Motorola Cliq XT reviewed

The Motorola Backflip was a flop, but does Moto make it right with the Motorola Cliq XT for T-Mobile? CNET reviews the new Android phone.

As the saying goes, never judge a book by its cover. That's certainly true of the upcoming Motorola Cliq XT for T-Mobile.

Announced at Mobile World Congress 2010, the XT might be quickly dismissed by some people as a slight revamp of the Motorola Cliq, but we think that's a bit of a disservice to the device. After all, the smartphone offers a sleeker design with a capable onscreen keyboard courtesy of Swype, a more full-featured and connected media player, and, thankfully, better performance than the Motorola Backflip. There are issues, of course, but we found much more to like than to dislike about the Cliq XT. It's a nice alternative for customers who want something sleeker than the Cliq and can do without a physical keyboard, but this is all contingent on pricing.

As of this writing, T-Mobile has not released pricing or a specific availability date for the Motorola Cliq XT, though we do know it will be sometime in March. The Moto Cliq currently goes for $149.99 with a two-year contract, so if the XT is similarly priced or lower ($99.99 would be the sweet spot), we think it'll be a good choice for TMO's younger customers. We'll let you know as soon as we get the final details, but in the meantime, if you want a sneak peek of what to expect, read our full review of the Motorola Cliq XT.

About the author

Bonnie Cha was a former chief correspondent for CNET Crave, covering every kind of tech toy imaginable (with a special obsession for robots and Star Wars-related stuff). When she's not scoping out stories, you can find her checking out live music or surfing in the chilly waters of Northern California.


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