- Eric M. Zeman , Phone Scoop
It is the fastest, most responsive Blur phone I've used to date.
For those of you who weren’t impressed with the original Cliq, with its thickness and slider design, you may want to check out the XT model. The Cliq XT eliminates the slider completely and relies on its touchscreen exclusively.
That said, how good is the touchscreen? Well, it’s pretty good. It’s the curtains and remaining space usage I have a problem with.
For example, Motorola takes a quality touchscreen and surrounds it with a bezel that somehow makes the screen look smaller, less impressive. Moreover, the D-pad is an awkward not-quite-a-square-but-not-really-a-circle look. That is not a good look.
On the bright side, the phone is responsive and thinner than its predecessor. Running Motoblur on top of Android 1.5, which allows the user to have some fun with widget customization and home screen personalization. Blur’s Happenings, for example, provides a constant real-time live stream of your Twitter and Facebook updates. Further along this social networking thought is how the Cliq XT offers a master inbox that stores your texts, MMS’s and IM messages.
The Cliq XT also offers Bluetooth 2.0, a good camera and video record ability, along with Wi-Fi, FM radio, 3.5mm head phone input, and other very useful features.
It all works well, and appears to be targeted to social networking fans. The problem, however, is that Motorola enhanced the very features on a phone that would have benefited by a full QWERTY keyboard, which has been abandoned on this model.
You’ll have to ultimately judge this one. It’s tricky. I will say that Motorola has seemed much more coherent and focused on some of its other models than it has on the Cliq XT.
The bottom line on this phone is what YOU think and how YOU feel when interacting with it. After all, isn’t that really all that matters in the end?