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Review: Motorola CLIQ

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If you're a connected user, the CLIQ has you covered. In fact, the CLIQ has you smothered. With MOTOBLUR, messaging is built directly into several key aspects of the phone. Obviously, as discussed, on the home screen. Beyond that, BLUR integrates tightly with all your contacts. This means when you open your contacts app and look at any given contact, you'll see the latest message they've sent you or some of their latest status updates. No matter where you go, you can't help but see Twitter and Facebook updates.

The Happenings app is where it all happens, so to speak. From the Happenings app on the home screen, you can reply directly to any type of update or message via a link. You can also choose to view just Facebook updates or just Twitter updates or just MySpace updates, but this has to be done from within the Happenings application. Happenings has two separate ways it can be seen. On the home screen, it works via message cards that you swipe through from side to side to see the next message. From the main menu, it opens up a vertical stream that lets you see all the updates at once in one long continuous feed just as Twitter and Facebook do on the web. Why there's a difference, I can't say.

The Update application on the home screen lets you update one or all of your social networks at once. That's handy if you like Twitter and Facebook to be in sync.

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The Messaging app can be viewed in one long stream, or you can parse out the different types of inboxes (SMS/MMS, IM, Facebook Email, Twitter DM). It takes a while to get used to how it works, but can be good to quickly scan through messages directed at just you. What's really weird is that the "Email" and the "Messaging" apps in the main menu take you to the exact same place — this integrated inbox mash-up.

As for Gmail, there's the stand-alone Android application for that. On the instant messaging front, Google Talk is built in, as is support for AIM, Windows Live and Yahoo. These are all no different than on any other Android phone. If you want, corporate email supported.

The CLIQ offers so many different angles to reach out to people, it takes a while to get used to. After several days, though, you'll learn to use it in a way that makes sense for you.


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