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Moto's First Android Phone Loves Social Networks

As we suspected (reports go back as far as this time last year), Motorola's first Android offering is a smartphone geared toward social networking addicts. The company announced the CLIQ yesterday; and when it comes to aesthetics, it's not exactly what we expected. We figured Motorola would go for something flashy with a full touchscreen, however, the CLIQ is actually quite understated, with a slide out horizontal QWERTY keyboard.

QWERTY keyboard aside, the CLIQ features a 3.1 HGVA touch screen with a 320x480 resolution. Packing Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and all the usual Google bells and whistles (YouTube, Maps, GTalk), it also comes with a dedicated Last.fm application and is 3G-capable.

Okay, so not too different from any other Android handset that's already available, right? Not quite. This is where MotoBlur comes in by forwarding all incoming mail, be it SMS, emails, tweets or Facebook/MySpace messages, straight to your home screen. No logging on to this site or that site to keep up with what your friends are doing. Whether or not that's a good thing, we can't decide. It might be awesome to have everything in one place, but it could also be really messy and confusing. Let us know what you think!

The CLIQ is expected to be available in time for the holidays on T-Mobile. Pricing has yet to be announced however Engadget reports that T-Mobile had the device listed on its website for $399 off contract or free with a two year contract. Though the information was quickly removed, it would be a tempting offer.