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Motorola BACKFLIP review

Motorola BACKFLIP review
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Retail Price: RM 1,325
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The Motorola BACKFLIP, which combines the social saviness and personalization of MOTOBLUR with the multitasking performance of a smart phone.
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Review On : Motorola BACKFLIP
June 7, 2011

Written by Odie

Translated by Loh Ving Sung


07 June 2011 – The Motorola BackFlip is an Android phone with a flip-out full physical QWERTY keyboard. The Android OS 1.5 (Cupcake) is customised with Motorola’s MotoBlur UI. It was launch back in October 2010 on Maxis. Let’s take a look at the device and see what it has to offer.
Exterior, Controls and Screen

At first glance Motorola’s BackFlip looks like a standard candybar phone with a keyboard, expect instead of a slide-out keyboard we are accustomed to, the QWERTY keyboard is the back of the phone. This means the keyboard will literally rest on the table when you put it down. The QWERTY keyboard can be flipped forward for use, like its namesake.

After flipping out the keyboard, you can access the touchpad right behind the screen. This gives you the option to type on the keyboard with your thumbs, and leaves your index fingers free to navigate the phone. Flipping out the phone will automatically switch the screen into landscape mode. There is an onboard accelerometer for auto-rotation. With the flip-out keyboard, the device is expected to be thick and heavy.

Touchpad aside, the smarpthone comes with a 3.1-inch touchscreen displaying 320 x 480 pixels. The touchscreen is made from tough, scratch-proof Gorilla Glass made to withstand punishment. There are three touch buttons at the bottom of the touchscreen – a main menu button, a home button, and a back/cancel button.

Under the hood, there’s a 528MHz Qualcomm processor with 256RAM. There is 32GB microSD slot and 512MB Internal memory.

When the phone is closed, the right side of the phone has the volume rocker, a micro-USB jack and the quick Camera button. The power/standby button lies on top of the phone, with the 3.5-mm headphone jack. The hinge for the flip is on the left side of the phone meanwhile the camera is integrated within the keyboard which is essentially the back of the phone.

Meanwhile, the keyboard is rubberised which is handy considering that is the side the phone is resting on. The rubber keys were large but had trouble registering our inputs, as it was difficult to push in.

Software, Applications and Games


The Motorola BackFlip comes with Android 1.5 (Cupcake), released back in April 2009, which can be upgraded to Android 2.1 (Eclair). We were treated to Android 1.5, so expect Google services like Gmail, and Google Maps. The preloaded Google browser allows you to open up 10 tabs when browsing, and the browser has zoom in/out touch buttons to enlarge and shrink the page you are viewing.

Android Cupcake does not support multitouch, but Motorola threw in the custom MotoBlur UI. The UI is Designed for social networking junkies, with links to all your favourite social networks. There are also 'live' widgets to help make the homescreen animated.

Camera, Video and Audio


The flip design of the phone allows you to easily take self-portrait shots, with the onboard 5-megapixel camera. Leaving the keyboard in its original position will allow you to take standard photos. The picture quality is much better outdoors, but the indoor shots were not clear. The camera allows you to record videos too.

Connectivity


There are plenty of connectivity options on the Motorola BackFlip - HSDPA 7.2Mbps, EDGE, GPRS, and WiFi 802.11 b/g. There’s Bluetooth 2.1 A2DP as well.

Verdict


The Motorola BackFlip has an RRP of RM1699, but we only recommend the device to the text-heavy or social networking crowd. While the phone does come with an interesting design, we have trouble looking past its dated Android UI and the lack of multitouch. Although the hardware specs are within the mid-end range, we feel for that price you can easily opt for a device with a newer Android platform that comes with better features.


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