Motorola Cliq 2: Ready for Business and Fun


Like other MotoBlur phones, you can't sync your Picasa account to the phone. This probably won't affect most people, but if you are a Picasa user (like, uh, me), this is an annoying tweak from the native Android Gallery app.


A sure sign that the Cliq 2 is all grown-up, the phone sports a 1GHz processor like many other high-end smartphones on the market. Interestingly, however, the Cliq 2 was one of the few phones announced at the Consumer Electronics Show that is not powered by a dual-core processor.

I had some trouble picking up a 4G signal in San Francisco. As we discovered when we tested the T-Mobile G2, T-Mobile's HSPA+ network is only in certain pockets of San Francisco. The PC World office in the South Park neighborhood is certainly not one of those pockets. But even 3G speeds were slow over here. Using the FCC-approved Mobile Broadband Test app, the Cliq 2 achieved download speeds of 0.99 Mbps and upload speeds of 0.32 Mpbs. This is on the slower end of the 3G spectrum. I frequently ran into network issues while I was connecting to the browser or the App Market while I was testing the phone, too.

Like other T-Mobile Android phones, the Cliq 2 can be used as a mobile hotspot, allowing you to connect up to You also get calling over Wi-Fi, as well. This worked pretty well; I was able to get my laptop, iPod and a camera connected to the network.