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Motorola BACKFLIP

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.

CES 2010: Live Report
CES 2010: Live Report
CES 2010: Live Report
CES 2010: Live Report
CES 2010: Live Report
CES 2010: Live Report
CES 2010: Live Report
CES 2010: Live Report
CES 2010: Live Report
CES 2010: Live Report
CES 2010: Live Report
CES 2010: Live Report


Hands-on with Motorola BACKFLIP:



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47 Comments

1. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

how's the motorola blackflip supposed to work again , i mean where's the keyboard, the screen etc ... basically how do you the phone ?

2. rjt185

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

like every other clamshelll qwerty phone in the plane. keyboard below screen while you type. if you close it they face opposite. and if you leave at a 90 degree angle the keyboard faces down while the screen serves as a clock.

10. Striker13084

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 30, 2009

this is the most idiotic design for a phone. Lets leave the key board exposed so it can get more exposure to particular matter. why do this? would LG get mad?

11. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

Thats just your opinion. Statistically more people like it then don't.

3. crappypunk

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

*yawn*

4. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

hype hype hype!!

5. Rhetoric

Posts: 74; Member since: Jul 25, 2009

Damn it Sprint better pick up the Nexus One or something worth a damn!

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