Excerpt: The TELUS Motorola BACKFLIP will be launching soon and tight off the top I love how unique it is. Compared to the other flip phones that are on the market, and even compared to the other MOTOBLUR devices such as the Quench and Dext that will be released soon… the BACKFLIP is really one to consider. Many features are unique such as the way that the keyboard flips open from reverse of what we’re used to.
Excerpt: Another Android-powered device has landed in Canada – this time it’s the Motorola BACKFLIP. This can be yours on the following plans through TELUS: 3-year contract: $99.99 (Promo with a min. $50 voice & data plan) 2-year contract: $299.99 1-year contract: $349.99 No-contract: $399.99 The BACKFLIP currently has Android OS 1.5 (possible an upgrade to 2.1 in the future) and has Motorola’s MOTOBLUR, a 3.1-inch HVGA display (resolution of 320 x 480), 5 megapixel camera with...
Summary: I always like seeing innovation in gadget design. Sometimes new designs catch on and sometimes they don't. While I'm not about to put money on Motorola Backflip's reverse-folding, rear-mounted trackpad concept catching fire in the wireless world, I actually think it's kind of cool and kind of handy after a near-week of testing.
Excerpt: The Motorola Backflip is one of the newest Android releases by Motorola. The USPs of the Backflip are the unique slider design and the integrated social networking features in the MotoBLUR UI.
Summary: My feelings about the
are mixed. It has some nice features, like the Backtrack navigation pad, the nice keyboard, and a fairly good camera, but those good features are heavily outweighed by the slow processor and sub-par voice quality and signal strength.
The Backflip isn't a bad device, but it isn't a great one either. There are plenty of better options out there, most notably the HTC Incredible offered by Verizon Wireless.
Pros: Cool touchpad navigator panel behind the screen, Nice Keyboard, Fairly good camera
Cons: Slow processor, Short battery life, Very poor call quality, Difficulties getting a strong enough signal to place calls or surf the Web
Review: Motorola Backflip (AT&T) – Our First-Ever Do Not Buy Rating
4 May 2010
Excerpt: We have taken the bold step today of saying that you shouldn’t buy a phone. Read more to find out why the Motorola Backflip, and AT&T’s policy on Android phones, has driven us to this important decision. We’ve been reviewing our review policies , and today are introducing four new ratings that will replace our five point scale. And, they are: Top Pick, Good Buy, Mediocre, to Do Not Buy.
Conclusion: The Motorola Backflip is a unique and interesting phone for sure, but there are much better examples of Android out there today. The phone is running Android 1.5, and supposedly it’s upgradable, but I haven’t seen it happen yet. The phone is slow and sluggish, and just underpowered overall. It feels like it can’t really run the interface, there’s a lot of lag and I experienced many crashes of Moto Blur, which is supposedly a selling point of the phone.
Pros: Seems well made, Interesting design, Android on AT&T, Decent call quality, Good battery life, Nice big keyboard
Cons: Crashes/Errors often for some reason, Odd backflip style, Yahoo search?!, AT&T junk installed, Rather slow overall
Conclusion: We can almost hear some users say thinking out of the box is overrated. We understand that and – more importantly – the Motorola BACKFLIP can get over people doubting it. It’s a bold design, eccentric indeed, but it works. The Motorola BACKFLIP will tease you to give it a try. Though obviously not everyone’s cup of tea, it has what it takes to sustain that interest.
Pros: Unique form factor and sturdy build quality, Quad-band GSM and quad-band 3G support (7.2 Mbps HSDPA), 3.1" 256K-color 320x480 pixel capacitive touchscreen, Android OS v1.5 (upgradeable to later versions) with MOTOBLUR UI and Live Widgets, Folding four-row QWERTY keyboard, BACKTRACK touchpad at the back of the screen, Qualcomm MSM7201A 528 MHz processor; 256 MB of RAM, 5 MP autofocus camera with LED flash and geotagging, CIF (352 × 288 pixel) video recording @ 30fps, W...
Cons: Poor sunlight legibility, No multi-touch, One-finger zoom works only on the BACKTRACK touchpad, No smart and voice dialing, Limited camera features, lens on the QWERTY keyboard, No free GPS navigation solution, No Flash support for the web browser, No FM radio, No DivX and XviD video playback, Below par audio quality
Conclusion: Unlike Verizon’s plunge into Android, AT&T has decided to go with a less than magnificent entourage with their dive. It’s not to say that the Motorola BACKFLIP might not be garnered as the flagship Android device we would’ve envisioned, but it’s uniqueness in various aspects meticulously elevates it to a higher platform for AT&T customers that have been Android-less.