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Motorola FLIPOUT for AT&T Review

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Interface and Features:

The Motorola FLIPOUT is a full blown MOTOBLUR device, so love it or hate it, the customized experience should appease most people. Powered by a 720MHz processor, it obviously isn't the most responsive, but at least it'll get the job done in the end.

The homescreen and menu of the Motorola FLIPOUT - Motorola FLIPOUT for AT&T Review
The homescreen and menu of the Motorola FLIPOUT - Motorola FLIPOUT for AT&T Review
The homescreen and menu of the Motorola FLIPOUT - Motorola FLIPOUT for AT&T Review
The homescreen and menu of the Motorola FLIPOUT - Motorola FLIPOUT for AT&T Review

The homescreen and menu of the Motorola FLIPOUT



If for some odd reason you prefer not using the physical keyboard, you'll still have the option of the on-screen one. Yes, it's extremely cramped and not as responsive as we'd like, but the option is there if you need it.

The on-screen QWERTY keyboard of the Motorola FLIPOUT - Motorola FLIPOUT for AT&T Review

The on-screen QWERTY keyboard of the Motorola FLIPOUT



The email experience doesn't differ from other Android handsets as generic clients are easily configured. If you like instant messaging more, you'll have the choice of AIM, Windows Live Messenger, and Yahoo! Messenger.

The email inbox - Motorola FLIPOUT for AT&T Review
Motorola FLIPOUT for AT&T Review
Motorola FLIPOUT for AT&T Review

The email inbox

  


Multimedia:

You can overlook the FLIPOUT if you're into photos since it produces some soft and dull looking images outdoors with its fixed focused camera. Indoors shot don't get any better seeing that images look underexposed and somewhat more fuzzy.

The interface of the camera / video camera - Motorola FLIPOUT for AT&T Review
The interface of the camera / video camera - Motorola FLIPOUT for AT&T Review

The interface of the camera / video camera


Samples shot with the Motorola FLIPOUT - Motorola FLIPOUT for AT&T Review
Samples shot with the Motorola FLIPOUT - Motorola FLIPOUT for AT&T Review
Samples shot with the Motorola FLIPOUT - Motorola FLIPOUT for AT&T Review
Samples shot with the Motorola FLIPOUT - Motorola FLIPOUT for AT&T Review

Samples shot with the Motorola FLIPOUT


Bright light - Motorola FLIPOUT for AT&T Review
Medium light - Motorola FLIPOUT for AT&T Review
Low light - Motorola FLIPOUT for AT&T Review

Bright light

Medium light

Low light



The same thing applies with its less than appealing video capture quality – which has a maximum shooting resolution of 352 x 288; so don't expect to witness any stunning visuals with this one.

Its music player is typical to other Android handsets, but the paltry audio quality emitted by its speaker won't blow you away.

Video playback should be sufficient for most people, aside from its low-res display, since it's able to run them smoothly without much slowdown.

Luckily, the handset comes preloaded with a 2GB microSD card which should be adequate enough for most people to get by with.


Connectivity and Data:

Global travelers probably won't mind taking the FLIPOUT abroad since it packs quad-band GSM and dual-band UMTS connectivity with Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth 2.1.

With a slower processor in tow, it doesn't offer the most intuitive scrolling or zooming web browsing experience. And with its low resolution display, it makes text look garbled in an overview position.

Web browsing on the Motorola FLIPOUT - Motorola FLIPOUT for AT&T Review
Web browsing on the Motorola FLIPOUT - Motorola FLIPOUT for AT&T Review
Web browsing on the Motorola FLIPOUT - Motorola FLIPOUT for AT&T Review
Web browsing on the Motorola FLIPOUT - Motorola FLIPOUT for AT&T Review

Web browsing on the Motorola FLIPOUT



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posted on 22 Oct 2010, 09:36

1. itsthenew (unregistered)


So bad call quality, poor screen display, poor battery life, so so preformance, and a not so great response on the screen garners an 8?

posted on 22 Oct 2010, 15:01

5. Zorin (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2010)


I thought the same thing? An 8!...maybe out of 100? lol.

posted on 22 Oct 2010, 11:46

2. anarkie (Posts: 48; Member since: 28 Jan 2009)


