Mobility Digest Quick Look: Motorola Backflip
Hey, I may be working hard to throw up all of Kristofer’s Quick Look Videos tonight, but I would hate to be him because he is going to have to write up all of the reviews for these! 🙂 Well, good for us because he has got his hands on the Android Powered Motorola Backflip from AT&T. This is little different that what we are used to seeing from a physical keyboard device, but I won’t go into it myself, I’ll let Kristofer show you. Check it out:
Pretty short but to the point. The AT&T Motorola Backflip is again powered by Android and I thought I would provide you with some of the specifications:
- Battery Capacity – 1380 mAh
- Weight – 4.7 ounces
- Size (inches) – 2.00 x 4.25 x 0.6 inches
- Internal memory storage – 512 NAND, 256MB RAM
- Expandable memory storage – 2GB up to 32GB
- Display size – 3.1" HVGA 256k TFT
- Resolution (pixels) – 480 x 320
- Camera – 5.0 megapixels 4x Zoom
You can head on over to AT&T to find out a little bit more about the Backflip and all of the loads of AT&T Bloatware you can expect as well. The AT&T Motorola Backflip will end up costing you $99.99 after a 2-year contract price of $199.99 and an instant $100.00 online discount. Remember this requires purchase of a $30/mo data service and a 2 year contract & new activation required.
CLICK HERE to head on over to AT&T
Based on what I’ve read this phone is a barely-get-the-job-done POS not just because of its underwhelming specs and of course the requisite AT&T bloatware but because AT&T just had to lock it down so you can’t install software not on the official market as you can with other Android phones. What the hell is that. Big surprise that AT&T would make such a decision.
This thing is a perfect illustration of David K’s annoying point that carriers will throw Android (Android 1.6 in this case) on anything that can process some zeros and ones, sullying the Google brand in the process — and then crap it up with their garbage and lock it down. An embarrassment. A step up only if your alternative device to buy for your little kid is one of those Sidekicks.
The only backflip associated with this phone is how when you get home and open it up you will flip on back to the store well in time before your buyers’ remorse period ends. If you’re AT&T or T-Mobile, get an N1; if you’re Verizon, get an Incredible or a Droid if you need the keyboard; if you’re Sprint, hang on a little longer for the EVO.
Dunno about that Apple fanboy up there.. I’m not going there today, I’ve got a headache already and that comment just made it worse..
about the Backflip though .. it’s not a bad little phone overall.. it can be slow at times, but it gets the job done.. I kinda like it, it grew on me after a couple weeks really.. using it now between testing phones..
who dis: Touche.
Kristofer: Like I said,a get the job done phone. Barely. Glad you like it kinda (the specs aren’t awful, just a bit too early 2009), but what specifically do you like? Is Android part of the answer?
Can that thing run Navigation?
“… carriers will throw Android (Android 1.6 in this case) on anything that can process some zeros and ones, sullying the Google brand in the process.”
Yeah I know what you mean and that sucks… no wait a second, I was thinking of the dark period in my life before I bought an iphone and an iMac. So no, I don’t know what you mean anymore.
You see, Apple Thought Differently about thinking differently in going free beer on their code and the result is a base of customers who, when in one of our fine stores, knows that, no matter what they pick out with Apple’s name on it with or without the help of the always-helpful Geniuses, they know they can’t go wrong. The Android name just doesn’t have that same effect anymore (well it never did now that I think of it), amirite?
As much as I should be bothered by Microsoft getting their mobile act together finally by copying us in hardware enforcement and quality control, my cousin owns a few MSFT shares (maybe to spite me?) and he’s otherwise a good guy so I’m not too pissed about it if these recent wise business decisions will help maximize his shareholder wealth enough to get himself new Shuffle. Or some AAPL shares.
Hey Doug Simmons, speaking of stocks, how are those Google shares doing lately? Still in the 600s?
navigation.. never tried, I’ve got a few dedicated GPS systems so I never bothered with it really.. and I’m not paying for ATT navigator..
what do I like, I like how it’s easy to use, which is because of android.. so yeah I like android.. but I do like my WinMo phones as well.. and at the moment I like the Kin Interface honestly, it’s unique and user friendly.. don’t believe the bad reviews of the Kin, it’s not bad really.. yeah it’s not smarthpone, but for what it is, it’s nice..