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Motorola Flipout review

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Motorola Flipout review: Interface

Motorola seems quite keen on Android 2.1 having opted for that with the Defy as well as the Flipout. Really, we think Moto should bite the bullet and get with version 2.2 - but sadly it now looks like that won't happen.

In fact the Defy and the Flipout share a lot in terms of user interface look and feel, it's just that the Flipout screen measures a squished 2.8 inches and offers 320 x 240 pixels while the Defy is a more conventional 3.7 inches and 480 x 854 pixels.

What a difference the size variation makes.

Motorola's Android's skin has been tweaked a little to fit the screen size. For example each of the seven Home screens has its Menu, Call and Contacts buttons on the right edge instead of along the bottom.

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And when it comes to the dialler the call, recent calls and add contact buttons are on the left of the number pad.

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But you can still populate the seven Home screens with widgets. The smaller screen space means you can't get as many as you might like on a single screen, and those that take up a full screen can feel squished. Take the AccuWeather weather widget for example.

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Where you notice the screen squeeze the most, though, is in lists and suchlike. The menu screen shows a smaller array than usual of apps, and menus show fewer choices than usual. All this means you need to do more scrolling.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Service ProviderAT&T
Input MethodQWERTY, Touchscreen
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory512 MB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SAR Value0.62 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 1900
Rear Camera Resolution3.2 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleSwivel
ColourBlue
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameMotorola
Battery Talk Time5 Hour
Product ModelMotorola Flipout
Screen Size7.1 cm (2.8")
Screen Resolution320 x 240
Weight (Approximate)110 g
Processor ManufacturerTexas Instruments
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.1 Eclair
Messaging TypeEmail, Instant Messaging, SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height67 mm
Width67 mm
Depth16 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time11278.08 Hour
ManufacturerMotorola, Inc
Product NameMotorola Flipout Smartphone
Processor Speed600 MHz
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberATTFLIPOUTBLU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.motorola.com/uk
Marketing Information

MOTOROLA FLIPOUT with MOTOBLUR is a compact smartphone with a touch screen that rotates, exposing a full QWERTY keypad. And while everyone's talking about its cool design, its insides will be busy using MOTOBLUR, a service that syncs your friends, messages and more with continuous updates and back-ups.