Motorola QUENCH/CLIQ XT hands-on [Video]

Feb 18, 2010

Motorola weren't first out of the gate with Android, but they haven't let that stop them.  The company are now up to their eight handset running the open-source OS, with availability spread across North America, Europe and Asia, and next in line is the Motorola QUENCH with MOTOBLUR.  Set to hit T-Mobile USA as the Motorola CLIQ XT, we grabbed some hands-on time at MWC 2010 this week.

Video demo after the cut

In the hand the smartphone feels a lot like a slimmer CLIQ, and the 3.1-inch capacitive touchscreen looks pretty much the same as that handset too.  MOTOBLUR - which pulls in social networking feeds - is onboard, and Motorola told us they're continuing to roll out updates to the services with which you can integrate; so far they're doing that on region by region basis.  Of course, it also means you're stuck with Android OS 1.5, which seems more than a little old-fashioned these days.  An update is in the works, apparently, but there's no public timescale for its release.

Rather than a mechanical D-pad, the QUENCH has a touchpad square, which can be clicked to select; it works well, though of course most of the time you'll probably be reaching up to tap and drag the touchscreen.  It's a lightweight device, though we wish there was a little more interest to the textured back panel.

Motorola have also done a deal with alternative keyboard provider Swype, and the QUENCH/CLIQ XT will come preloaded with the nifty 'board.  T-Mobile USA customers will be able to pick up the CLIQ XT next month, while broader global availability will begin this quarter; no word on pricing as yet.

Motorola QUENCH/CLIQ XT demo:

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