The Motorola CLIQ was a prophet, hinting at the future… It told us Schaumburg was coming back to life. It told us that Android was the new lifeblood pulsing through Motorola’s veins. The Motorola Droid was the messiah, securing its title as Motorola’s comeback device!
So what of the CLIQ now? Eclipsed by the Droid a mere 2 months after being born, is it completely irrelevant or is it a worthy phone in its own right? After weeks of requesting a CLIQ review unit (since Mobilize), the people at T-Mobile finally obliged. Better late than never, I guess :)
Android 1.5, a slower processor, and a smaller screen put the CLIQ square into the “first generation” device category. It features the same form factor as the T-Mobile G1, but with a 5 megapixel camera and a standard audio connector.
Unfortunately, instead of serving standard Android, Motorola decided to use BLUR, a custom user interface… I recently wrote:
Frankly, this user interface fragmentation is a shame. Standard Android is fine – just ask the phenomenal Motorola Droid! Why bother with a custom look and feel?