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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Motorola CLIQ: "Everything was a blur..."

"It sounds like a night of drunkin' know...'I don't know what happened...I sent a text message, I got an email, I added a new contact...I woke up in a gutter'...Moto Blur!" I think Joshua Topolsky (Engadget Correspondent) got it down when he covered it during The Engadget Show - 001.

While WebOS on the Palm Pre provides a mechanism to receive notifications and integrate your online accounts onto the device, it does so in a way that is non-obtrusive and functional. Motorola's Blur, on the other-hand, brings you all of your social network notifications within one universal inbox, in which you'll have to swipe through (or select individual networks) to follow the stream. I feel that Blur would be on the verge of social network / information overload.

When I want to dive into the stream with the Pre, I use applications such as Tweed, Google Reader, and Facebook. I do receive SMS updates from Facebook, but once there is a good notification-enabled Facebook app, I will likely disable those as well. I also added more filters into my Gmail inbox to only receive emails I really want to be notified about on my communicator.

The one advantage to the Motorola way is that it may be easier to view a person's social tweets or read about a topic within my stream. Hopefully there will be an application for that ;-)

For those interested in seeing a demo of the Motorola CLIQ, see below (taken from the Engadget first hands-on impressions).

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