The flip phone could be back with the Motorola Backflip. Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn review its 3.1" touch screen, full keyboard, Android OS and reverse hinge mechanism which comes free with a contract.
What You Need to Know
- The phone is only .6” thick.
- It has a 3.1” touch screen.
- It runs Android 1.5, which can be upgraded to 2.1.
- There’s a full QWERTY keyboard on the back of the phone.
- The idea of flipping your screen backwards takes a little getting used to.
- The overall feel of the phone falls on the cheap side, especially the keyboard, which feels like low grade plastic and lacks any real definition of the keys.
- Motoblur takes all of your social networking accounts and e-mail addresses and allows you to view real time updates right on your home screen; it works to a degree, but isn't very robust.
- The screen itself is fine for the most part, but the phone is a little on the laggy side, like when taking a picture and messaging it.
- Also, the Backflip includes a touchpad on the back of the screen called the Backtrack, which for the most part, is useless; it's located where your fingers naturally rest while typing, causing undesired selections at times.
- You can fold the screen to table-top mode for browsing the net and watching videos.
- The phone has a 5 megapixel camera, the Android Market, and web browsing (no Flash).
- The camera, while taking nice pictures, was a little laggy, and occasionally caused itself to force close; at one point the entire phone restarted itself.
- Android Market works like you'd expect, as always, giving you access to thousands of apps.
- Web browsing was not the best on the small screen, especially because the default browser lacks any pinch-to-zoom features.
- Overall, this phone is not our favorite of the recent Androids we've seen.
- Free with a contract.
- 3 Seals of Approval Out of 5 (How do we rate gadgets?)
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