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: 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.
Pros: The Motorola Backflip features a fresh design with a trackpad behind the display for navigating the phone. The Android device also offers a 5-megapixel camera, extra AT&T services, and the full spectrum of wireless options.
Cons: The Backflip is sluggish at times and spontaneously rebooted once during our review period. The smartphone is only running Android 1.5. Screen size is a bit small, and we worry about the keyboard's durability since it's exposed on the back.
Excerpt: The Motorola Backflip is an inexpensive smartphone with an unusual reverse-flip keyboard with an HVGA touchscreen and an large trackpad. Brighthand.com Correspondent Jen Edwards reviewed AT&T's only Android OS-based device.
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.
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 think the Backflip is as normal an Android device as you can get. Until, you flip it over and discover a physical QWERTY keyboard staring at you.
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.