Jan 07 AT 12:49 PM Clark Wimberly 16 Comments

Hands on the Motorola Backflip

Last night at the Pepcom event we got a quick chance to play with the new Motorola Backflip, a reverse flip phone featuring a keyboard on the back of the unit.

As you can see, it looks like a close sibling of the Cliq. It’s running Android 1.5 with Motoblur. At this time Motorola hasn’t announced a carrier but it looks like this thing might be headed to AT&T.

Thoughts? Any of you guys interested in this?

Clark is a developer living in Austin, Texas. He runs ClarkLab, a small web firm with his wife, Angie. He's a big fan of usability, standards, and clean design.

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  • http://twitter.com/tdh004 tdh004

    So now we can “butt text?” Forget butt dial, you put that thing in your pocket and pull out to all kinds of “l.kj;ljkhasdl;kj” being sent around.

    Any word on if “closing” the phone disables the keyboard? How accurate is the “touch pad” on the back? Is the screen touch as well, or just a regular screen with the pad in the back?

    • http://androidsandsheep.com Pearl

      I want to know too: is the screen also touch sensitive?

      • http://Website MrTremor

        I saw a demo video and it is a touch screen phone. Capacitive

  • rushdamian

    IMHO, the design looks cheap and unrefined. The trackpad behind the keyboard has me intrigued, though. Innovative design to say the least. Will reserve further judgement until I have a chance to play with it.

  • Ryan

    Looks like junk

  • http://inspireddays.blogspot.com/ DaniDannyDanielle

    That touchpad on the back looks shifty. But I buy with my eyes and that big keyboard is looking quite nice rightnow…

  • alex

    i was seeing how the touchpad would feel on my cliq and i think its more comfortable having the touch pad on the back of the keyboard… not the back of the screen

  • http://www.everything.com Ramon

    Hell no!! Too cheap for my taste.

  • http://Website Quasar

    I think it’s an ugly looking phone. I thought Motoblur was nice when I first saw it on the Cliq but now it just looks messy. I just got the N1, and it has everything I wanted (and didn’t want) in a phone. The design of the Backflip just wouldn’t work for me.

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  • http://Website Grid

    It looks good…touch screen, qwerty keypad and ….

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  • http://Website CJ

    Not even if it were free! Android 1.6? Really?! AT&T?

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  1. tdh004Guest 5 years ago

    So now we can “butt text?” Forget butt dial, you put that thing in your pocket and pull out to all kinds of “l.kj;ljkhasdl;kj” being sent around.

    Any word on if “closing” the phone disables the keyboard? How accurate is the “touch pad” on the back? Is the screen touch as well, or just a regular screen with the pad in the back?

  2. rushdamianGuest 5 years ago

    IMHO, the design looks cheap and unrefined. The trackpad behind the keyboard has me intrigued, though. Innovative design to say the least. Will reserve further judgement until I have a chance to play with it.

  3. RyanGuest 5 years ago

    Looks like junk

  4. DaniDannyDanielleGuest 5 years ago

    That touchpad on the back looks shifty. But I buy with my eyes and that big keyboard is looking quite nice rightnow…

  5. i was seeing how the touchpad would feel on my cliq and i think its more comfortable having the touch pad on the back of the keyboard… not the back of the screen

  6. RamonGuest 5 years ago

    Hell no!! Too cheap for my taste.

  7. QuasarGuest 5 years ago

    I think it’s an ugly looking phone. I thought Motoblur was nice when I first saw it on the Cliq but now it just looks messy. I just got the N1, and it has everything I wanted (and didn’t want) in a phone. The design of the Backflip just wouldn’t work for me.

  8. CES10: Video del Motorola Backflip | TecnoBlogGuest 5 years ago

    [...] Hands on the Motorola Backflip (Android and [...]

  9. GridGuest 5 years ago

    It looks good…touch screen, qwerty keypad and ….

  10. Android and MeGuest 5 years ago

    [...] to see Motorola shake things up with some innovative form factors. First we got the Backflip (see hands on video) which featured a reverse flip keyboard and now we have the [...]

  11. AT&T Motorola Backflip could launch in March for under $99 – Android and MeGuest 5 years ago

    [...] most interesting feature of the phone will be its reverse flip keyboard (watch our hands on video). Since the camera is mounted on the keyboard, it faces the user when it is flipped open. This [...]

  12. CJGuest 5 years ago

    Not even if it were free! Android 1.6? Really?! AT&T?

  13. Game scopeGuest 5 years ago

    [...] to see Motorola shake things up with some innovative form factors. First we got the Backflip (see hands on video) which featured a reverse flip keyboard and now we have the [...]

  14. Motorola is about to deliver a Devour and Backflip combo | Android and MeGuest 2 years ago

    [...] that it is still too much considering the Backflip will be running Android 1.5 on hardware (ignoring the unique keyboard) that mirrors the Motorola Cliq. This isn’t exactly an auspicious leadoff hitter for Android [...]