March Smart Phone Madness Game 10: HTC HD2 vs. Motorola Cliq

Voting has concluded for this contest, but more Smart Phone Madness awaits!

Oh my goodness, we didn’t see that one coming! Pardon us if we sound like Gus Johnson, but this was HUGE! We never expected the iPhone to go out so early in the contest. Yesterday’s action was back and forth all afternoon, but then the BlackBerry Tour just pulled away overnight, winning by a final score of 6743 – 2532.

Now, on to today’s game, which pits the HTC HD2 against the Motorola Cliq. Read on for a refresher on each phone, and to vote for your favorite.

The HTC HD2 just crushed the BlackBerry Storm 2 in the opening round of the tournament, with a final score of 1291 to 250. Will this round prove any tougher? Will the HD2’s Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system succumb to the juggernaut that is Android (with Motoblur), or will the Cliq’s smaller size be dominated by the HD2?

First, the basics: At 4.7 x 2.6 inches and 5.5 ounces, the HD2 is one of the largest smart phones on the market, but it’s a surprising 0.4 inches thin. It’s like holding a Pop-Tart up to your ear. Still, all that space means a huge 4.3-inch, 800 x 480-pixel display. By comparison, the Cliq is slightly smaller, but thicker and heavier, at 4.5 x 2.3 x 0.6 inches and 5.7 ounces. It comes with a 3.1-inch, 480 x 320-pixel capacitive touchscreen that was plenty large in our use.

The main reason for the HD2’s thinness is that it lacks a physical keyboard, unlike the Cliq. However, the HD2’s keyboard is so spacious and easy to use that it rivals the iPhone.

Both phones employ a secondary user interface on top of their operating systems. The HD2 uses HTC’s Sense interface, which not only hides the boring WinMo 6.5, but also does a good job of integrating with Facebook and Twitter. The Cliq, which runs Android 1.5, employs Motorola’s Motoblur UI, which has real-time widgets, and, like the HD2, is excellent at integrating all your social networking contacts into one place.

We first reviewed the HD2 when it was an unlocked device, but now it costs $199 through T-Mobile–the same price and carrier as the Cliq. So which phone do you think is better?

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  1. Colonel Kernel Says:

    I have to wonder how many anti-iPhone votes the BlackBerry Tour benefitted from yesterday? I don’t think it won the match, but I also don’t think the trouncing was realistic.

    Still, it was good to see another really high-vote match up. Looking forward to the Pre vs. Bold match up.

  2. Daniel Says:

    And I have to wonder, why all of the i-phone owners and lovers DIDN’T vote. I mean, I haven’t seen ANY Tour out there. But each 13year old teen has an I-Phone.

    Seems like Palm Pre got a serious chance to win the next match

  3. dapnumber9 Says:

    im sorry but idk how anyone can vote against 4.3 inches of screen. even if its with windows mobile, sense saves it

  4. HD Blog Says:

    My vote is for HTC

  5. Feyder Says:

    HTC HD2 Best phone for the moment. Very very easy and super fast.

  6. Steven Says:

    the hd2 big screen is nice but actually using it the battery life sucks and its WinMo. I bought one Wednesday and am returning it tomorrow. it wasnt as fast as everyone makes it out to be and froze 3 times. this was the second htc i purchased and regretted

  7. akatoys Says:

    As a Cliq owner, I’m sad Android fanboys aren’t showing up here in more force. The Cliq is awesome and Android rules!

  8. TrinNY Says:

    I use both gotta go with HD2

  9. Randy Says:

    I voted for the HTC HD2, mostly because it’s super-slick looking, ultra-thin, and a nice screen. Also, because I absolutely hate “slider” phones, with the goofy, clunky, slide out keypad. Give me a real keypad like most BlackBerry’s have or give me a nice virtual keypad like the HTC HD2 or the iPhone. Please, no moving parts on my cell phone … it cheapens the phone … just my opinion.

    I think HTC HD2 will easily win this matchup, but will eventually get knocked out by the BlackBerry Tour or the BlackBerry Bold. BlackBerry users are very loyal, because the Tour & Bold are RIM’s best of the best and those two models just perform so efficiently & are made so indestructibly well.

