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Remember the Motorola Flipout?

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Remember the Motorola Flipout?
Back in the summer of 2010, it seemed that the sky was the limit in terms of form factors for Android phones. The Motorola DROID landscape slider had just turned the public on to Android 2.0, and the Nexus One followed up with a sleek, modern looking Android powered handset. The HTC Droid Incredible was next with a strange little bump on the back of the device.

Looking for a entry into the teen market, Motorola brought to the U.S. a unique looking device in June 2010. The small, square shaped Motorola Flipout was a swiveling slider that hid the QWERTY keyboard behind the 2.8-inch screen. The 240 x 320 resolution provided a 143ppi pixel density. A TI OMAP 3410 SoC was under the hood with a single-core 720MHz CPU, and the PowerVR SGX530 GPU. 512MB of RAM and 512MB of ROM was inside, and a 3MP camera was on the back of the device without Auto Focus. An 1170mAh battery powered the unit. Android 2.1 was pre-loaded on the Flipout.

Priced at $79.99 on contract when it launched as an AT&T exclusive, the Flipout tried to advance the form factor which Nokia had already used the previous year with its Nokia 7705 Twist. With today's larger screens, we probably won't see anything like the Flipout again. If you owned the handset, let us hear about your experience with it by commenting in the box below.

You can check out our review of the Motorola Flipout by clicking on this link.


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posted on 14 Feb 2016, 13:23 2

1. shnibz (Posts: 332; Member since: 18 Sep 2011)


The orange one is very BB-8 ish.

posted on 14 Feb 2016, 13:27 1

4. darkkjedii (Posts: 22118; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Question: Who do you like more, BB-8 or R2?

posted on 14 Feb 2016, 13:56 8

8. Subie (Posts: 955; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


Wow, I didn't catch what he meant until you posted your question. I almost thought it was some old Blackberry model I'd never heard of LOL.

posted on 14 Feb 2016, 14:32

9. darkkjedii (Posts: 22118; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I can see that lol

posted on 14 Feb 2016, 17:39

15. shnibz (Posts: 332; Member since: 18 Sep 2011)


Who doesn't love both?

posted on 14 Feb 2016, 13:26 3

2. darkkjedii (Posts: 22118; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I never owned one, but always thought they were pretty cool looking. The only phones I'd try with physical keyboards now, are the Priv and Passport, but I'm just not a BB guy.

posted on 14 Feb 2016, 14:40 3

11. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1747; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


The Priv is an Android. A very good one at that.

posted on 14 Feb 2016, 16:01

12. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3109; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Exactly. Yes the Priv does have some added BB features, but it is nearly stock Android as well.

posted on 14 Feb 2016, 17:11 1

14. darkkjedii (Posts: 22118; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I don't know why you felt the need to tell me that, I'm well aware. Also, I didn't bash it, I clearly said I'm not a BB guy. Your post was stupid and unnecessary. "The Priv is an Android ". The Blue Whale is a mammal. A very large one at that.

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 09:59

20. buccob (Posts: 2578; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I think your answer was very defensive in an unnecessary way... I think his comment "The Priv is an Android" was just to let you know in case you thought it ran BlackBerry Software... (maybe just another way to say "you should try it out because it is Android, not BB10")... either way I did't take it as an offensive comment towards you...

posted on 15 Feb 2016, 15:36

21. darkkjedii (Posts: 22118; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I really don't care what you think dude, didn't ask.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 15:20

23. MotoFoner (Posts: 34; Member since: 11 May 2015)


Correction: a blue whale is a very large fish.

posted on 14 Feb 2016, 13:26 2

3. linnus (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Feb 2016)


This phone was so cool. RIP phone design. :(

posted on 14 Feb 2016, 13:29 2

5. jellmoo (Posts: 1701; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Ah, back in the day when PA would acknowledge when they made errors in their reviews. Sweet.

posted on 14 Feb 2016, 14:35 1

10. legiloca (Posts: 1410; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


Back when companies are juggling unique design and good OS, now we have great OS but less design

posted on 14 Feb 2016, 18:11 1

16. cheetah2k (Posts: 1598; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Patent trolls killed off that pretty quick..

posted on 14 Feb 2016, 16:10

13. lawen (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Feb 2016)


i had one of these. loved it. really cool phone at the time

posted on 14 Feb 2016, 19:10

17. megathaszrul89 (Posts: 135; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


I owned one a few years back. Not the best phone at that time. But i still love it! Bought it because of the design. Really want this type of design to be "resurrected" again :)

posted on 14 Feb 2016, 21:50

18. greenelektron (Posts: 533; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


So cool!

posted on 14 Feb 2016, 23:57

19. dmomintz (Posts: 26; Member since: 21 Jan 2016)


This would be a fantastic remake if someone wanted to take a risk and make an updated 3 to 4 inch version. It's quite an attractive and functional form factor imo, very minimalistic in its design.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 03:33

22. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


God, this was such a terrible little phone. As a matter of fact, pretty much every budget Android phone Motorola made until they came up with the "Moto" family of modern smartphones was terribad. Novel form factor (though the KRAVE was more novel), terrible execution.

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