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Motorola DEXT review

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Motorola DEXT
Motorola DEXT
Motorola DEXT
Motorola DEXT
Motorola DEXT

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The Motorola DEXT currently has an Informr score of 8.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 11 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

After suffering the slings and arrows from tech critics for perhaps riding too long on the success of the now iconic Razr flip phone, Motorola has bounced back with the Cliq, and it has won over many critics, receiving impressive ratings and nods of approval.

The Motorola Cliq occupies an interesting place in the heavily stratified world of cell phones; it is neither a basic phone nor a smartphone. And in this middle position, it shines quite well.

For folks who want a pocket tech companion that can take excellent pictures, interact easily with friends on social media sites, offer extensive personalization options, the Motorola Cliq is worth a serious look.

In addition to a full QWERTY keyboard that offers contoured keys a step above many others, the Android-powered Cliq also boasts a 3.1 inch capacitive touch screen display, providing a second direct way to interact with this phone. The display rolls in with a 320 x 480 pixel resolution display, which is very good for a phone in this category. It means images will be crisp, colors will be vibrant, and it will be easy on your eyes.

Add a 528MHz processor, and you have the kind of power needed to power apps without much drag or delay, and the ability to enjoy multiple apps running simultaneously.

Oh, and did I mention the 5MP camera? Yup! And it has digital zoom, Geo tagging (which allows you to tell folks where the photo was taken), white balance (which adds clarity) and a variety of effects. It also has a competent video recorder, too, so lots of fun capturing special moments.

Rounding out the better features there is stereo Bluetooth 2.0, microSD memory expansion and the always appreciated 3.5mm jack input which allows you to listen to music with your favorite headphones.

The Motorola Cliq does a great job squeezing into a category that is far more than a simple phone, but not meant to be a full-blown smartphone. And it ends up in a happy place I think many customers will very much appreciate.

Operating system
Operating system
528 MHz
528 MHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
5+ MP
5+ MP
1420 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...

CellPhone Signal
CellPhone Signal

The Motorola Cliq is the third Android phone in T-Mobile’s lineup. Thanks to a highly customizable user interface and an ambitious Motoblur service, which puts all your social networks, the Cliq is a great smart phone. With a 5-megapixel camera, 3.5mm headphone jack, and a comfortable keyboard...

- T-marco, CellPhone Signal

When we held the Motorola CLIQ in the traditional position callers were very pleased with the sound quality, rating us at an 8.5, but just a slight movement, such as pinning the phone between our ear and shoulder with no hands, and quality significantly dropped.  To us callers sounded very good...

- PhoneArena Team, PhoneArena
Phone Scoop
Phone Scoop

If you're a social networking butterfly and have an appetite for a constant stream of information flowing to the home screen of your phone, the CLIQ, from Motorola, could possibly be the phone for you. It marries a popular form factor with Android and the new MOTOBLUR platform, which delivers all yo...

- Eric M. Zeman, Phone Scoop

Spending time with the Cliq, Motorola's first phone running Google's Android OS is like spinning doughnuts in a funny car for hours. It's thrilling and a little dizzying, but for those without an iron constitution it can be a little tumultuous on the tummy.The Cliq is a phone designed for social net...

- Priya Ganapati , Wired

Palm and Motorola have taken very different paths to get where they are today; one began life as a scrappy Valley start-up founded by a tablet computing pioneer, the other traces its roots to all the way back to the early days of consumer electronics and the automotive industry. Yet somehow, through...

- Chris Ziegler, Engadget

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Motorola backs up the DEXT with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your DEXT has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Motorola support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Motorola's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The Motorola DEXT's screen size is 3.1 inches with x pixels resolution.

528 MHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM7201A 528 MHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ MP camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

256 MB

Internal memory is 256 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1420 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 13.5 days standby time.

Motorola DEXT Specs

Release Date September 10, 2009
Regions Available USA, Canada
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm MSM7201A 528 MHz
Internal Storage 256 MB
RAM 256 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.11 W/kg
Body: 1.07 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.0
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/i
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
5+ Megapixels
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
QVGA (320 x 240 pixels), 25 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 3.1 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1420 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to 13.5 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Slider
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.4 x 5.8 x 1.6 cm (4.5 x 2.3 x 0.6 in)
Weight 163 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers No
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type QWERTY
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Messaging: SMS, EMS, MMS, IM
ROM: 512MB
Graphics: Yes
Backlit Illumination: Yes
Zoom / Magnification: Yes
Predictive Text Entry: Yes
Voicemail Key: Yes
Multiple Numbers Per Contact:
Auto Answer: Yes
Voice Activated Dialing: Yes
Photo Caller ID: Yes
Web Browser: Yes
Email Client: Yes
PC Synchronization: Yes
Audio Formats: MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WAV
Video Playback Formats: 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Custom Ringtones: No
Vibration Alert: Yes
Downloadable Ringtones: Yes
Ringer ID: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Viewable document types: DOC, PPT, RTF, TXT, XLS
Games: Downloadable
Apps: Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps: -
To-Do / Task List, Calendar, World Clock, Alarm, Timer, Calculator, Weather, Maps, Voice Memos / Recorder

Other Names (AKA): Motorola MB200, Motorola Morrison, CLIQ

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