Hands On With The Motorola Cliq 2

While the original Motorola Cliq never matched the success of the Droid series, it had its share of followers. Motorola is back with the Cliq 2 and we spent some time with the device this evening and came away reasonably impressed. The 1GHZ processor was certainly able to throw everything I could at it and didn’t seem to slow down. There were a few moments where my clicks didn’t register on the screen but I could chalk that up to not final software or just chance.  The 3.7-inch screen is beautiful and the keyboard with its odd Honeycomb shape has a great feel and is very responsive. MotoBlur isn’t as heavy as on the first Cliq and that’s a welcome feeling but it’s still there and you know it.

While we only played with the device for a few minutes it’s definitely a competitor to the G2 based solely on the great keyboard. With a more limited MotoBlur this is definitely worth looking at if you’ve been eyeing that G2 for a while, maybe it will surprise you.

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  • http://twitter.com/crankmosh Doc Mosh

    might have to try one out!

  • Nokia N900

    The difference between this and the G2 is that the G2 will see forthcoming android updates and Cliq 2 owners will have to wait until the Cliq 3 comes out if they want an updated Cliq phone.

    • Anonymous

      but you get the super fantastic MOROBLUR with the cliq

      • whogivesaratsassss

        OH BOY! motoblur is SOOOOO awesome and revolutionary! thats sarcasm by the way. i hate motoblur mainly because it makes Android look and act like sh*t. Motorola should be sued for destroying android.

        • http://twitter.com/Pistol_Pat M. Patrick Ortiz

          Open source you moron. Obama should sue you for making America look like uneducated trash.

    • Ultimate Darkness X

      For all you know they might actually have figured things out finally with the Motoblur software. I know what you mean though as I am feeling that is how it would be. At least it is starting out on 2.2 though and has a pretty nice processor so it could handle the updates and not be sluggish like the original Cliq when updated to 2.1 (granted I managed to make it work pretty well with little lag)

  • Redbird416

    What a joke Motorola did not take care of the cliq and the cliq xt why would anyone buy the cliq 2 no way Motorola

  • Tyrone M Jackson

    Great! Another phone that T-Mobile can fail to support. Just like the myTouch 3G Slide!

    • Ultimate Darkness X

      If you mean updates as support Tyrone…once again as said in many areas of this site and elsewhere…T-Mobile IS NOT responsible for software updates….

      • http://twitter.com/FR35HM1NDZ Jamille Browne

        T-Mobile is just as responsible for updates as the manufacturer of the device. Verizon Motoblur devices gets updates just t-mobiles and other carriers for that matter haven’t and its because because t-mobile doesn’t put enough pressure on the manufacturers to do so. What android device on t-mobile gets updated respectively? Not really any I can think of but every other carrier has at least one device that does get updated respectively. That alone tells you t-mobile is partial to the issue. Also the Samsung Vibrant has had a unofficial official 2.2 froyo rom for sometime but yet no 2.2 via OTA that too should say that t-mobile is a factor or maybe the kinks haven’t been ironed out.

  • diemotorola

    Motorola sucks massive balls. I wouldnt use a motorola if it was free. So no, I will no buy this hideous piece of sh*t. please die soon, Motorola. PLEASE

    • http://twitter.com/Pistol_Pat M. Patrick Ortiz

      You should’ve had a V8. I can GUARANTEE you would use a Droid X if it were given to you.

  • GreenTea

    ROFL we get the cliq 2 and verizon gets the bionic…oh how great thou art Tmo. how great. We are getting completely made a fool of at CES. Especially if that LG Opt 2X is not coming here (fingers crossed it does) Focusing on tablets? I mean are they THAT big of a deal? Why do you need so many diff ones?

    • http://twitter.com/FR35HM1NDZ Jamille Browne

      Motorola has some kind of thing for Verizon, they always give Verizon the best devices so thats nothing new to me if you want a super bad ass Motorola you have to be on Verizon end of story. T-Mobile is still getting good devices but as for moto devices? you shouldn’t want any on tmo if you care about updates.

  • The Hammer

    Does anybody else think that keyboard is FUGLY as home made sin. its like a freaky looking alligator snake skin wannabe

  • The Hammer

    Does anybody else think that keyboard is FUGLY as home made sin. its like a freaky looking alligator snake skin wannabe

  • Bobert

    motorola has balls of steel to put this out and t mobile just like last year is the red headed step child.

