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PHOTOVIEW: Motorola Dext / Motorola Cliq Android Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 25.11.09 - 18:04:06 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 15246x
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While the Motorola Droid / Motorola Milestone isn't Motorola's first Android smartphone, it gets all the attention. However, the title of being Motorola's first Android smartphone deserves the Motorola Cliq / Motorola Dext, Motorola unveiled early September. The Motorola Cliq (for North America) / Motorola Dext (for Europe and Latin America) is a slider phone with software and a 4-row hardware keyboard that still runs on Android 1.5 (Cupcake). It features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as triband UMTS/HSDPA at 900/1700/2100 MHz as well as Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, WiFi b/g, aGPS, a compass, proximity sensor and an ambient light sensor.

The 3.1" touchscreen supports the Android 1.5-typical HVGA (320 x 480) only, however the autofocus camera features 5 megapixel. At a size of 114x58x15.6 mm, the Motorola Cliq / Motorola Dext weights 163 grams.

Unlike the first Android smartphones but typical for the latest generation of Androids (like the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, Acer Liquid and Motorola Droid / Motorola Milestone), the Dext / Cliq doesn't features a front-facing D-pad nor does it have any call buttons. It only sports the Android-required home, menu and back buttons. However, on the left side - above the volume up/down rocker - the Dext / Cliq has a sound on/off switch (similar to Palm smartphones) while on the right side, the device sports the screen unlock key and a dedicated camera key. Typical for the latest smartphones, the Dext / Cliq features micro USB for charging as well as a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack on top of the device.







In the USA, the Motorola Cliq is available exclusively with T-Mobile USA. In Europe, the Motorola Dext is available from Orange in the United Kingdom and France and Telefonica in Spain. In Latin America, the Motorola Dext is available from America Movil.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by Droid on 25.11.09 - 19:48:15

Looks good but too bad it was immediately killed after launch by the Motorola Milestone. BTW do you know why the Milestone came w/o MotoBlur? Would love to test it on my Milestone too!

Posted by Arne Hess on 26.11.09 - 09:26:32

If you have a look at a broader picture, the Dext/Cliq and and Milestone/Droid are addressing different markets. For instance in the UK, only the Dext is available (today) while in Germany, only the Milestone is available. In the US on the other hand, both - the Cliq and the Droid - are available but from different carriers with different network technologies. Not to mention, that the Dext/Cliq is cheaper than the Milestone/Droid. But I agree, they are too similar and released too close.
Regarding your question about MotoBlur for the Milestone: I don't know if it will be released later with a ROM upgrade but I was told that it was impossible in shorten of time to adopt MotoBlur for the Android 2.0 running Milestone. However, as far as I understood Motorola, MotoBlur is an important service-framework for them, so it wouldn't makes me wonder if it will be released later anyway.

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