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Motorola DEXT review

8.8/10 AVG.

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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
528 MHz
Screen Size
5+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...

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

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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Common Questions

Motorola released the DEXT on September 10, 2009.

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Motorola DEXT user manual here.

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+ megapixel 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
Mobile / Cellular Data
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/1700/2100 MHz
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Qualcomm MSM7201A 528 MHz
Internal Storage 256 MB
RAM 256 MB
ROM 512 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 1.11 W/kg
Body: 1.07 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1420 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 13.5 days
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
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
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type QWERTY
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands No
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.0
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/i
WiFi Encryption Unknown
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
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
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, PPT, RTF, TXT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed ()
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Motorola MB200, Motorola Morrison, CLIQ

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