  • Bobert

    and how dare you photograph the my touch with the cliq! ;)

  • Izzybrexx

    U know before the hype phase and android blowing up everyone had something good to talk about…now all I see is people complain and complain about how a phone looks like this but does this N it has this and not this….complaining like girls over boys in hs!!!..plain and simple,company’s throw out good phones becausecompanys throw out the money for it!!.period…

  • donnyc.

    I’m certainly not complaining but I just don’t see why anyone would buy this phone. Its just so…so…blah. Maybe its just my bias against ugly motorola phones with motoblur. Maybe others like that sort of thing, to each their own I suppose.

    • http://twitter.com/Pistol_Pat M. Patrick Ortiz

      How would you feel if your boss told you your progress was so… so… “blah”? What exactly does that mean?

      • Izzybrexx

        Comment ftw…its not a phone for u,so don’t down it!.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WOF6ZCKUUJDNLYWIGKEK3E5HFU B

      I have a G2 being shipped. I plan on trading it in immediately for the Cliq2.
      I loved my Cliq, can’t wait for the upgrade.
      And as a chick, I find it way more physically appealing than the stiff, rectangular G2. Just on looks alone I would sacrifice some perks. G2 is UGLY (maybe not to guys, but as a chick, yeah… no)

      • Bodyguardjrock

        i dont know bout those other phones but the cliq i got is ausome i love it and the looks are great but that motoblur is the coolest thing for facebook gotta love it!

        bodyguardjrock

  • Anonymous

    Junq.

    2.

  • mh946

    it’s not worth changing my g2 for this POC

    • Domiluv318

      I agree… G2 is the shiz…

  • Edward Constantin

    Fugly!

  • Mpage64

    Stay far away from the Cliq 2 and Motorola! They have some nerve coming out with this phone before they make things right with XT owners!! And T Mobile should be ashamed of themselves for offering it before Motorola delivers on their promises for their other phones.

    STAY FAR AWAY FROM MOTOROLA AND THE CLIQ 2!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/Lawless_1 Lawless_1

      Umm T-mobile/HTC have not made right by Mytouch Slide owners and Samsung has not made right by Vibrant?Behold II owners And LG is new to android so what is your point? The original Cliq was a much more sturdy feeling slider than anything from HTC as far as android on T-mobile goes (G1, G2, Mytouch Slide)

  • Dfireballwow

    I guess we will never have an android device that will match the EVO or some of the other larger devises.. I know the Vibert and G2 and the Nexus S. but really i have not heard all that much good on them. I’m using a HD2 and I’m running Adroid 2.2 on it. Love the phone.

    • Davidohio

      T-mobile is launching 25 new 4G devices this year and a few of those should be 4 inch screens or “Evo” clones like you want. There is a post about it on here.

    • DroidX2

      What? HD2 does not run android.

      • Alemanandrew

        ..UMMM yes it DOES!!! i have mine running Dual boot! Win 6.5 and Android 2.2…

    • Patricjames

      The Evo has the same issues as the HD2, it compresses all your text messages and emails burning up all your virtual memory there for it freezes and its a pain to delete it all the time. My touch 4G is way better and I can’t wait to get my hands on the LG Optimus 2X

  • Dfireballwow

    I guess we will never have an android device that will match the EVO or some of the other larger devises.. I know the Vibert and G2 and the Nexus S. but really i have not heard all that much good on them. I’m using a HD2 and I’m running Adroid 2.2 on it. Love the phone.

  • Anonymous

    Tmo got the short end of the stick This CES :/

  • Unknown

    i wish tmobile would get something similar to the EVO ..they are so behind with the phones is sucks!…and they services lately has been ridiculous … i was considering switching ..but for some reason i like them too much..but if this continues with the services im gone..

