Last update : 23 March 2010
- Review by LaptopMag
Motorola announced the new Backflip featuring 5MP camera, flip-out QWERTY keyboard, 528-MHz Qualcomm MSM 7200A processor, 320-by-480 screen, Wi-Fi, 3G and Google Android 1.5 OS with Motorola’s MOTOBLUR social-networking add-on.
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Motorola Backflip Reviews
LaptopMag reviews the Motorola Backflip and writes;
“..We didn’t experience any lag in opening applications, but scrolling through screens or the main menu would sometimes be a choppy affair. As mentioned previously, this phone uses an older 528-MHz Qualcomm processor, while Verizon Wireless’ Devour uses a snappier new 600-MHz CPU…”
CNET reviews the Motorola Backflip and writes;
“The bottom line: As AT&T’s first Android phone, the Motorola Backflip offers a unique design but it’s rather lackluster in the features and performance department. It’s a decent choice if you’re upgrading from a feature phone, but anyone looking for speed and power should look elsewhere.”
Slashgear reviews the Motorola Backflip and writes;
“…there are some real usability improvements on the BACKFLIP. The rear-mounted trackpad, which sits on the back of the display section, is decent to use; the small display feels slightly less cramped when your fingers aren’t constantly jabbing at it, instead navigating from the back…”
Video review of Motorola Backflip by Mobileburn Part 1
Video review of Motorola Backflip by Mobileburn Part 2
Pocket Lint reviews the Motorola Backflip and writes;
“As for that keyboard, it’s large and well spaced, with a more tactile feel to it than the rather flat Milestone offering. The crux of the keys are spaced over three rows with the rest of the space used up by shortcuts to the homepage, web browser and the like. Motorola has even managed to find space to tuck the camera into the keyboard and thanks to the rotating properties of the keyboard, you can use the camera as a forward facing one for video conferencing or a rear facing one for taking pictures…”
TechRadar hands-on reviews the Motorola Backflip and writes;
“Motorola’s device features a 5MP flash camera plus a 3.1-inch HVGA screen and was quick and responsive to the touch. The keyboard looks like it will be terrible, but actually has quite a pleasant keypress to it..”
Digital Trends mini reviews the Motorola Backflip and writes;
“On a bright note, build quality on this device seemed exceptionally high, right along the lines of the sturdy Cliq. For a device that’s going to do a lot of folding – and probably a few cringe-worthy drops to pavement when it’s fumbled – that’s important….”
PCmag hands-on reviews the Motorola Backflip and writes;
“But the physical design of this phone is unique. Closed, the keyboard and screen both face out. You can flip it flat, or into a sort of V-shape to stand it on a table and watch a movie clip. Propped up in its V shape, it also works as a digital picture frame or alarm clock. It makes a very convincing alarm clock…”
Video review of Motorola Backflip at CES 2010 by Cellphonetrek
Video preview of Motorola Backflip by phonedog
Video preview of Motorola Backflip by Mobileburn
Video preview of Motorola Backflip by shinymedia
Motorola Backflip User Reviews
“…The phone has a really nice interface. The touch screen seemed responsive and intuitive, and the navigation not difficult to figure out. Yes, like all other AT&T phones, this comes with some applications pre-loaded, but you can also expand the memory on this to 32GB, so it would be an exaggeration to claim that these few items affect the usability of the phone…”
“..Good signal – Check – I’ve experienced better signal than my Samsung windows mobile phone
Touch screen – Check – pretty large, given the small phone size
Keypad – Check – Larger keys than my last phone, great for texting and browsing!
Decent camera – Check – 5.0MP baby! With flash! Again, better than last phone
Multi-window Web browser – Check – Up to 4, plenty for me. Changed home page to Google and I’m good to go!..”
