Motorola Flipout review

Can a lower price tag flip this phone up the popularity charts?

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Motorola Flipout review: Messaging

Fiddly is the word that springs to mind with messaging on the Motorola Flipout, sadly.

The screen does a reasonable job of showing SMS conversations, though the lack of size is an issue, as ever.

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There is a relatively large amount of space allocated to the keyboard, and while it's taller than usual, the width available is on a par with bigger smartphones.

So in theory, there's no reason the keyboard shouldn't give the best of its rivals a run for their money.

And, in practice, it isn't bad. The keys are individually raised, so they're relatively easy to find with a fingertip, and the number row is as large as the rest of the keys. There are Alt-key combinations for a lot of commonly used symbols, too.

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There's even a little navigation pad, which you can use to move around within longer texts in order to target an editing point.

But the keys aren't as responsive as we'd like, and our movement around them was slower than it should have been. Not perfect, by any means, but not too bad, then.

You don't have to use the physical keyboard, incidentally. If you don't want to flip it out, just tap a text entry box and you get an on-screen alternative.

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This is pretty small, and probably kiddy-sized hands will do better with it than we did. However, we still managed to tap away at a speed very similar to that we got with the physical keyboard after a fair bit of practising.

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.