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,
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
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