Doing BACKFLIPS over AT&T's first Android device?

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Doing BACKFLIPS over AT&T's first Android device?
As we recently reported, AT&T is expected to launch it's first Android flavored device this Sunday, March 7th. Engadget was able to get its hands on the Motorola BACKFLIP. With its unique form factor, the handset has the honor of being the carrier's first phone with the green robot. When the device is closed, the display faces out on one side and the QWERTY faces out on the other side with a 5MP camera that is better than the DROID's shooter according to the web site. When closed, the QWERTY keyboard shuts off to prevent accidental touches of the letters. Behind the display is a touchpad that allows you to use your thumbs to move things around the screen. The manufacturer calls it the BackTrack. Engadget calls it a waste, saying that it doesn't add any value.

Engadget  made some interesting comments. The phone, they said, is laggy out of the box-and that's before you start downloading apps. Yahoo provides the default search engine on the device and yeah, AT&T has that blood feud with Google which is why the Touch Diamond and Touch Pro variants for AT&T didn't have a YouTube client out of the box. Back to the BACKFLIP. Engadget says that one handed closing of the phone is a no-no unless you like bending over and picking up the pieces of the phone on the floor. The food is shoe-horned full of AT&T apps like AllSport GPS, AT&T Maps, AT&T Music (replacing the usual music app), AT&T Navigator, AT&T Mobile Banking, MobiTV and more. The unit is built solidly, a step above the CLIQ, and while MOTOBLUR looks and acts the same as on the CLIQ, the widgets-Social status, Messages and Happenings-have been moved to the home page one move to the left of the main one. In an hour of use, the BACKFLIP had one spontaneous reboot, which means this could be something to keep an eye on. The manufacturer has had problems with its firmware upgrade for the CLIQ, so let's hope that this isn't something that Motorola is having trouble wrapping its hands around. Anyway, let's concentrate on the positive. March 7th, AT&T, Motorola BACKFLIP, $99.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and a 2 year contract. Be there.

Motorola BACKFLIP Specifications | Hands-on

source: Engadget


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28 Comments

1. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

I think this is hilarious that Verizon was always branded for "crippling" all their phones. It seems that the tables have completely turned. At&t has clearly forced all of their apps and services onto this device, not sure if theyve blocked out the ability for the phone to get the free turn by turn nav. Droid does... backflip does not

2. Trendygirlx23 unregistered

Yeah droid does. I think this would have been a good phone if they had made it a slider.

3. rhomaion

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 23, 2009

No no, Verizon still claims the title for starting industry standards such as charging a data fee for phones that are hardly capable of using such a feature. Verizon ftw, NOT!

7. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

All smartphones require a data plan, even AT&T's iPhone. Anyone who owns a smartphone that doesn't want a data plan is an ***. Their bill would be outragous with data charges alone. I know you may be refering to the mid-level phones but I'm sure most people that buy a phone with 3G capabilities will more likely use data. Verizon has plenty of basic, non-3G, non-data plan required phones.

12. 203RichBoy

Posts: 76; Member since: Dec 15, 2009

Yeah okay college geek. Im sure everone that has the Motorola Entice or the Motorola Rival are constantly shooting emails ane web browsing on those peice of shit phones. He said hardly capable of using the feature i.e phones like the one I mentioned. Nobody said anything about smartphones and im sure everyone on this sites knows that iPhone and Droid and smartphones alike require data plans. We know they dont have phones with 3g but damn god forbid u want a simple phone yet nice phone for grandma or something but op!!! it has 3g capabilities so your going to be paying extra!

24. jhoots

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 13, 2010

im sure you can afford it RichBoy.. haha

26. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

not to be picky richboy but neither the motorola entice or the motorola rival require data packages... so your point is completely worthless

4. agnosj

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 04, 2009

There's nothing worse than a good concept messed up. I'm still interested to see what the gaming applications of the back touch pad can be, but it sounds like they broke this one from the start. Yahoo search on Googles os? I don't get the comment about it being more solid than the Cliq. The Cliq is the best slider on the market for pure form factor. Its lighter than the Touch Pro2 (though admittedly missing the tilt.) It's got no looseness or weird chin like the g1. There's actual metal in the slide like the droid, but it's springloaded and can easily be opened with one hand. Not to mention the tight but domed keys. If the Backflip is more solid than the Cliq, why are you worried about picking the pieces up off the floor?

13. 203RichBoy

Posts: 76; Member since: Dec 15, 2009

THe cliq? Have u tried typing on that peice of shit? G1 has a keyboard that has yet to be outdone by 2nd gen android.

