Motorola BACKFLIP

AKA: Motorola MB300, Motus, Enzo

Available at: Telus

7/10 AVG.
RATING
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Although the Motorola BACKFLIP provides customers a glimpse into the power of Android, the experience is somewhat less tasteful as there are still some decisions that hinder it from truly becoming triumphant in making Android’s presence known on AT&T. - PhoneArena Team, PhoneArena  
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Reviews summary

7/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 6 reviews

It wasn’t that long ago that some cell phone pundits had written off Motorola as a major player in the industry. The introduction of the Backflip may prove some of them wrong.

The Backflip offers up an honest and modern cell phone experience, meeting all the new baselines set by demanding, savvy customers, including a large touch screen, a powerful Android operating system, and a variety of new ways to use the device not previously available.

One example is that the Backflip offers a track pad on the back of the screen, where you can actually control the front display simply by moving your finger. This makes for a comfortable navigation experience and a creative alternative to the heretofore idea that touching the screen directly was the only way to interact with it.

Motorola has found an interesting way to keep the thickness of the Backflip to a minimum by using a design which, when closed, actually exposes the full QWERTY keypad as the back of the phone. While this may seem shocking to some, shocking can be good, as it breaks new ground and provides a viable architecture that solves a thickness problem without creating a new one. Also, when closed, the rear, exposed QWERTY keypad remains inactive, so you won’t have to worry about accidentally touching a key that connects you with a foreign embassy or your ex-girlfriend. And we know how awkward that can be.

When opened, the spacious QWERTY keypad lights up, making texting a delight, and you can adjust the keyboard brightness. The keypad is effective and holds its own among many other devices, but lacks the subtle, hyper-engineered, contoured keys one finds on a BlackBerry.

The overall size of the Motorola Backflip is comparable to most popular touch screen phones, and slimmer than some.

As for specs, the Backflip is powerful and quick. It can render web pages quickly, in both portrait and landscape mode, the capacitive touch interface also offers haptic feedback, so you know you hit the correct button, and the resolution, while not best in class, is respectable. It also offers a 5 megapixel camera, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a number of dedicated keys that allow one-touch access to the Internet, home screen, search, etc.

The Backflip is a powerful device that offers users access to everything they need, from email and internet access, to tremendous customization and of course, a myriad of applications via the Android app store.

If you feel like taking a second look at Motorola, take a look at the Backflip.

Specs summary

Screen
3.1"

The Motorola BACKFLIP's screen is 3.1 inches with 320 x 480 pixels resolution.

Processor
528MHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM7201A 528 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 2.1 Eclair operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There's no secondary front camera.
Storage
2 GB

Internal memory is 2 GB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1400mAh

The phone is powered by a 1400 mAh Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Motorola's performance ratings are: 13 days standby time, 350 minutes talk time.

Prices (Where to Buy)

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Reviews summary

7/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 6 reviews

It wasn’t that long ago that some cell phone pundits had written off Motorola as a major player in the industry. The introduction of the Backflip may prove some of them wrong.

The Backflip offers up an honest and modern cell phone experience, meeting all the new baselines set by demanding, savvy customers, including a large touch screen, a powerful Android operating system, and a variety of new ways to use the device not previously available.

One example is that the Backflip offers a track pad on the back of the screen, where you can actually control the front display simply by moving your finger. This makes for a comfortable navigation experience and a creative alternative to the heretofore idea that touching the screen directly was the only way to interact with it.

Motorola has found an interesting way to keep the thickness of the Backflip to a minimum by using a design which, when closed, actually exposes the full QWERTY keypad as the back of the phone. While this may seem shocking to some, shocking can be good, as it breaks new ground and provides a viable architecture that solves a thickness problem without creating a new one. Also, when closed, the rear, exposed QWERTY keypad remains inactive, so you won’t have to worry about accidentally touching a key that connects you with a foreign embassy or your ex-girlfriend. And we know how awkward that can be.

When opened, the spacious QWERTY keypad lights up, making texting a delight, and you can adjust the keyboard brightness. The keypad is effective and holds its own among many other devices, but lacks the subtle, hyper-engineered, contoured keys one finds on a BlackBerry.

The overall size of the Motorola Backflip is comparable to most popular touch screen phones, and slimmer than some.

As for specs, the Backflip is powerful and quick. It can render web pages quickly, in both portrait and landscape mode, the capacitive touch interface also offers haptic feedback, so you know you hit the correct button, and the resolution, while not best in class, is respectable. It also offers a 5 megapixel camera, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a number of dedicated keys that allow one-touch access to the Internet, home screen, search, etc.

The Backflip is a powerful device that offers users access to everything they need, from email and internet access, to tremendous customization and of course, a myriad of applications via the Android app store.

If you feel like taking a second look at Motorola, take a look at the Backflip.

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Reviews (7/10 Avg. rating)

Creative design balances style and function

from Wired (over 4 years ago)

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. The phone opens like a reverse... More

  5/10

The BACKFLIP can attract customers that have been stuck on the mindset of seeing the iPhone OS as the carrier’s flagship platform

from PhoneArena (over 4 years ago)

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... More

  8/10

The Motorola BACKFLIP is like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

from MobileBurn (over 4 years ago)

For me, the Motorola BACKFLIP is like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The good doctor, which represents the top half of the device, offers a good touchscreen experience and a nice user interface that is heavily focused on social networking and messaging. I love it. Mr. Hyde's temperamental keyboard design... More

The Backflip from Motorola is not going to score a perfect 10 from any judge that I know

from Phone Scoop (over 4 years ago)

The form factor is odd for no good reason at all, though the larger keyboard and solid design help a little bit. Only time will tell whether or not people take to the backwards clamshell design. The keyboard is strong, large, and the keys have good travel and feedback. The lack of any shape to... More

Interesting design, and that's about it.

(over 3 years ago)

I'm a huge lover of the Android platform and when I saw the opportunity to buy a new and unlocked version of this phone, which caught my eye because of it's awesome design, I jumped on it. Customs slapped eighty dollars on top of it (I bought it from the States) but I thought, whatever, two... More

  6/10

A GREAT 1ST PHONE!!!!!

(over 4 years ago)

I've had my backflip for just over a week and a half. I couldn't be more happy and I have a great plan with TELUS! PROS: * 5 customizable backgrounds * easily to access the internet but it won't happen accidently! * easy to text on keyboard and on the screen itself * tons of apps to be... More

  9/10

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