Motorola Backflip Android smart phone review

The Motorola BACKFLIP is the first Android based smart phone available in the AT&T line-up and while it isn’t exactly cutting edge, it still has some interesting features, foremost of which is the Motorola BACKFLIP‘s uncommon design with the screen and keyboard remaining on the outside when the phone is flipped close. Below we take a look at all the features of the Motorola BACKFLIP and try to decide whether the back flip works or is just a soon to be forgotten quirky mobile.

Lets go with the technical specifications for the Motorola BACKFLIP cellphone first, amongst its various features the following are those which we deemed worthy of mention: quad-band GSM as well as tri-band WCDMA with 3G through HSPA, Wi-Fi, a-GPS, Bluetooth, a 3.5mm audio jack, 3.1″ HVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels and a 5 Mega Pixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash.

The Motorola BACKFLIP mobile phone comes with 2 GB of memory which can be expanded up to 32 GB using the micro SD/microSDHC compatible slot.

Well, first of all, its clear to see why someone would design a phone in what Motorola calls the reversy QWERTY flip form factor. The screen is always within reach and being a touchscreen phone you can often manage without the QWERTY keyboard whether its open or closed.

Next you can place the Motorola BACKFLIP smart phone on your desk or any other surface and sit back and watch movies (like a portable video player) or slideshows (like a digital photo frame) with the QWERTY keyboard open to prop it up.

The track-pad at the back of the screen in our opinion is mind boggling and does not entirely fit the package, perhaps it might work if there was no QWERTY keyboard but we did not particularly like it.

On the software side of things, the Motorola BACKFLIP cellphone runs Android OS version 1.5 but AT&T users can expect an update to version 2.1 sometime in the future. The Motorola BACKFLIP mobile phone also features MOTOBLUR which is Motorola‘s social network aggregation tool or application essentially and you can see updates from your friends and contacts via Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, etc in one place using MOTOBLUR.

All in all the Motorola BACKFLIP smart phone is not particularly bad and if you’re an AT&T user and are itching to give Android a go then you might want to try it but it does seem to us that the Motorola BACKFLIP cellphone is not the most desirable Android handset around (even from Motorola alone).

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