Motorola Cliq XT Review

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Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service, Warranty & Support
    • 9
    • Ease of Use
    • 9
    • Design
    • 10
    • Performance
    • 10
    • Value
    • 9
    • Total Score:
    • 9.40
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


  • Pros

    • Excellent voice quality
    • Great Battery Life
    • Excellent web and email experiences
  • Cons

    • microSD card slot under battery cover

Quick Take

If you're looking for a  pocketable phone that can keep you in touch with all of your friends, take a closer look at the Cliq XT.

Google Android OSThe Motorola Cliq XT is an Android OS 1.5 smartphone equipped with MotoBlur and tight integration with Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, along with several photo sharing services.

The candybar-style phone has just about everything, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a 5.0 megapixel camera.

It is currently available exclusively from T-Mobile for $130 with a two-year contract or $330 without one.


The Cliq XT is thin and sleek, roughly the same size as an iPhone or the HTC Hero, and definitely pocketable. The device is mostly black with a few silver accents around the edges and on the buttons. The back is textured in a unique triangular pattern for extra grip. It’s plastic but it feels nice in the hand.

Motorola Cliq XT for T-Mobile USAIf black is not your thing, a second back cover is included in the box. It’s smooth and purple – girly, but pretty.

The 3.1-inch HVGA (320 x 240 pixel) display on the device is absolutely gorgeous. Every little detail is crystal clear, whether you’re looking at text or photos, and video looks superb. Colors are vibrant, black is really black.

Like just about any modern device with an LCD screen, the Cliq XT fades out in bright sunlight, but the screen is still viewable. Inside, the screen can almost be too bright, especially in low light situtations.

The Cliq XT keyboard is virtual; you can either use the standard Android keyboard or SWYPE, which allows you to “type” by sliding your finger around the keys instead of pressing and releasing each on-screen letter key. I prefer the Android keyboard, but it is nice to have a choice.

Regardless of which you pick, text entry on the Cliq XT is almost effortless. There’s good feedback each time you enter a letter using the Android keyboard. I didn’t have problems with inaccuracy or mistakes, though that could partly be due to practice – I’ve often used the same keyboard when reviewing other devices.

There aren’t a lot of buttons to clutter the overall design, which is nice. On the front of the phone there are four buttons: Menu, Search, Home and Back. The navigator in the middle is touch sensitive, so you can easily navigate through menus and such. Press the center to execute the selected command.

Volume controls and the charging port are on the left side of the device, while the power switch and camera shutter button are on the right. The headphone jack is on top.

The back of the device is plain aside from the lens for a 5.0 megapixel camera. The microSD expansion card slot is under the battery cover, and cards up to 32 GB in capacity are supported.



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