At last, Motorola got a top class operating system for its smartphones: Their new Motorola Cliq uses Google's Android, packing 3G, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, GPS, 5 megapixel camera, and a new social networking-oriended user interface/service called Motoblur.
The Motorola Cliq—which is exclusive to T-Mobile—has the usual Android features, but it adds its own software and services, grouping it all under its own user interface. The whole thingamajig is called Motoblur.
Motoblur logs into all your different networks and accounts, from mail to Twitter to Facebook to anything in between, serving you the content in a single feed, on the phone's front page. Widgets pop up on the main screen, allowing you to respond to messages and updates with one click. It will be included in future Motorola Android-based smartphones. Here's a summary of features:
• Customizable home screen with Happenings, Status and Messaging widgets deliver status posts and more
• Customizable RSS news widgets keeps you up to date
• Messaging with Facebook, MySpace and Twitter Direct Messaging
• Address book synchs personal and work contacts, and connected social networks
• Caller ID shows caller's name, number, status and profile pic
• Photosharing in MySpace, Photobucket, Picasa, Facebook
And if your cellphone gets stolen, you can automatically restore everything in a new phone—while remotely wiping all the information from the missing one.
The 320x480-pixel 3.1-inch screen Motorola Cliq has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard with a D-pad. You know, for games. It also has a 5 megapixel camera, with autofocus and 24 and 30 frames per second video recording. They have included a 3.5mm headphone jack, as well as the usual 3G connectivity, and the obligatory integrated GPS with turn-by-turn directions.
Surprisingly, however, it doesn't seem to have Wi-Fi connectivity. On the wireless department, apart from the 3G, it only has 2.0+EDR stereo Bluetooth. Bad, Motorola, bad! That's not the only uh-oh point: It comes only with a 2GB MicroSD card as its only form of storage. Of course, you can always expand it to 32GB on your own. Maybe this will make it cheaper than the competition, but we don't know yet, as pricing has not been disclosed yet.
But don't fret: It may not have Wi-Fi or internal storage, but it will come in two colors for the holiday season, winter white and titanium. Internationally, the Motorola Cliq will be called the Moto Dext. Here I will call it Moto Lulu, just because I want to. [Motorola Cliq]
T-Mobile USA Unveils the Motorola CLIQ With MOTOBLUR
First Android™-Powered Device from Motorola Puts Social Networking Center Stage
SAN FRANCISCO - Sept. 10, 2009 - T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the upcoming availability of the Motorola CLIQ™ with MOTOBLUR™, the first Android-powered device from Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) and the first device to feature the innovative MOTOBLUR solution. The CLIQ will be available exclusively in the U.S. from T-Mobile later this fall.
Developed by Motorola, MOTOBLUR is an innovative solution that manages and integrates communications – from work e-mail to social networking activity – on your CLIQ. Updates to contacts, posts, messages, photos and more are streamed together and synced from sources including Facebook®, Twitter™, MySpace®, Gmail™, and work and personal e-mail. MOTOBLUR automatically delivers these updates to the home screenin easy-to-view streams so there is no need to open and close different mobile applications to keep up with the latest content. A 3G-capable smartphone featuring a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a full touch-screen display, the CLIQ is designed to keep the conversation moving, enabling fast messaging on the fly and easy navigation through MOTOBLUR's streams and widgets.
Cole Brodman, chief technology and innovation officer with T-Mobile USA, jointly unveiled CLIQ with MOTOBLUR today with Sanjay Jha, co-CEO of Motorola and CEO of Motorola Mobile Devices, at GigaOM'sMobilize 09 conference.
"T-Mobile's highly social and always-connected customers have a natural affinity for mobile social networking, and we're excited to feature the Motorola CLIQ with MOTOBLUR prominently in what's shaping up to be our most innovative holiday product lineup ever," Brodman said. "The CLIQ lives up to Motorola's tradition of great design and quality, and to our history of working together to create products that enhance the lives and the relationships of our customers."
Jha said, "We're pleased to announce our first Android-powered device in partnership with T-Mobile USA. Motorola CLIQ with MOTOBLUR differentiates the Android experience for consumers by being the onlysmartphone that automatically syncs conversations, contacts and content, and delivers a solution that's instinctive, social and smart."
The CLIQ expands T-Mobile's compelling lineup of Android devices and underscores T-Mobile's commitment to the open, highly customizable platform that gives developers and manufacturers the opportunity to create truly unique experiences. This continued first-mover advantage with Android lets T-Mobile customers have access to incredible innovation in the Android Market™.
The CLIQ delivers a reliable mobile Web experience by harnessing the power and speed of T-Mobile's 3G network and Wi-Fi. Additional CLIQ features include a 3.1-inch HVGA touch-screen display, a 5 megapixel auto focus camera with video capture and playback at 24 frames per second, a 3.5mm headset jack, a music player with pre-loaded Amazon MP3 store application, Shazam, iMeem Mobile, and a pre-installed 2GBmicroSD memory card with support for up to 32 GB of removable memory.
CLIQ also features multitasking capabilities and one-touch access to the Google™ mobile services millions use every day, including Google Search™ by voice, Google Maps™ with Street View, YouTube™ and Picasa™. Easy access to both personal and corporate e-mail, calendars, and contacts is supported by Exchange Server and Gmail. E-mail and contacts are also supported by Yahoo!, Windows Live Hotmail, and other POP3 and IMAP e-mail services. It also combines instant messaging support for Google Talk™, as well as AOL®, Yahoo! Messenger® and Windows Live Messenger.
T-Mobile's 3G network is currently available in 200 cities nationwide and covers more than 150 million people. By the end of 2009, T-Mobile USA expects its 3G network to be available to approximately 200 million people across the U.S.