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Review: Motorola CLIQ

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Browser

Android's default web browser is based on WebKit and can render full HTML web sites. The browser is very capable and looks really good on the CLIQ's screen. Other than the baked-in T-Mobile web2go home portal, I didn't notice any other T-Mobile or Motorola customized features.

You can use your finger to navigate around web pages, or use the D-pad to pan about them. You can zoom in and out, and perform basic browsing with the phone in portrait or landscape orientation. You can also perform pinching gestures to zoom the browser in and out.

A quick press of the menu key opens up a dock with most of the navigation items you expect, such as Go, Bookmarks, Windows, Refresh, Forward, and more. There is a full list of settings that let you customize how the browser operates (such as enabling / disabling JavaScript, managing passwords and privacy and more). The options are quite extensive.

My favorite feature is that the browser lets you open multiple windows at a time. This lets you jump around between different web sites quickly. The browser also supports Google's MyLocation feature, which will help provide local results when you perform searches.

One thing I'll say, with the CLIQ, browsing speeds were abysmal over EDGE. Since I was barely ever able to connect to T-Mobile's 3G network, I can't say we were ever able to give it a full test here. When I switched on Wi-Fi, browsing speeds were much improved.

 

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Customize

You can customize the CLIQ about as much as you can customize any rich phone platform. Wallpapers and ringtones are easily altered. You can rearrange all of the menu items, clutter up the home screen with icons and more.

There are pretty robust ways to control the security of the CLIQ, how applications are managed, how the microSD slot is managed, how data is synchronized, how location information is reported and on and on.

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