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Review: Motorola CLIQ XT

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The Cliq XT is a much better Motoblur device than either the Cliq or the Backflip. It's still not perfect, mind you, but the software has shown some serious and notable improvements.

First and foremost, the phone's menu performance exceeded my expectations. It is the fastest, most responsive Blur phone I've used to date. That's a big help. Coming in a close second is the improved battery life. The Cliq XT lasts much longer than either the Cliq or Backflip did, and that makes it much easier to recommend. The improved music experience made me happy (well, happier), but I might have preferred improved camera functionality. Solid phone and internet performance don't hurt, either.

There are still a few drawbacks, though. The Cliq XT is saddled with the oldest version of Android being installed on new devices. Version 1.5 is better than 1.0 and 1.1 were, but Android 2.0 and 2.1 are already on devices in the market and offer a lot more functionality.

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There is also the matter of the hardware. I am not a super big fan of the materials and smaller screen size, though for the price point, I am sure many users will set these complaints aside.

If you're on the T-Mobile network, I'd say the Cliq XT is a solid entry-level Android phone to snag.


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