Motorola have clearly been experimenting with new form factors lately; the Backflip has been given a super responsive 3.1 inch HVGA touch screen and a full QWERTY keyboard. The phone runs Google 1.5 version of the mobile optimised Android operating system and relies on Motorola’s intuitive MotoBlur interface for a feature-full user experience. Motorola have equipped the Backflip with a digital camera, FM radio and full a multimedia hub which covers music, video, photos and games and the 528MHz processor will handle all of your requests at super speed.
The wacky design of the phone is all thanks to Motorola’s design team. The Backflip has a very responsive, capacitive LCD display which is capable of multi touch control, you can make use of the in-built accelerometer and flip the phone horizontally for access to the flip out keyboard which has been mounted via a double flip hinge; this means the keyboard is always on display on the back of the phone. When you are using the keyboard with your thumbs your fingers have access to the Backtrack pad which is located on the back of the keyboard; it allows you to navigate around the interface while in messaging mode without clogging the screen up with your fingers.
Though the Backflip is only running Android 1.5 (Cupcake) Motorola have promised to make the Android 2.1 (Éclair) operating system available as an update in the near future. The awesome MotoBlur overlay integrates information from multiple social network accounts with your home screen and contacts; the home screen also allows access to the Happenings widget, live news feeds and a selection of applications which you can choose. With the platform being Google based a number of Google applications have been pre-installed; Google Talk has been thrown in to cover IM (instant messaging), Gmail is part of the e-mail client and Google Maps will get you to where your going, another popular Google based service is YouTube which has been fully integrated into the software allowing you to check out your favourite clips and upload some of your own whenever you like.
The Motorola Backflip benefits from a selection of online services, but these services wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the reliable 3G network coverage and high speed Wi Fi connectivity, the phone utilises a full HTML web browser which boasts some clever navigation tools which work well in collaboration with the capacitive touch screen. The device enables full management of all the popular social network providers, the likes of MySpace, Facebook and Twitter can be accessed direct from the main messaging hub which includes an e-mail section and an IM client which both enable alternative online communications via popular names like Hotmail Yahoo! Chat and MSN Messenger.
An intricate camera system has been built-in to the Backflip; the 5MP digital lens will help produce quality still images for you to share online, the video recorder will capture high resolution clips at about 24fps and as previously mentioned they can also be uploaded to your favourite sharing sites. The music player will do a great job of keeping you music library organized and the speakers are pretty good and deliver a bass-full sound, the 3.5mm audio jack lets you listen privately and the memory can be expanded up to 32GB thanks to the microSD slot.
The Motorola Backflip hosts tons of smartphone technology and its oozing with style thanks to the vibrant MotoBlur interface. The Android platform does a pretty good job of smoothing out the lines and giving its user a fluid experience throughout. The browser will allow you to fulfil your daily online chores no the go and you needn’t rush home to check you social network accounts as the Backflip is fully integrated with them all.