24 Hours with the Cliq 2.1 Update

I think the chief complaint behind companies who insist on having the own software overtop Android, be it Blur, Sense, or TouchWiz, is the delay in updates. Here I am, probably only a few short weeks, a month at most away from seeing Gingerbread Stock on my Nexus (I’m guessing – that’s not fact) and there are phones out just now getting 2.1! It’s already been decided that many of those phone will never see “official” 2.2, though we have clearly see that when there is a will, there is a Froyo.

The 2.1 update is still significant. It bring a broader Market access, native battery data, native task management, and tons more. So when the file for 2.1 arrived on the Moto website, I was finally able to bring my wife out of the dark ages. Since nearly every non-stock update has had one issue or another, I kept an eye on it for the last 24 hours – here’s my report.

Immediately upon reboot, you can see the graphical enhancements. The Blur menus have all been touched up and are looking nice. Not so many flat colors and sharp edges, but softer tones and curves that make it easier on the eyes. The window notifier at the top has been replaced with the DroidX-esque iconography for switching homescreens. Swiping between screens is nice and smooth, and the updated Blur widgets are pretty snappy. Out of common sense, I haven’t tried a Live Wallpaper, though that has more to to with the screen quality and the processor than the software. In comparison, the update actually causes the device to run smoother than my Motorola Charm, which came out with 2.1 preloaded. While this is still technically a beta, it’s a solid beta, though not without flaws.

There’s very little about the base package that I did not like, but the update did cause me to slightly soften my opinion of Blur. When you leave the base package, however, things change slightly. Some of my daily driver apps, like Last.FM would no longer allow me to login, though I expect this is more of a developer problem than a manufacturer one.

This is the kind of improvement that will make phones like the Cliq usable until it’s time for a handset upgrade. It’s not the fastest phone on the market, but the update offers a significant overall performance boost. And, who knows, now that a legit 2.1 is here maybe the Moto Modders will put out some 100% functional ROMs to support it. CM5 for Cliq anyone?

  • Darkseider

    Oh for the love of God PLEASE release this for the Backflip already so I can get my wife off my ass! It’s the same damned hardware in a different form factor! Any day now Motorola… any day now….

  • Any idea if they actually put geolocation of photos back in with this release, or is that still non-functional in Motorola’s camera application?

  • victor gonzalez

    how do i update my cliq????

  • Frank

    I was able to download the update during the small window of opportunity this past Friday & have had a chance to play around with it all weekend. To make a long story short its worth the upgrade. Makes the Cliq feel modern & not like an antique. I don’t feel it makes it any faster unfortunately but at the least does make it fun again. This still doesn’t change my mind on Motorola or how they have left the Cliq community down for so long. Of course no more Moto in my future. It does have a few bugs but not enough to make your phone frustrating to use. Its fine for day to day usage and the new Motoblur features are welcoming. I’m sorry for not getting into detail on the new features or general use of the update. The list would be to long to even start on. One thing I will say is that they’re are more PROS than cons. If you do have a chance to download it I say go for it! Enjoy and best wishes my Cliq comrades. 🙂

  • spliff721

    I have been following motos website for months, and the one week I don’t check in, they relase a limmited test update. I searched the web and couldn’t find it, till I thought aabout p2p. The DL is available on demonoid.com. its super easy to install, and the pros deffinatly outweigh the cons. The turn by turn navigation is worth it alone