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  • Superboy0202

    i have the new blackberry bold 9780 and it is awesome doesn’t compare to any phone out there especially in the keyboard section ;)

  • Artojeda1988

    never getting anything from Motorola they screwed me over with cliq 1 and had me waiting for and update for more then 1 year and now a cliq 2 i see the same thing happening

  • Artojeda1988

    never getting anything from Motorola they screwed me over with cliq 1 and had me waiting for and update for more then 1 year and now a cliq 2 i see the same thing happening

  • Artojeda1988

    never getting anything from Motorola they screwed me over with cliq 1 and had me waiting for and update for more then 1 year and now a cliq 2 i see the same thing happening

  • Patchy the Pirate

    Limited Motoblur??? The only *improvement* motorola could make to motoblur, would be to allow the end user to actually REMOVE it. It is buggy laggy bloat that makes their phones difficult to update. Just ask the cliq xt users still on android 1.5 cupcake. No thanks, no more blur, I already had a cliq 1,

    …. motorola, people loved the original droid it was great with stock android. Just think with stock android, how fast you could update the phone and buy back some of the bad rep your company has for slow to non-existent updates due to blur. You are a hardware company, wow people with your hardware, not your laggy blur

  • Patchy the Pirate

    Limited Motoblur??? The only *improvement* motorola could make to motoblur, would be to allow the end user to actually REMOVE it. It is buggy laggy bloat that makes their phones difficult to update. Just ask the cliq xt users still on android 1.5 cupcake. No thanks, no more blur, I already had a cliq 1,

    …. motorola, people loved the original droid it was great with stock android. Just think with stock android, how fast you could update the phone and buy back some of the bad rep your company has for slow to non-existent updates due to blur. You are a hardware company, wow people with your hardware, not your laggy blur

  • Patchy the Pirate

    Limited Motoblur??? The only *improvement* motorola could make to motoblur, would be to allow the end user to actually REMOVE it. It is buggy laggy bloat that makes their phones difficult to update. Just ask the cliq xt users still on android 1.5 cupcake. No thanks, no more blur, I already had a cliq 1,

    …. motorola, people loved the original droid it was great with stock android. Just think with stock android, how fast you could update the phone and buy back some of the bad rep your company has for slow to non-existent updates due to blur. You are a hardware company, wow people with your hardware, not your laggy blur

  • Patchy the Pirate

    Limited Motoblur??? The only *improvement* motorola could make to motoblur, would be to allow the end user to actually REMOVE it. It is buggy laggy bloat that makes their phones difficult to update. Just ask the cliq xt users still on android 1.5 cupcake. No thanks, no more blur, I already had a cliq 1,

    …. motorola, people loved the original droid it was great with stock android. Just think with stock android, how fast you could update the phone and buy back some of the bad rep your company has for slow to non-existent updates due to blur. You are a hardware company, wow people with your hardware, not your laggy blur

  • Patchy the Pirate

    Limited Motoblur??? The only *improvement* motorola could make to motoblur, would be to allow the end user to actually REMOVE it. It is buggy laggy bloat that makes their phones difficult to update. Just ask the cliq xt users still on android 1.5 cupcake. No thanks, no more blur, I already had a cliq 1,

    …. motorola, people loved the original droid it was great with stock android. Just think with stock android, how fast you could update the phone and buy back some of the bad rep your company has for slow to non-existent updates due to blur. You are a hardware company, wow people with your hardware, not your laggy blur

  • Patchy the Pirate

    Limited Motoblur??? The only *improvement* motorola could make to motoblur, would be to allow the end user to actually REMOVE it. It is buggy laggy bloat that makes their phones difficult to update. Just ask the cliq xt users still on android 1.5 cupcake. No thanks, no more blur, I already had a cliq 1,

    …. motorola, people loved the original droid it was great with stock android. Just think with stock android, how fast you could update the phone and buy back some of the bad rep your company has for slow to non-existent updates due to blur. You are a hardware company, wow people with your hardware, not your laggy blur

  • Patchy the Pirate

    Limited Motoblur??? The only *improvement* motorola could make to motoblur, would be to allow the end user to actually REMOVE it. It is buggy laggy bloat that makes their phones difficult to update. Just ask the cliq xt users still on android 1.5 cupcake. No thanks, no more blur, I already had a cliq 1,

    …. motorola, people loved the original droid it was great with stock android. Just think with stock android, how fast you could update the phone and buy back some of the bad rep your company has for slow to non-existent updates due to blur. You are a hardware company, wow people with your hardware, not your laggy blur

  • akidnamedantwon

    phone would be great if it featured the same blur from the droid 2

  • Granpie

    I think my old wive will like this one. It has big keys that she can read without glasses. And she won’t know the difference between motoblur or sense. Besides the keyboard looks like grand-kids sticky fingers proof.