5. cansler

Posts: 136; Member since: Oct 07, 2009

How do you take a HOT up-and-coming OS, a flailing hardware manufacturer on the rebound and destroy them both in one fell swoop? "I don't know... How?" you say. Enter the Crap Flip. C'mon AT&T, we can't wait over a year to jump on the Android bandwagon only to introduce THE most craptacular Android device EVER!! Learn from your competitors mistakes, Bloatware is not appreciated. Remember how VZW got lambasted for "crippling" all their smartphones in the past? The proprietary keyboards and odd shapes that are markedly different than the designers' original and apps that only allow you to use AT&T branded versions of popular software (which are not popular like their national counterparts i.e: yahoo over Google) is corporate suicide. We shot ourselves in the foot with the iToy exclusive that was so exclusive it excluded any other smartphone worth having from the party. We just shot the other foot. We just shot the other foot, only this time we had a semi-auto and not only took out our feet, but we got a kneecap too. I like Yahoo. But don't force everyone into using a search engine that cannot be seamlessly integrated into the rest of the phone's user experience. And you have to know that form factor is a disaster. You thought the Pure had slow sales? Be glad not everybody visits sites like this or there would be nobody at your launch event. You love to prey on the stupidity of the masses, don't you? Here's a thought: Why not appeal to your smarter consumers for a change. Especially considering these are supposed to be SMART phones. Moto Crapflip? Not so smart... You better not jack up the Desire...

6. cansler

Posts: 136; Member since: Oct 07, 2009

Why on earth do we need to have the Blue Deathstar on the keyboard? Where will it take you? AT&T Apps. What will be the cleanest key on the phone? The Deathstar key... nary a fingerprint...

25. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

typically the deathstar key will blow planets up...but for the backflip it opens the web browser

8. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

This article should be evidence of my opinion: If you want the best Android experience, come over to Verizon, where the carrier doesn't screw with the software and the 3G is plenty.

9. Kappy

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 14, 2009

Apple probably wants ATT to do this to their android smartphone. OR maybe ATT did it on purpose to not make Apple angry. Like one poster said above... They better not screw up the desire. If they do, ATT will see a lot of angry customers.

11. cansler

Posts: 136; Member since: Oct 07, 2009

That's very likely. Or they have some sort of contractual agreement, perhaps part of the exclusivity deal. I think the contract might be between AT&T and Yahoo! and so they cannot allow another search provider. OR they WANT to keep things exclusive to people like Yahoo! because they have a monetary interest in them and are pimping their own over the most popular.

10. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Ok somebody explain to me in technical turns what droid is? Isn't is just the OS on the phone not a device on its own? If it is what's the big deal, if a verizon phone and a ATT phone both run on like droid 5.0 for example there isn't a difference right?

16. scottmbolt unregistered

First of all, if you hear "Android" ... think of OS. Android is the popular up and coming OS that is now, with the advent of this phone, available on all carriers. When you hear "DROID" think of the Verizon phone model that runs Android OS. The phone is called the DROID (model name). As for the OS version question you had, I don't understand it. 2.1 is the highest Android OS out there right now, and not many phone have it.

18. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

just using the 5.0 as an example i know their isn't a 5.0 at the moment. android is the o.s gotcha ya

14. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

I noticed after watching the video that it DOESN'T have Google search! Why would someone want Android without the Google stuff. And AT&T replaced all the good stuff with their crap. And if you notice closely, the device looses service. First he has a few bars then out of the blue the device looses all service. You can see that on the screen.

19. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

service in that picture doesn't justify the whole nation it probably the spot where they took the photo, didn't know they took out the google stuff and added their own stuff that sucks but you can always get it anyway i just like the snapdragon and the 1ghz processor but makes sense from a business stand point to add att stuff

27. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

The backflip doesn't have the snapdragon it has the 528MHz Qualcomm MSM7201A.

28. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

may bad i was thinking of the xperia x10

15. scottmbolt unregistered

This looks like a HORRIBLY designed device. I'm just confused with the way the reviewer used this thing. Also, whats with the Yahoo being the default search engine? Weird!

17. jbroots3

Posts: 104; Member since: Jan 29, 2010

The phone LOOKS cheap. Maybe i just dont like Motorola. Too many bad memories of the Q...

20. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

stop hating plz i'm getting the xperia x10 anyway whopp whoop

21. ohwhyfanboywhy

Posts: 37; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

why the hell would AT&T put yahoo search on a google based OS? Why AT&T, why?

23. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

because it's an open OS, that's the whole point of Android...

22. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

Well apparently, BLUR sucks in general. Yea at&t loaded it w/ their apps, but it doesn't hide the fact that, again, BLUR sucks period. I was interested in the phone, was going to wait until I saw real hands on reviews, and seeing how most are saying it's just like the Cliq but in a different form factor, I'm glad I passed it up. I read over at BGR, it's probably old news, but at&t may be getting the Desire, so that's something to look forward to. All criticism aside, this phone does what it's suppose to do for the market it's suppose to do it for. Kids are going to eat this up, us tech geeks will wait for at&t's N.ONE, the possible Desire, and other possibly amazing phones heading for the carrier. And please keep in mind, let's not fault carriers for loading devices up w/ their proprietary apps, you're buying a phone w/ their branding on it, what else would you expect?

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