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Review: Motorola CLIQ

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Android Market

Yep, the Android Market is still alive and bustling. It is far more robust now than when it first launched in 2008. There are now about 10,000 applications to take advantage of. Many of them improve upon the features of the CLIQ and Android. According to Google, carrier billing support is on the way, so you won't have to rely on your credit card to pay for apps. One nice application that is pre-loaded is QuickOffice. That's a $40 piece of software and it lets you not only open, but edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files.

Bluetooth

The CLIQ has Bluetooth and supports stereo headphones. Pairing was a snap with any sort of headset. Sound quality was good, but not super fantastic. It is worth pointing out that Android does not support a number of other Bluetooth protocols, such as PBA for integration with advanced car kits, no OPP, no FTP. It is a shame that these protocols aren't included yet.

Clock

Out of the box, the CLIQ does away with one of my favorite Android home screen features: the clock. Seriously, the nice analog clock that's included on Android phones is gone. Instead, the home screen is littered with Updates, Happenings and Messages. However, if you want to check the time quickly, the CLIQ lets you do that. When the phone is asleep, press any button and a nice large digital read out of the time is displayed at the bottom of the screen. Alternately, you can dig up the old-fashioned clock and add it to the home screens, though it won't fit with all the MOTOBLUR stuff that's on the central home screen.

GPS

The CLIQ has GPS and is married closely to Google's Maps for Mobile product. Maps works fantastically in the Android operating system. It was able to pinpoint my exact location within 15 seconds. It has Latitude, the new location-sharing feature built-in, as well. This lets you see where all your friends are on the map. The feature is opt-in, meaning users have to agree to use it. T-Mobile and Motorola were sure to throw in TeleNav GPS Navigator, too. But that costs money.

Social Networking

The CLIQ is a social networking phone, plain and simple. If this device doesn't satisfy your need to feel connected and important, you have other issues that need to be addressed.

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