Motorola Flipout review

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Motorola Flipout review: Camera

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With just a three-megapixel camera and no flash on offer, things don't bode especially well for the Motorola Flipout in photographic terms. The main problem we encountered, though, was one of ergonomics.

To get the viewfinder to work using the full screen rather than a central column of it you have to flip out the keyboard. That's irritating, but even more annoying is that we found when we did this it was easy to put a finger over the lens.

That's because with the Motorola Flipout opened, the camera lens sits about halfway up the handset at the top of the sticking-out keyboard section – just where you want to put a finger for a solid no-drop hold.

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OUTDOORS: There's a certain blurred quality to this image, which we got in quite a lot of our shots. No, we weren't shaking the phone at the time, and we don't really know what was going on, but photos were pretty unsatisfactory as a result

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CONTRAST: Here's the blur again. And can you see how badly out of focus the bottom right section of the photo is?

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TOO DARK: Our main photography day was a bright crisp one, but the Motorola Flipout wasn't always keen on letting enough light in to take a decent photo

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COLOUR: When we got close to a subject, the results were reasonable in terms of colour – though again the focusing is dodgy

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NO LIGHT: In this dull, snowbound morning shot looking out from the warmth of indoors, you can see how little light the Motorola Flipout let in

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PANORAMA: The Motorola Flipout is capable of a six-shot panorama, automatically taking photos as you move the camera around. The final resolution is very, very thin and wide (9742 x 1014 pixels), and the stitching is pretty good. We had to wait ages for the processing to be completed, though, and on the phone the panorama looks like a thin strip of nothing. This is one photo you will have to take out of the handset to get a good look at

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.