Performance:
 
The Motorola FLIPOUT has a 600Mhz processor with 512MB of RAM.  Switching the device on takes approximately one full minute. The following minute, we noticed the device ‘thinking’ as it pulled all our emails and social networking updates from online. After this start-up period, the phone tends to work reliably quickly. Apps were multi-tasked with great success, with music playing while editing a document and messaging. While occasionally, the music would jump or stutter when heavy multi-tasking occurred or a data-connection was re-connecting, though this was rare.
 
Reception on the phone was also good. No calls were dropped on the device, even when going through areas of bad reception, and online browsing speeds were consistently high in and around London. Incoming calls were clear and loud enough, with the volume being easily adjustable using the volume-rocker. Outgoing calls on the Motorola FLIPOUT were also clear and audible with no cause for concern. Ringer volume is adjustable, and at the loudest setting, audible even outside in busy hustle and bustle, though the vibration notification could have been stronger.
 
Battery life is mediocre for a device like this, with the 1170mAh battery delivering 5.95 hours talk time and 365 hours of standby time. In reality, we found a day of relatively heavy usage with Wi-Fi was enough to drain the battery to about 10%, suggesting it would need to be charged daily.
 

Conclusion:
 
We’ve really enjoyed reviewing the Motorola FLIPOUT. Its quirky design got it noticed wherever we went, usually for the right reasons. The fact it has the versatility of Android 2.1 under the hood made setting everything up and maintaining RSS feeds, social networks and emails a breeze. Having decent app support was also wonderful and made us appreciate Motorola's efforts in combining Google's OS with a phone of this form-factor. The result is a novel, truly usable, feature rich phone, proving that sometimes, ingenuity pays off. Although the screen and camera may ensure that the Motorola FLIPOUT isn’t for the multimedia hungry consumer, we found it to be a very fun, practical alternative to all the  more conventional handsets on the market, great for messaging and music on the go.
 
While we would happily recommend the Motorola FLIPOUT, if you are looking for a keyboard-less alternative with a more traditional form-factor, the HTC Wildfire would be worth considering. If however you wanted a physical keyboard, just without the quirky design of the Motorola FLIPSIDE, the Sony Ericsson X10 mini pro would deliver a more conventional alternative.

Motorola FLIPOUT Video Review:


Pros

  • Novel Design
  • Very usable QWERTY
  • Good music playback quality
  • Motorola's Phone Portal works very well

Cons

  • Low-res screen
  • Poor Stills / Video capture
  • Poor battery life
  • 3D gallery interface stutters

PhoneArena Rating:

8.0

User Rating:

7.0
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10 Comments

1. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1246; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

That screen has no right being on a android phone...

5. Guest unregistered

Do you have this phone?

2. mr. blue unregistered

interesting phone! unfortunately lack of resolution as an android phone! motorola must build the upgrade of it!

6. Guest unregistered

do you phone?

3. Johnley unregistered

samsung could pop one of those amoleds in this thing, a 1 ghz dual core A9, and wireless n, and this thing would be FREAKING AWESOME.

4. Guest unregistered

Hi I am planning to buy this phone in the weekend, But i am still not sure if i want to pay $400 for a small screen. The one thing putting me off is the keypad. Is it easy to do a lot of texting on?

7. Blogmaniac unregistered

amazon.com carries it for $170. Just bought one.

8. hoki unregistered

Android 2.2 for Motorola Flipout We subscribe at Motorola to make them develop a 2.2 or even 2.3 upgrade for Flipout. http://www.groubal.com/android-2-2-for-motorola-flipout/

9. faaar unregistered

I just bought this phone a few months ago and its spoilt!

10. hellohowdoyoudo

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

This phone sucks i have it and the touch screen always messes up, and the top part ends up getting out of place. it makes me really mad. i always end up having to use my friends phones. if i were you i definitely wouldnt get this phone, its just a waste of your money. spend it on a better phone. :)
FLIPOUT
  • Display 2.8" 320 x 240 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP
  • Battery 1170 mAh(4.58h 3G talk time)

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