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Review: Motorola Cliq 2

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The Cliq 2 is a worthy successor to the original Cliq. It improves every feature from top to bottom. The hardware is bigger and heavier, but much more sturdily designed and constructed. The added screen real estate and doubled screen resolution go a long way to making the overall Cliq 2 experience much better. Perhaps the only hardware fault is the goofy keyboard design.

Motorola's MotoBlur user interface overlay has come a long way since it first debuted on the original Cliq. The adjustable widgets are great, as are the added profiles for altering home screen settings. This handset is highly adjustable to suit individual tastes.

In performance tests, the phone, signal, and battery all did well. Motorola made some modest - but still appreciated - improvements to the Android media experience. The camera software is easy to use and the camera itself produces consistently good images.

The mobile hotspot feature performs as advertised, though slightly faster speeds would have been better. The Wi-Fi calling app falls short of its potential and makes me wonder why T-Mobile bothered to include it (especially since there is no economic incentive for customers to use it).

In the end, the Cliq 2 is a solid Android phone that gets the basics right. Aside from the abnormal QWERTY, it's a powerful phone that will make plenty of users happy.

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