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Motorola Backflip Features/Specifications
Date Announced: 06 January 2010
Network Technology: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100
Dimensions (mm): 108 x 53 x 15.3
Weight (g): 133
Screen Size: 3.1 inch, 320×240, Touch screen
Screen Color: TFT 262K colors
Navigation Key: MOTOBLUR UI
BACKTRACK: touch panel
Other Keys: Accelerometer sensor
Antenna: Fixed Internal
Memory Slot: Micro SD (up to 32GB), Include 2GB card
Battery Type: Li – Ion 1400 mAh
Stand-by (hrs): 315
FM Radio: No
TV Receiver: Null
Video Record: Yes, 24 fps
Video Support: MP4, H.263, H.264, WMV9
Audio Support: MP3, eAAC+, WAV, WMA9
3.5mm Audio Jack
HSDPA: Yes, 7.2 Mbps
WIFI/WLAN: 802.11 b/g
EDGE Class 12
GPRS Class 12
Bluetooth: Yes , v 2.1 (A2DP)
USB Port: Yes
Infrared (IrDA): No
Data Cable: microUSB, v2.0
Platform / OS: Android OS, v1.5 (Cupcake)
Java (J2ME): Yes
WAP: Yes Ver 2.0
Predictive Text Entry T9
Caller ID: Photo Caller ID
Lens Type: CMOS, 5.0 Megapixel
Max. Resolution: 2592 x 1944
Night Mode: Yes
Extra Features Geotagging, Auto-focus
Video: Yes, 24 fps
Video Format: 480×320
Motorola Backflip Press Release
Motorola Globally Introduces BACKFLIP(TM) with MOTOBLUR(TM) – Taking Smart in a Whole New Direction
BACKFLIP bends the smart phone rules with a unique reverse flip design and BACKTRACK(TM) feature for speeding through MOTOBLUR social streams
LAS VEGAS, Jan 06, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ — CES –Today Motorola, Inc.(NYSE: MOT) announced the latest addition to its Android(TM) portfolio: BACKFLIP(TM) with MOTOBLUR(TM). The Motorola BACKFLIP, which combines the social savviness and personalization of MOTOBLUR with the multitasking performance of a smart phone, will be available in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia beginning in Q1 2010. The unique reverse flip design makes it easy to enjoy videos, music and photos, and the QWERTY keyboard allows you to blast through e-mails, texts, news feeds, social network messages and more.
“Since introducing our first MOTOBLUR-based device, we’ve remained focused on differentiating the Android experience and bringing it to new carrier partners around the globe,” said Sanjay Jha, co-CEO of Motorola and CEO of Motorola Mobile Devices. “BACKFLIP maximizes the multi-tasking and multi-functional potential of MOTOBLUR with its unique design elements, making it as smart as it is social.”
MOTOBLUR is Motorola’s Android-powered content delivery service created to make phones more personal and socially smart. It is the first and only solution to sync contacts, posts, messages, photos and much more–from sources such as Facebook(R), MySpace, Twitter, Gmail(TM), work and personal e-mail, and LastFM–and automatically deliver them to the home screen. Content is fed into easy-to-manage streams allowing you to spend less time managing your life and more time living it.
BACKFLIP is designed around the MOTOBLUR experience and provides multiple features to keep phone conversations moving. Multi-tasking has never been easier with BACKFLIP’s reverse-flip QWERTY keyboard and high-res 3.1″ HVGA screen–letting you see more and respond faster. Navigate quickly and easily through menus and features with the new and unique BACKTRACK(TM) feature. BACKTRACK is a touch panel located on the other side of the device, offering you a new way to scroll through–the Web, texts, e-mails and news feeds without obscuring the home screen.
The truly original design allows BACKFLIP to create new ways to enjoy photos, music and more. In the reverse-flip, tabletop mode, listen to music or view videos hands free. The digital picture frame mode lets you show off your latest adventures. You can even turn BACKFLIP into a bedside alarm clock for your morning wake up call.
BACKFLIP comes fully equipped with the MOTOBLUR features you know and love. The full HTML browser on BACKFLIP’s 3.1″ high-res, touch display will be sure to impress, and, with 3G speed and Wi Fi access, you will never be out of the loop. Android Market(TM) gives you access to more than 18,000 apps and widgets, so you are free to customize BACKFLIP to your liking. Capture the moment with BACKFLIP’s 5 MP camera with flash and easily upload to your favorite photo sharing or social site. Additional extras such as a GPS and stereo Bluetooth make BACKFLIP the complete package.
Finally, MOTOBLUR provides end-users with convenience and peace of mind, as lost devices can be located from a secure personal information portal and even remotely erased if necessary. Then, one user name and password brings back your contacts, messages and connectivity to your previously configured networks and email providers.
BACKFLIP with MOTOBLUR will be available in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia beginning in Q1 2010. For specific regional availability and pricing, contact your local Motorola representative. To experience BACKFLIP, please visit http://www.motorola.com/backflip.
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