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Cell Phone Comparisons
Motorola CLIQ vs. CLIQ XT

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March 5th, 2010



The Motorola CLIQ and Motorola CLIQ XT are brothers — and like-minded brothers at that. Both devices are powered by Google’s Android mobile operating system, and have Motorola’s MOTOBULR user interface built on top for close integration with popular social networks including Facebook and Twitter. While the CLIQ has a physical QWERTY keyboard, the CLIQ XT relies on a virtual on-screen QWERTY keyboard. The CLIQ XT has a number of enhancements over the CLIQ, including a more powerful camera.

Key Differences

  • Keyboard: Perhaps the biggest and most significant difference between the CLIQ vs. the CLIQ XT is that the CLIQ XT lacks a physical QWERTY keyboard.  The Motorola CLIQ is equipped with a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard in addition to an on-screen virtual keyboard.  The CLIQ XT has only an on-screen virtual QWERTY keyboard.  Users preferring a physical QWERTY keyboard may prefer the CLIQ, but the virtual keyboard on both devices works well.
  • Form factor: Because of the CLIQ XT’s lack of a physical QWERTY keyboard, it is a noticeably thinner, lighter device than the CLIQ.  The CLIQ XT is arguably a sleeker, more attractive device than the CLIQ.
  • FM Radio: The Motorola CLIQ XT has a built-in FM radio tuner (headphones required), while the CLIQ does not have the native ability to tune into FM broadcasts.
  • Battery life: Although both devices come with a 1420mAh lithium ion battery, the CLIQ XT will be able to achieve a longer standby and usage time than the CLIQ XT.
  • Camera: Both the CLIQ and CLIQ XT feature a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus.  The CLIQ, however has a 4x digital zoom, while the CLIQ XT has a fixed zoom.  The CLIQ XT is equipped with a flash, while the CLIQ does not.
  • Trackpad: The large select button on the front of the CLIQ XT doubles as a touch-sensitive trackpad (similar to that found on a laptop computer), providing an additional way to browse menus and select icons.  The CLIQ has a 4-way directional pad to the left of its slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard.

Side-By-Side Comparison

Motorola CLIQ Motorola CLIQ XT
Shop Now Shop Now
Interface Motorola MOTOBLUR Motorola MOTOBLUR
Operating System Android Android
Screen Size 3.1″, 3208 x 480 Pixels 3.1″, 320 x 480 Pixels
Video Overview Watch Watch
Wireless Capabilities
3G Capable Yes Yes
Global Roaming Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
Mobile Hotspot No No
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Voice-dialing Yes Yes
Messaging Capabilities
IM Yes Yes
Text Yes Yes
Video Yes Yes
Mobile Email Yes Yes
Outlook Support Yes Yes
View MS Office Attachments Yes Yes
Web Browser Yes Yes
Camera Megapixels 5.0 5.0
Apps Android Market Android Market
Video Yes Yes
Music Options Yes Yes
Memory Capacity Up to 32GB microSD (2GB card pre-installed) Up to 32GB microSD (2GB card pre-installed)
Keyboard Physical & Virtual QWERTY Virtual QWERTY
Removable Battery Yes Yes
Weight 5.6 oz 4.6 oz
Dimensions 2.3″ x 4.5″ x 0.6″ 2.4″ x 4.6″ x 0.5″
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5 Responses to “Motorola CLIQ vs. CLIQ XT”

  • proof reader
    January 5, 2011

    the CLIQ XT will be able to achieve a longer standby and usage time than the CLIQ XT

  • Alexis Kcherras
    June 27, 2010

    This is a really good comparision! Very helpful! Although which one is more expensive? Thanks! Oh, and for the question bellow my comment and question, I have no clue. Sry!

  • Kathleen Syrense
    June 25, 2010

    Very helpful! Except it made a mistake under the summary of “Key Differences”, “Battery Life”. It states that one of the phones has a longer battery life, but says CLIQ XT both times. Otherwise, very useful! Thanks! But does anyone know which one does have a longer standby time?

  • Steve Makowski
    May 12, 2010

    Great review! and quite helpful
    Would like to see a side by side of all the BB Curves 8300-8500!

  • Andrew Singleton
    May 1, 2010

    Very useful comparison! Thank you wirefly!

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