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