Summary: You might find the Motorola Backflip to be ordinary-looking at first glance. The device comes with the usual 3.2-inch capacitive screen and three touch panels below it. Top it off with the usual volume buttons at the side, a 3.5mm audio port paired with the power button at the top, and you would...
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.
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.
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.
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 th...
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, Be...
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...
Summary: At $99, the price is right but too much else is wrong. Although we like the Motoblur interface and appreciate that Motorola is trying to push the form factor envelope, ultimately the Backflip is more confusing than exciting.
Excerpt: It’s about time Motorola did something crazy. The Cliq was predictably sleek. The Droid was pragmatically chunky. But AT&T’s new Backflip is just … odd. At first glance the touchscreen channels the Cliq, but flipping it over reveals an exposed QWERTY keyboard.
Pros: Creative design balances style and function. MicroSD port lets you pack it full of tunes. Supports Android Marketplace for app downloads. QWERTY keys are large, easy to use. Beefy hinge keeps the phone from swinging around wildly. 5-MP camera (with flash!) takes decent pictures. Charges through m...
Cons: One of the weakest Android offerings to date. Replaces Android’s Google search with Yahoo. Underpowered and responds at a glacial pace while multitasking. Filled with AT&T-branded bloatware. Flimsy battery door. Screen is too small for its icon-heavy UI.
Conclusion: The Motorola Backflip will either have you doing backflips or calling it the "Backflop". We can't and shouldn't try to change your mind since design is akin to personal statement these days.
Pros: An Android phone with a keyboard and solid features for a nice price. Unique design.
Cons: Battery life is never great with MOTOBLUR. Unique design either captivates or deters. AT&T bloatware-- will they never stop?!