Motorola hopes new Android phone will Cliq with users

Motorola hopes new Android phone will Cliq with users

Summary: Motorola announced the Motorola Cliq today at GigaOM's Mobilize '09. The phone will be carried in the US by T-Mobile in time for the holiday season. In early 2010 it will roll out to European customers under the name "Dext". Previously the phone was known under the code name "Morrison". Dubbed "the first phone with social skills", Cliq/Dext is based on Android 1.5 plus the new MotoBlur service.

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Motorola took the wraps off the first of a line of new Android-based phones today at GigaOM's Mobilize '09 event. Called the Motorola Cliq, the phone will be carried in the US by T-Mobile in time for the holiday season. In early 2010 it will roll out to European customers under the name Dext. Previously the phone was known under the code name "Morrison" and the model number MB300.

Contrary to persistent rumors, the Cliq will be based on Android 1.5 (Cupcake), the same operating system that powers the Hero, MyTouch3G, and every other Android phone on the market at this time. Of course, future Android patches and updates will be available via over-the-air updates.

Features:

  • 320x480 pixel, 3.1 inch HVGA capacitive screen (187 dpi)
  • Qualcomm MSM 7200A processor @ 528 MHz
  • 5.0 Megapixel auto-focus camera
  • QWERTY keyboard (side slider)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Dual-mic noise cancellation
  • Proximity sensor and accelerometer
  • WCDMA 900/1700/2100, GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps (Category 7/8), EDGE, GPRS Class 12, AGPS
  • MicroSD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • Microsoft Exchange support
  • Bundled apps: QuickOffice, Accuweather, Amazon Music, imeem, Shazam, LastFM
  • 5.6 oz (163 grams)
  • 2.28 x 4.49 x 0.62 inches (114 x 58 x 15.6mm)
  • 1420mAh lithium polymer battery (6 hours continuous use/13.5 days standby)
  • MicroUSB 2.0 connector (also used for charging)

Motorola is putting their own stamp on the Android experience with a new integrated service called "MotoBlur". MotoBlur syncs personal and work email and contacts and supports social networks like MySpace, FaceBook, and Twitter, plus Microsoft Exchange. The service is paired with a personalized home screen that runs on the phone featuring status and messaging widgets, RSS feeds, and other features. Motorola plans a whole line of MotoBlur-enabled phones based on Android over the next 18-20 months. A Flash-based simulator of MotoBlur is available on the Motorola web site if you'd like to try it out.

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  • Charger?

    I'd like all cell phone articles to list what type of connector is used to charge the phone. Mini USB, Micro USB, or something proprietary? I've heard cell phone makers for the European market have agreed to voluntarily begin using Micro USB on *all* their phones starting in 2010. I'm hoping this common-sense approach makes it to the U.S. soon, and highlighting the connector type in *all* articles should make this more than just an afterthought. Imagine having one charger for all your phones....
    bmgoodman
    • It uses a MicroUSB 2.0 connector

      The Cliq/Dext/Morrison uses a MicroUSB 2.0 high-speed connector which is also used for charging. So you may get your wish after all. I've updated the article.
      Ed Burnette
  • RE: Motorola hopes new Android phone will Cliq with users

    I like what I read in the article, but I have to ask how this will hold up to a couple drops on the floor? I have to have a sturdy phone as most of us do, we do drop them. I actually had a similar version of this and it broke in 2 pieces when I dropped it. Warranty is good, but info lost is not.

    Thanks,

    Charles Prince
    Vice President,
    Instinct Marketing
    Charles Prince
  • Hopefully you can save Applications on the SD card...

    otherwise the 32gb SD is not of much use. Google has yet to correct this issue on any other Android phone.


    I know you can root your phone and install software to do this, but that is not a very good way for your average user to do it.



    mrlinux