With its excellent design, user interface improvements and admirable feature set, the Motorola Cliq gives a big boost to the Android OS.
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Just a few weeks after its splashy debut, Moto graced us with a review model of its first Google Android phone, the Motorola Cliq. Though our first impressions were mixed, we can report that the Cliq has a lot to offer. With its easy-to-use design, spacious keyboard, and action-packed feature set, the Cliq combines an attractive, powerful device with the customization of the Android operating system.
Moto added its own twist to the Android OS with the new MotoBlur user interface that syncs your social media, contacts, and e-mail. Though having all your information in one place is convenient, the overall effect can be overwhelming. Its performance also could be better, and the Android OS saddles the phone with a few limitations. Yet, despite those drawbacks, the Cliq proves that Android continues to evolve. It goes on sale at T-Mobile on October 19 for $199 with a service contract. For the full story, check out CNET's Cliq review.