Motorola has officially released Cliq, its first Google Android mobile device, and will be available in T-Mobile this coming fall. No introduction price set yet. It will come in 2 colors – winter white and titanium.
Specs: it measures 4.49 inches tall by 2.28 inches wide by 0.62 inch thick and weighs 5.6 ounces. With 3.1-inch HVGA touch screen, a 320×480 pixel resolution and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard as well as a soft keyboard. It’s OS will run Android 1.5 Cupcake with access to Google’s various services, including Google Maps with Street View, Google Voice Search, Picasa, and GTalk. The smartphone supports a number e-mail clients, such as Yahoo, Windows Live, and other POP3 and IMAP services, and syncs with Microsoft Exchange, including calendar. The QuickOffice Suite is also onboard for document viewing.
The quad-band Cliq is 3G-capable and offers a full HTML Google browser, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. Multimedia features come in the form of a 5-megapixel camera with video recording capabilities and a built-in music and video player. The smartphone also comes preloaded with the Amazon MP3 Store, a dedicated YouTube app, Shazam, Last.fm, and Imeem. Rated talk time is 6 hours and up to 13.5 hours of standby time.
Verdict: While loaded with so many features, it won’t stand out from any other smartphones available in the market today. There’s nothing really unique about Cliq. In short, it’s just a me-too product with nothing to boast. The only saving feature perhaps is its MotoBlur user interface which syncs information from different sources, such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and your personal and work e-mail accounts, and automatically streams updates to your home screen.