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Review: Motorola Cliq 2

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The Cliq 2 uses the same version of Motoblur found on other recent Motorola Android handsets. It has seven home screens for user customization, and tons of content that can be used to populate that real estate.

Out of the box, Motorola and T-Mobile have dumped apps, widgets and shortcuts onto six of the seven home screens, leaving only one completely blank. It can all be deleted and rearranged to suit individual tastes. Once you've navigated to one of the far home screens, pressing the Home key takes you back to the central home screen.

The re-sizable widgets continue to be a great feature of Motoblur. This lets the end user control the size and shape of widgets. This is especially helpful when you're trying to conserve screen real estate. There are widgets for Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, as well as a widget that combines features of all three social networking services. Other widgets are available for the media player, weather apps, contacts app, RSS feeds, settings, and so on.

One thing that Motorola has added is support for different home screen profiles. There are three basic profiles offered out of the box: Home, Work, Weekend. Motorola's versions of these three profiles change up the wallpaper and default apps/widgets on each of the home screens. Each profile can be edited in its own way, allowing users to create up to three distinct home screen environments for their Cliq 2. The entire concept resembles HTC's "Scenes". (Personally, I like the entire concept of the "Weekend" profile.)

Once you move past the home screens, the Cliq 2 looks like any other Android 2.2 phone.

 

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