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Review: Motorola Cliq 2

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The Cliq 2 carries over the solid camera software that has been on several of Motorola's Blur handsets lately. It opens reasonably fast whether you press the dedicated camera key or opt for the software button on the screen.

Once it comes to life, the display shows a focusing box in the center used for framing shots (no touch-to-focus), and there is a drawer/shade on the right side. When opened, the drawer offers easy access to the camera's controls and settings. The lists are plain and limited (fewer advanced controls), but they make sense. They let the user get in, adjust what they want quickly, and get back to picture-taking.

The camera offers autofocus and takes about a second to focus before snapping the shot. The picture is saved and the review screen lasts about two seconds before reverting automatically to capture mode. This is great. I hate it when cameras leave you stranded on the review screen and you have to press a button to get back to the viewfinder.

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The gallery is a simple one, and uses mostly stock Android tools. Photos are arranged into piles based on where they are stored (phone memory, memory card, Picasa, etc.) or when they were taken. Opening any of the galleries requires a simple tap. Users can swipe through photos on their own, or start a slide show. The slide show offers a pretty good set of features, including control over transitions, speed, and shuffling.

As far as editing features go, the Cliq 2 offers a ton of ways to adjust images. Users can make a wide range of edits, including alterations to brightness, contrast, color, effects, cropping, rotating, clip art, text, frames, and more.

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