Question: How much do I hate my Motorola CLIQ?
Answer: Enough to write this post.
In the age of two year service commitments for decent phone pricing, let me caution you to be absolutely certain which phone you want to purchase before you commit. In my case, I chose the first Android phone Motorola has ever made. Mistake #1. Never spend significant amounts of money on a Gen1 device. They will always be improved and/or exposed. In my case, Gen4 of the iPhone is the perfect example. Everything I want a smartphone to do (except have a physical keyboard, ARGH!) is accomplished through what will soon be announced as the fourth generation iPhone. I don’t personally need widgets, though I wouldn’t mind if Apple gets that part right next year.
As for the CLIQ, it’s not so much a hardware issue as a software issue. I place the blame squarely upon Motorola’s MotoBlur software. Seriously, it’s a P.O.S. If they’d not tried to get cute and instead just made it an Android phone without added bells and whistles, I’d A) have a phone that, like the Droid, could have been updated to 2.1 six months ago and B) have a phone that doesn’t randomly just turn off. Yeah. It turns off. Super awesome.
Lesson learned: Wait for a gadget’s reliability to be established. Or spend the BIG money to get the phone without contract so you can sell it on Craigslist and bounce to another carrier if and when you find you’re unsatisfied.
Take it from me. This pony ain’t worth the ride.