Music is appropriately routed to the external speakers instead of the earphones.
* General improvements to the Blur user interface and better notification of incoming calls as well as an improvement on missed call notifications.
* Faster and more accurate GPS lock-ons for applications such as Google Maps, geotagging for photographs, and various other GPS functions.
* Additional Windows Media formats compatibility such as .WMA and .WAV media formats.
* Improvements to Bluetooth functionality such as compatibility with Bluetooth car kits and the ability to export contacts to the car kit to for calling, displaying contact names, and viewing call history.
* A SIM card management application that allows for the importing, exporting, and deletion of contacts in groups or individually.
* Improved stability in applications that quit unexpectedly and occurrences of unresponsiveness.
* Provides access to the latest Google applications such as the Android market, YouTube, Google Talk and etc.
* An update to the latest version of the preloaded Quickoffice which allows editing of Microsoft Office documents.
Early April 2010, T-Mobile and Motorola released a new 2-part update, which includes:
* 1.4.2 - Updated Radio (Stage 1). Phone then reboots & downloads OTA The 1.4.8 Update.
* 1.4.8 - Stage 2
* The "End Call" key was relocated within the calling screen to reduce instances of unintentionally ending Active calls
* General improvements to text messaging - especially for longer message threads
* Enhanced battery performance
* Improves the touch screen sensitivity and response of the device-including touch sensitivity for keys on or around the display borders
* Enhances audio quality in certain scenarios in which users experienced issues
* Set-up wizard improved to make MOTOBLUR set-up for new users or those who have been prompted to re-enter information easier
* Repairs audio routing to prevent: spontaneous speakerphone activations during calls and the random occurrence of music playback through the earpiece instead of appropriate external speakers
* Improves user interface performance-consistently notifying the user when a new call is coming in which reduces missed call notifications
* Provides faster GPS performance for applications such as Google Maps, Geotagging of photos and other GPS functions
* Compatible with more media formats including .WMA and .WAV Windows media files
* Enables the user to listen to visual voicemail via Bluetooth and enables the Bluetooth car kit to sync to user's device therefore the car kit can display the names of incoming callers and download phone book contacts (calls can now be made from the car kit display and enables users to view the call history list from the car kit display)
* Enables user to import, export or delete contacts individually or in groups
* Additional device stability reduces occurrence of unresponsiveness and/or programs quitting unexpectedly
* Updated Google Mobile Services application provides access to the latest Android 1.5 compatible versions of Google applications such as Maps, Talk, YouTube, Market, and more
* Adds the ability to view documents in Microsoft Office 2007 format
* Some users of this version report a spacebar (and possibly other keys) bug when the light sensor detects dim lighting, such as in doors or at night. (link to forum postings coming soon)
Upgrade Delays and Leak
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At various times, Motorola promised to update the CLIQ to Android OS 2.1. The update was slated to release during Q2 of 2010, but again postponed. On November 9, 2010 the upgrade was finally released to the U.S. public. The European and Latin American versions of the phone (the DEXT) will not receive the update.
Around August 2010, A leaked version of the 2.1 update was released, enabling users to receive the update without having to root the device
Motorola CLIQ XT
The Motorola CLIQ XT (also known as the Motorola Quench) was released on 17 March 2010. Its functionally is very similar to the CLIQ, except the XT does not have a physical keyboard.
The Motorola CLIQ XT has been surrounded by update controversy since its early days. Soon after its launch Motorola had a scheduled the CLIQ XT to receive the Android 2.1 update in Q2 2010. After months of silent delays, being pushed back to Q3 2010, then Q4 2010, and a period of "additional testing in process." On February 3, 2011 Motorola made the announcement that the CLIQ XT will not be receiving the 2.1 update and that it would stay on its current Android 1.5 build.
 Motorola Cliq 2
At CES 2011, Motorola revealed the Motorola Cliq 2 to be released on 19 January 2011. The phone retains a similar design to the original CLIQ, including the physical keyboard and the MOTOBLUR UI. Also featuring Android 2.2, a 3.7" display and a 5MP camera with dual LED flash.