October 31, 2014

Four Reasons Why the CLIQ Just Clicks

cliq_smMotorola’s first entry in the Android arena will be available in just a few days. You may have heard of the two main features of the MOTOBLUR software, Messages and Happenings, applications which pull updates and messages from all your sources of communication into two respective self-updating widgets. However, having the priviledge of getting an early look and feel of the handset, we at AndroidGuys want to share more of the highlights to you, our reader.
As the main difference between the CLIQ and other Android handsets is Motorola’s new custom interface, you may not be surprised to notice most of the highlights in this article are focused on BLUR. Without further ado (or bad puns), here are five standout features of the forthcoming Motorola CLIQ in no particular order:

  1. Outlook synchronization: The CLIQ will be T-Mobile’s first Android handset which supports Outlook calendar, contacts, and mail synchronization (with accounts that use Outlook Web Access).
  2. Built-in RSS Feed Widget: Faster than other RSS reader applications I’ve used, this built-in app has a very easy set-up process which will find and fill in a website’s feed URL for you if you do not know it.
  3. Better email: Yahoo fans rejoice! The email client features several updates, such as font editor, compatibility with HTML formatted emails and embedded pictures, and ability to download attachments directly within the Email application (not just through Gmail or via web browser).
  4. Hardware Design – A compact (compared to the alternative) full-qwerty slider, textured back surface, gunmetal bezel (only on black model) and raised keyboard are all subtle yet significant features which together add up to a quality handset design.
That being said, the CLIQ shows some areas of in need of improvement:
  • URL Links do not work in Messages widget
  • Further customization: selecting which networks and which people appear in Happenings
  • Deeper MOTOBLUR synchronization within handset: Photo uploading to Facebook, scrobbling to Last.fm, etc. Obviously there are applications which can do that, but why have an extra application just for one specific function?
  • Although you can send a quick response to a text message within the Messages widget, the conversation within the widget does not update as more messages come in. You have to exit and check your text message inbox again to see new messages.

These minor issues are software related and could easily be resolved should Motorola release future updates to BLUR. The CLIQ launches nationwide for T-Mobile customers on November 2nd.