Yea, what gives. Basically you said in the review that it's full of suck. but you'll give it an 8 based on form factor and keyboard alone? Very disappointed. At an 8, I would almost have suggested this phone to a friend. But after RTFA, there's no way I would suggest this to anyone. A 5 or 6 at BEST based on what I read.

posted on 22 Oct 2010, 09:42

3. Daryl209 (Posts: 18; Member since: 27 Jul 2010)


I think Motorola hates AT&T. "Lets give Verizon the cool looking "Droid" models, then give T-Mobile and Sprint something decent, and AT&T....you can have the Flipout and the Backflip, enjoy!"

posted on 22 Oct 2010, 16:21 1

7. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1046; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Motorola doesn't give AT&T bad phones. AT&T just chooses bad phones from motorola.

posted on 22 Oct 2010, 15:00

4. Zorin (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2010)


Light users should edge out roughly one day of usage on a full charge, however, heavy users will want to constantly have a charger at hand.

Phone sounds like a pain in the a$$!

posted on 22 Oct 2010, 14:28

6. Treatati (unregistered)


i love how you make the this phone seem as vanilla as a manila envelope in a paper back in an empty room with four off white walls.... but you give it an 8....weird

posted on 22 Oct 2010, 23:52

8. canaderp (unregistered)


I feel obligated to say...
I got one of these from rogers for $30, (i was getting a data plan for my nexus one and figured for $30 i couldn't lose).

The keyboard is awesome. I liked the form factor and flip.
The screen resolution, touch responsiveness, call quality, rendering speed, camera, directional pad, battery life, motoblur, proximity of touch buttons are all terrible. The gallery is completely unusable (probably doesn't matter since the camera is junk)
The little tabs that hold the back on, break off easily... my back cover would not stay on.

It's not immediately apparent but if you watch the video you'll notice the dock is on the right side of the screen. The dock on android is normally on the bottom... the screen was rotated 90 degrees and is actually displaying in landscape mode all the time... this wreaks havoc with a lot of apps.
The notification bar will sometimes go to portrait mode in apps. (The left is actually the top of the display) It's confusing; but for example a note taking app might display on the screen sideways (portrait mode) making it impossible to use the keyboard... unless you like tilting your head)

I returned it for my $30... made samwich... forgot about it.
No one should get this.

posted on 25 Oct 2010, 08:30

9. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 238; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)


Hello,

Thanks to your valuable feedback, we reconsidered the rating we gave to the Motorola FLIPOUT, and decided to lower it a bit to 7 so that it represents the device's capabilities more accurately.

Thank you!

posted on 16 Nov 2010, 21:58

10. Boti95 (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Sep 2010)


That is one ugly phone! Id rather have the Motorola Backflip or the Motorola Charm!

posted on 03 Dec 2010, 22:28

11. Boti95 (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Sep 2010)


Well, now that I think of it, I like the Motorola Flipout! Its a nice compact phone.

posted on 25 May 2011, 02:56

12. UMM WAT EVER (unregistered)


Honestly i think this phone is sweet.

All you people are giving it $h1T while you are comparing it to more expensive phones. Easy Phone to use and i dont wanna give mine up.

posted on 12 Sep 2011, 12:51

13. kellynn22 (unregistered)


I am so upset right now. My 12 year old daughter's Motorola Flipout with AT&T just broke in half. I purchased it for her June 2, 2011 and it became loose at the swivel last week during school. I told her to give me until this Monday and I would call Warranty since it's only been 3 months. Well, AT&T Warranty gave me a bunch of crap about it not being covered under warranty since the phone split and is now in two pieces. I explained that my daughter never dropped it or damaged it in any way. It simply was used constantly with text messages and phone calls and her listening to music. I was expecting them to replace with another Flipout or a comparable phone. They said no and that it was not covered under warranty. I can't believe the phone was so cheaply made and that they won't honor our warranty contract. Not sure what to do now! Very sad!!

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Display2.8 inches, 320 x 240 pixels (143 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
TI OMAP3410, Single core, 720 MHz, ARM Cortex-A8 processor
512 MB RAM
Size2.64 x 2.64 x 0.67 inches
(67 x 67 x 17 mm)
4.23 oz  (120 g)
Battery1170 mAh, 5.9 hours talk time

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