After every other US carrier adopted Android in its lineup, AT&T will finally be getting their first piece of Android goodness in the form of the Motorola BACKFLIP that got announced at CES. Actually, starting this quarter, the BACKFLIP will become available in almost all parts of the world – North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia, so hopefully users around the world won’t have to wait too long before they can enjoy this handset’s fairly untraditional form-factor. Basically, when the phone is closed, the screen is on the front, while the keyboard sits on the back, so you have to flip the keyboard backwards to have it operational. You can check our hands-on video with the Motorola BACKFLIP below in order to see how it’s done.
Our first impressions from the Motorola BACKFLIP are that it would really appeal to consumers who would purchase a compact, yet capable smartphone, equipped with a full QWERTY keyboard. In addition to the 3.1-inch HVGA touchscreen, the BACKFLIP provides the user with an alternative way of navigation, which is kind of strange really – through a trackpad on the back of the screen. To tell you the truth, we can hardly see it being of much use, which kind of explains why we haven’t come across this feature so far. The QWERTY keyboard is okay – it’s neither striking, nor uncomfortable. One thing that bothered us however was the unpleasant cheap feel the phone has to it.
Software-wise, at launch the Motorola BACKFLIP will have the 1.5 version of Android, but fortunately, there will be an update to v2.1 later. On top of the OS, you’ll find MOTOBLUR (the interface’s logo can also be seen on the back of the keyboard, so they are kind of openly vaunting this now). If you are not acquainted with the manufacturer’s social-centric interface, you can always check our review of the Motorola CLIQ.
As said, the Motorola BACKFLIP is scheduled for launch sometime this quarter, so expect our review of it soon enough.
Hands-on with Motorola BACKFLIP: