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First Look: Motorola Cliq XT - silver (T-Mobile)

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First Look: Motorola Cliq XT - silver (T-Mobile)

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The Motorola Cliq XT is a nice alternative to the original Cliq, offering a sleeker design and enhanced multimedia capabilities.

[ Music ] >> Bonnie Cha: Hi. I'm Bonnie Cha, Senior Editor at CNET.com here with your first look of the Motorola Cliq XT. This is Moto's fifth Android device in the U.S., and it's headed to T-Mobile. T-Mobile also has the original Cliq, and some of you might be thinking that the XT is just a slight revamp of that device, but there's much more to it than that. The most noticeable difference is that the Cliq XT doesn't have a physical keyboard. This, obviously, makes the phone sleeker and easier to carry in a pant pocket if you feel like. Below the display, you've got the standard Android buttons. Home, menu, back, and search, but Motorola also added a navigation touch pad that lets you scroll through different screens and select menu items. It's useful when you're trying to select links on a web page, but most other times I just use the touch screen. The screen is the same as the Cliq and the Motorola Back, Backflip. It measures 3.1 inches diagonally and has an HWVA resolution. Not as sharp as some of the high-end devices but still bright and sharp. I do have a problem, though, with it being on the smaller side. It would have been nice if the display were at least 3.5 inches because right now everything looks a bit squished, and text can look pretty small on here. It also makes the on-screen keyboard pretty cramped, but the good news is that you're not restricted to just pecking away at the keys. The Cliq XT also has a Swype keyboard, which we first saw on the Samsung Omnia II. Swype lets you compose words by dragging your finger from letter to letter instead of punching each button individually. Now, I know it sounds weird, and I was definitely skeptical at first, too, but it actually works and is really accurate. It takes a little getting used to, and longer words can be a bit difficult, but after about a day or two, I completely switched over to Swype instead of using the standard Android keyboard because it's faster and easier. So try both, and see what works for you. As far as features, the Cliq XT is running MotoBlur software and Android 1.5. Obviously, we wish this smartphone was running a more current version of Android, but Moto says it will be upgradeable to Android 2.1 sometime in Q2. You get core apps so such as Gmail, Google Talk, Google Maps, and YouTube. Our review unit also came preloaded with some extras like TeleNav, GPS Navigator, Shazam, and Slacker, but you can always download more from the Android market. One of the hands function on the Cliq XT is the music player. From what's in the player can now stream music from ShoutCast Radio, identify songs with FoundTown, and search and view music videos on YouTube are GoTV. There's also TuneWiki community, which includes several tools like Music Maps where you can see what other people are listening to around your current location or other major cities. I really like it because it's a cool way to discover new music, and then you can buy tracks or share recommendations right from one spot. So I hope this is something that Motorola might include in all of its Android devices. Other highlights of the phone include a five megapixel camera, and I took really awesome photos. Good call quality, and an excellent speaker system. Has all your wireless options including WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 3G, and the phone was also pretty snappy. Not super fast, but it definitely didn't have any of those performance issues like the Motorola Backflip. All in all, the Cliq XT is a really solid device, and probably geared a little bit more for the younger crowd. T-Mobile hasn't released pricing or a specific release date right now, but we'll update our full review with all the final details [music] as soon as we get them. So check back in. I am Bonnie Cha. This has been your first look at the Motorola Cliq XT for T-Mobile. [ Music ]

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