    I agree that it is a shame that the iPhone got knocked out so early in the competition, because it is without a doubt the best of the touch-screen phones. I am actually quite proud of Apple and it’s iPhone, even though I prefer RIM’s products. But I guess it’s main users, teenage girls, do not vote on tech websites very often. More of an ‘American Idol’ voter, I suppose. WinMo & Android are merely in a catch-up mode to Apple. Second class citizens, so to speak. The iPhone just had the unfortunate position of having been paired against one of the two powerful BlackBerry’s (Tour / Bold).

  10. hickhamt Says:

    Cliq owner… … i have a personal tmo phone and a sprint work phone.. the work phone i started with was a treo 700w.. then i moved to an htc tilt winmo… had it 2 years.. was a really good phone.. then i got my android rockin cliq and felt i was in heaven! after the tilt at work i switched to the hero .. which has sense ui… HATED it… not intuitve.. gets in my way of doing things i can do on a cliq very fast and with pleasure… i switched from the hero to the moment and loaded GDE.. now im happy… but im over winmo.. giving up on winmo… love android… i love my cliq!!! best phone of the 10 smartphones i’ve owned in the past 10 years.. motoblur beats sense anyday for me… glad the nexus one didnt get infected with sense…. just my opinions… dont flame me!! lol…

  11. Vash SIn Says:

    looks liek hd2 has it in hte bag… can we just move on to the pre/bold match?

  12. Patrick V Says:

    I own a cliq and I voted for the HD2 just in spite. I am on my 7th replacement the Cliq has been nothing but problems for me. I was really hoping that Moto would shine a bit brighter with this device but it has left me missing my G1. One good thing is Moto has got me saving money. Unfortunatly for them I’m saving to get back with HTC.

  13. Herinel Says:

    I owned a cliq till the 24th when the HD2 got released, ive had android since day 1 , loved stock android, sense, and blur,have rooted them all,but the only device that has wow’d me this much is the HD2 that i am writing this comment with, multimedia, speed, and power is this phones’ job and it does it well, the cliq should even be in the same league as the HD2.

  14. Maria Says:

    I’m a loyal Blackberry user – recently upgraded to BB Bold 9700. When I found out about HTC HD2, I gotta have it and I did! I now have both BB bold 9700 and HTC HD2, so i’m torn.

    If I had to choose between iPhone and HTC HD2 , hands down, HTC HD2 is my pick. it has exceeded my expectation. The look is super cool looking. The functionality is great especially from a newbie touch screen like me.

  15. Chantel Smalberger Says:


    I think it’s a total insult to compare HTC to Motorola :P HTC is the best! :)

  16. maeael Says:

    HD2 and droid in final game with HD2 winning it all

  17. Vash SIn Says:


    yeah?no….. i have faith in the palm pre and its web os :-P

  18. Adam Says:

    Yeah, the T-Mobile HD2 is fantastic. Especially if you’re getting the 7.2 Mbps in your area. Super fast device. HTC’s Sense totally obscures the old WinMo interface without losing all of the power and flexibility of WinMo.

  19. kelvin Says:

    HTC baby…i’m a fan

  20. albert Says:

    HTC HD2 all the way, there in not match.

  21. vara411 Says:

    Wish LaptopMag was a bit more clear as to when each contest is. Would hate to miss out on a vote!

  22. rafael Says:

    When is the next match… The #11 anyone knows ?

  23. Javier Says:

    Hey, guys!? Where is “March Smart Phone Madness Game 11: BlackBerry Bold 9700 vs. Palm Pre Plus?”… I thought it was missing because of weekend… but today I do not find it neither… Or is it already done? Or you took the whole week as holiday?

  24. K. T. Bradford Says:

    @Javier, games o up between 11;30 and noon eastern time every weekday. The newest game is here. Go vote!

  25. Javier Says:

    OK, thanks, I found it already…

  26. Tim87 Says:

    HTC HD 2 all the way !!! How can you compare an HTC with a Motorola ??!!

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