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Summary:

Motorola has followed through on its promise to enter the Android smartphone market, unveiling the Cliq, a small phone with a sliding QWERTY keyboard. The company has added its own home screen magic, called Moto Blur, that graphically integrates all user messaging accounts. Messages received appear […]

Motorola has followed through on its promise to enter the Android smartphone market, unveiling the Cliq, a small phone with a sliding QWERTY keyboard. The company has added its own home screen magic, called Moto Blur, that graphically integrates all user messaging accounts. Messages received appear on the screen no matter how they were sent, whether via email, text message or social network.

We cornered a Motorola rep backstage at the Mobilize conference just before the phone was announced and shot a quick video of it in action. It invokes images of an iPhone, although one with a nice keyboard that slides out of the screen. The keyboard feels really good to use, and the performance of everything is very fast. The phone will be available later this year with T-Mobile in the U. S.

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  1. So is this the “Sholes” or the “Morrison” or another phone entirely?

  2. I see elsewhere that it’s the Morrison. Welcome to the Android flock, little guy!

  3. Gah! T-Mobile! What the hell. The Sholes better be friggin amazing on Verizon. I am this close (holding my fingers really close together, like super close) to just eating the damn ETF and moving 4 lines to ATT and iPhones. The only thing keeping me is the hope of a decent Android phone on Verizon.

  4. Totally off topic, but how tall is Kevin?

    1. Five foot five. And a half. ;)

  5. He’s pretty short. But what’s the saying about small things, big packages?

    1. Small things don’t have big packages?

    2. I think the saying is that that’s a waste of packaging :)

  6. That does not look fast at all. Pretty laggy in fact. Minus points for making it look like an iPhone. Not that I dislike the way the iPhone looks but Moto could be more original.

  7. NP. Just wondering because James and the Moto guy looked like giants. =)

    1. I’m five foot seventeen but I consider Kevin one of the GIANTS in the land of Mobile Technology.

  8. Nice phone..but I’m a Pre guy. I love the fact that you guys had this hands-on vid up before engadget and gizmodo had theirs.. :)

    1. This was up before any of my Android feeds had anything. That’s the power of the GigaOm Network.

  9. The Productive Organizer Thursday, September 10, 2009

    I like the WebOS look on the UI.But a UI front end like this on a bad processor is always a let down. Social Aggregation is always great for GTD purpose >> http://www.productiveorganizer.com/mobile-productivity/social-aggregation-on-motorolas-first-android-phone-cliq/

  10. The performance looks horrible.

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