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Review of Motorola's CLIQ 2 for T-Mobile USA - inexpensively powerful

Review by Michael Oryl on Monday January 24, 2011.

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Browser browser: 4 of 5 score

The CLIQ 2 has the the required components for a good web browsing phone. It has a large 3.7-inch display with WVGA resolution, a full QWERTY keyboard, and Android 2.2 with Adobe Flash support that is powered by a 1GHz processor. And while it feels slightly sluggish once in a while, it generally lives up to expectations.

The browser features good zooming control with either a multi-touch gesture, a double tap, or manual zoom controls. The text is sharp and easy to read, and the pages it renders look almost exactly like those you'd see on a desktop computer - only smaller. Why Motorola didn't build a good bookmark home screen widget for it, though, is beyond me.

Camera camera: 3 of 5 score

T-Mobile's Motorola CLIQ 2 comes equipped with a 5 megapixel camera that features a dual-LED for low-light situations. The camera takes pretty pleasing shots both with and without the flash, and it has a solid user interface to go along with it. The photos don't look overly sharp and the colors seem well balanced. Video support on the camera is limited to 720 x 480 pixel resolution, though, which will disappoint all of the HD fanatics out there.

I like Motorola's gallery application since it is both well organized and pretty to look at. I especially like the landscape mode's ribbon view, which lets you quickly skim across all of the photos or video clips on the phone.

Music music: 4 of 5 score

Considering that it has been around since the CLIQ XT was introduced, it is a real surprise that Motorola only seems to offer its wonderful Connected Media Player application on CLIQ devices. The CMP is a great application that not only plays music, but also shows synchronized lyrics, accesses streaming radio stations, and can find related YouTube videos. It sets the standard in terms of stock Android smartphone music players. It's not as polished and visually appealing as the iPhone's iTunes player, but it offers far more functionality. The CLIQ 2's CMP also offers up an FM radio, which requires the use of a wired 3.5mm headset to act as its antenna.

Battery battery: 3 of 5 score

The CLIQ 2 features a 1390mAh battery that is expected to provide nearly 8 hours of talk time or up to 13 days of standby time. In my experience the CLIQ 2, which comes with Motorola's battery manager application, has no problem making it through a solid day of use, and can survive for two work days if treated carefully.

Reviewer Spin spin: 3 of 5 score

The Motorola CLIQ 2 is a fantastic update to the original CLIQ, offering all of the expected features of old with a shiny new coat of varnish. The CLIQ 2 is faster, offers a far better display, and simply outclasses the original in nearly every way.

What it lacks, though, is HD video recording and HSPA+ data speeds. But considering its $100 price point, it's still a good value for T-Mobile subscribers looking for an Android QWERTY smartphone. The problem is that the HTC-built T-Mobile G2 is also available for that price and offers a sexier design and a sleeker looking user interface.

Which you prefer will come down to taste and priorities. There are worse things that having options, though.

You'll find a gallery of photos shot with the Motorola CLIQ 2, as well as a sample video, on the following page.

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Michael Oryl
Michael is the Philadelphia based owner and former editor-in-chief of MobileBurn.com. You can follow him on Twitter as @MichaelOryl

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