Welcome to the Motorola DEXT/CLIQ review. Released early 2010 the DEXT along with MILESTONE and BACKFLIP are the latest Google Android operating system based mobile phones by by Motorola.  Using Android as the basis for their mid-range and up phones was probably one of the best moves by the company since the V3.  As a result their phones now have a consistent, stable, fast and customizable and supportable user interface as well as all the latest functionality.

The design of the DEXT and CLIQ is as a typical QWERTY slider but with touch screen functionality as well.  The design works really well when typing emails and BLOG entries.  There is absolutely nothing wrong how the phone works once you get used to the operating system.

The MOTOBLUR system does make your life easier if you want to remain connected to every major social network site on the Internet. It basically brings up ‘widgets’ for all the different networks so you can see what everyone is up to.  It does work well.  The only issue we have is that if your phone network provider has poor internet connectivity you will encounter updating issues.  Since this phone is available though OPTUS at present (2010) it is a  hit an miss when accessing the internet. I don’t like the idea of syncing with all your online data since many do not put in their up to date or correct details due to privacy concerns – especially in Facebook!

Network signal strength based on using the Optus carrier is good likewise battery life.  However like all smart phones these days the Cliq’s battery life is not exceptional reportedly lasting the usual 12 hours or so with moderate usage.  Since it seems that this is normal for this type of mobile phone it is no longer complaint worthy 2010.  However this sort of battery life is poor considering that the latest Nokia smart phones for example have at least a full 24 hours before wanting to be charged with needing a bigger capacity battery.

In terms of functionality the DEXT has the lot, everything you could need in a mobile phone in 2010.  It is a high end phone except…although well constructed it does not feel like a must have phone. It needs better looking materials or design as opposed to better quality because the quality is fine.  The Motorola V3, V3XX, V8 and V9 where lovely phones to look at and touch the DEXT is the almost the complete opposite.  I wouldn’t say it ugly – more inoffensive I guess.

There’s not much else to say really.  The DEXT has all the stuff you could want in a 3G internet connected phone.  It works really well.

Specifications

  • Motorola DEXT
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900
    Tri-band 3G 900/1700/1900/2100  (Dependent on country)
    HSDPA 7.2 Mbits data speed (download)
  • Design
    Touch screen QWERTY slider
  • 114 x W58 x D15.6 mm
    Weight 163 grams
  • Display/s
    External TFT 320 x 480
  • Camera
    5MP
  • Video Camera
    640 x 480 pixel main video camera 15FPS
    144 x 176 video call 15FPS
  • Connectivity
    Bluetooth V2
    Micro-USB
  • CPU
    Qualcomm MSM7200A 528Mhz
  • Memory
    Up to 256MB available to user
    MicroSD up to 32Gig
  • Ring tones
    MIDI, MP3, Video, vibration and others
  • Features
    Android 1.5 OS
    A-GPS
    Wi-Fi
    Motoblur integration
    Accelerometer
    Proximity sensor
    Light Sensor
    Magnetometer (Compass)
    Music and Media player
    Organiser/Calender
    SMS, MMS, IM, Email
    JAVA MIDP 2.0
    Speaker Phone/Hands free
    3.5mm AV/headset
    3.7V 1420mAh
    Up to 14 days Standby
    Up to 6 hours Talk Time
  • Price history
    From $xxx AUS 2010 (Outright)

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