Motorola BACKFLIP ReviewMotorola BACKFLIP 8.2
Motorola BACKFLIP exceeded our expectations in the phone calling quality department. Not only were voices on both ends distinct and natural, but there was no indication of any static or background noise disrupting the experience. When using the speaker phone, we had to set the volume on the loudest setting to really gauge the sound of voices – despite that, it still reproduced some decent tones.
In an area that’s covered under the umbrella of AT&T’s network, we did not experience any dropped calls in the greater Philadelphia region. Even though the Motorola BACKFLIP retained a solid connection to the network, we did notice that it generally had one bar less than other AT&T phones we carried – still, it didn’t seem like it was affecting our general usage.
Smartphones are of course tagged as being sufficient in the battery category if they are able to withstand a good working day. With that knowledge in mind, the BACKFLIP’s 1400 mAh battery exceeded our expectations as it lasted almost 2 days of solid use. In addition, we got out an astonishing 8.25 hours of talk time when the manaufacturer has it rated for 5.83 hours of talk and 315 hours of standby.
Unlike Verizon’s plunge into Android, AT&T has decided to go with a less than magnificent entourage with their dive. It’s not to say that the Motorola BACKFLIP might not be garnered as the flagship Android device we would’ve envisioned, but it’s uniqueness in various aspects meticulously elevates it to a higher platform for AT&T customers that have been Android-less. Although the Motorola BACKFLIP provides customers a glimpse into the power of Android, the experience is somewhat less tasteful as there are still some decisions that hinder it from truly becoming triumphant in making Android’s presence known on AT&T. In the end, it kind of plays to the same level we’ve seen with the T-Mobile G1 – it brings Android to the game, but leaves users wondering if this is all that’s out there.
- Unique design
- Quality construction
- Decent photo quality
- Excellent calling quality
- Stiff QWERTY
- Unstable performance
- Stuck on Android 1.5
1. DonkeyPunched (Posts: 321; Member since: 10 Jan 2010)
I recently got this phone to replace my last phone. I was an iPhone user for 3 years, and I must say, I really like the BackFlip despite missing all the apps on Apple. I like how Motorola has also integrated motoblur into the phone because I love how much information I can get from just the homescreen. I enjoy this phone very much and I honestly recommend it to anyone. I've played with Android before, but this is my first personal Android phone. :] I love it.
2. EvoAnubis (Posts: 11; Member since: 14 Jan 2010)
I'll be getting mine next week; can't wait!!
3. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)
"There’s no question that the BACKFLIP’s strength mostly lies in its unusual form factor that really manages to separate it from all the existing pack of slate/candybar devices – essentially requiring a literal backflip to expose its QWERTY." how is being the weirdest and dumbest form factor a strength. i just don't see it.
4. fit2000rider (unregistered)
this phone is so slow and you have to restor it every day it really is a bad phone dont buy it.
6. mmmmm (unregistered)
its the crappiest phone i have ever used
7. prady4 (unregistered)
huh? so very confused about getting this phone!