Remember the Motorola Flipout?

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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  • Display 2.8" 320 x 240 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP
  • Processor TI OMAP3410, Single core, 720 MHz
  • Battery 1170 mAh(4.60h 3G talk time)

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22 Comments

1. shnibz

Posts: 510; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

The orange one is very BB-8 ish.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30977; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

8. Subie

Posts: 2356; Member since: Aug 01, 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.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30977; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I can see that lol

15. shnibz

Posts: 510; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

Who doesn't love both?

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 30977; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

11. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3125; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

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

12. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

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

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30977; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

20. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 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...

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 30977; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

23. MotoFoner

Posts: 34; Member since: May 11, 2015

Correction: a blue whale is a very large fish.

3. linnus

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

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

5. jellmoo

Posts: 2567; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

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

10. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

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

16. cheetah2k

Posts: 2230; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Patent trolls killed off that pretty quick..

13. lawen

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

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

17. megathaszrul89

Posts: 203; Member since: Jan 08, 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 :)

18. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

So cool!

19. dmomintz

Posts: 68; Member since: Jan 21, 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.

22. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

24. JoshN

Posts: 202; Member since: Apr 01, 2015

i Have a Orange one OMG its soooo unique is in my drawer i dont think ill ever sell it :-)

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