Mar 07 AT 3:41 PM Clark Wimberly 21 Comments

Motorola Backflip on sale now

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Are you in the market for an incredibly wacky form factor running an outdated version of Android underneath a custom user interface that’s had Google search stripped out? Then you’re in luck.

The Motorola Backflip went on sale through the AT&T website and represents the first glimpse of Android for the carrier. The device is running Android 1.5 but you’d be hard pressed to notice that on the AT&T product page. In fact it doesn’t even say which version it’s running:

Seriously, that.

Sometimes you guys think we give certain phones too hard a time but we think a unified front is going to be a key factor in the success of Android. So decisions like these (dated OS, custom UI, no Google) really fail to get me excited about a device.

That being said, any of our users purchase or planning to pick up one of these phones? Any readers AT&T customers that were just waiting for an Android device to buy?

Via: Engadget

Source: AT&T

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://Website droidwolf

    How can they even call that an android phone?

    • http://Website Dustadorre

      ummm…because whether you like it or not it is running the Android OS…

    • http://4x6carspeakers.com Sheena

      Actually, it looks…well…cool. I actually thought that backward folding was a stupid idea…but Motorola’s design team is killer. ALL of their recent devices hae made a STATEMENT, whether or not everyone particulary enjoyed Motorola’s specific implementation of it. Reactions: http://bit.ly/moto-backflip-viewed-again

  • http://Website rolex

    That phone freakin SUCKS!!!!

  • http://Website manly man

    Fail and at&t go hand and hand!

  • http://Website Ramon

    I would wait before buying it ..i might get it for a kid tho

  • http://Website Hans

    Fail. No default Google? Psh.

  • http://Website James

    Haha. Gotta love that opening paragraph.

    It sucks alright.

  • http://Website waximus

    Should come as no surprise why att stripped Google from the phone, well because of apples iphone. I’m sure apple had something to do with it.

  • http://Website Jack

    I’m an AT&T customer…and I really really really want an Android phone. BUT I’ll wait…

  • http://Website halloweener

    WHHHYYYYY are all the handset makers so feverishly fixated on 1.5? is it easier/ cheaper to implement or support? are they ignorant that it has expired? I genuinly want to know.

    • http://www.mattdemers.com MattDemers

      “is it easier/ cheaper to implement or support?”

      There you go.

  • http://Website charrion

    I’m actually more curious to know whether it is rootable and can load custom roms or if it is locked with a digitally signed bootloader like the European and Canadian Milestones.

    • http://Website Shanej

      With it being a motorola phone it will be unrootable. In a related article there was a quote from motorola saying that the droid will be the only rootable device.

  • ryansk

    Well, though I had a friend talked out of this phone, but he told me today he decided to buy one. Guess WalMart has the phone for free, and you receive a $50 Visa gift card, which he “couldn’t pass up.”

    Two years with an awful phone just because it’s “free?” Pass.

  • http://Website Telemaniaka

    They really ruined the phone, and it actually looked interesting….

    BUT!!! Lets look it from another side, striping Google from what is perceived as Googles mobile OS shows just how customizable and open the platform is. This will get even more carriers/manufacturers/customers interested, leading to an even wider adoption of Android.

    So I say let them have their disformed old android. It’s our win in the end.

  • http://buhbomp.com Jef Cashless

    Anyone even remotely interested in buying this piece of Apple manipulated crapware should take a look at this:

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=643742

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  • http://www.nooksurfer.com NookSurfer

    Which phone do you think the salesperson at At&T would be pushing to sell?

  • http://www.anveshreddy.com/ anvesh

    Just brought this one for free as an contract extension,decent phone to have.Tried Win mobile 6.5 iphone 3g,Android…am loving Android for its customizable ability!

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  1. droidwolfGuest 5 years ago

    How can they even call that an android phone?

    • DustadorreGuest 5 years ago

      ummm…because whether you like it or not it is running the Android OS…

    • SheenaGuest 5 years ago

      Actually, it looks…well…cool. I actually thought that backward folding was a stupid idea…but Motorola’s design team is killer. ALL of their recent devices hae made a STATEMENT, whether or not everyone particulary enjoyed Motorola’s specific implementation of it. Reactions: http://bit.ly/moto-backflip-viewed-again

  2. rolexGuest 5 years ago

    That phone freakin SUCKS!!!!

  3. manly manGuest 5 years ago

    Fail and at&t go hand and hand!

  4. RamonGuest 5 years ago

    I would wait before buying it ..i might get it for a kid tho

  5. HansGuest 5 years ago

    Fail. No default Google? Psh.

  6. JamesGuest 5 years ago

    Haha. Gotta love that opening paragraph.

    It sucks alright.

  7. waximusGuest 5 years ago

    Should come as no surprise why att stripped Google from the phone, well because of apples iphone. I’m sure apple had something to do with it.

  8. JackGuest 5 years ago

    I’m an AT&T customer…and I really really really want an Android phone. BUT I’ll wait…

  9. halloweenerGuest 5 years ago

    WHHHYYYYY are all the handset makers so feverishly fixated on 1.5? is it easier/ cheaper to implement or support? are they ignorant that it has expired? I genuinly want to know.

  10. charrionGuest 5 years ago

    I’m actually more curious to know whether it is rootable and can load custom roms or if it is locked with a digitally signed bootloader like the European and Canadian Milestones.

    • ShanejGuest 5 years ago

      With it being a motorola phone it will be unrootable. In a related article there was a quote from motorola saying that the droid will be the only rootable device.

  11. Well, though I had a friend talked out of this phone, but he told me today he decided to buy one. Guess WalMart has the phone for free, and you receive a $50 Visa gift card, which he “couldn’t pass up.”

    Two years with an awful phone just because it’s “free?” Pass.

  12. TelemaniakaGuest 5 years ago

    They really ruined the phone, and it actually looked interesting….

    BUT!!! Lets look it from another side, striping Google from what is perceived as Googles mobile OS shows just how customizable and open the platform is. This will get even more carriers/manufacturers/customers interested, leading to an even wider adoption of Android.

    So I say let them have their disformed old android. It’s our win in the end.

  13. Jef CashlessGuest 5 years ago

    Anyone even remotely interested in buying this piece of Apple manipulated crapware should take a look at this:

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=643742

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  15. NookSurferGuest 5 years ago

    Which phone do you think the salesperson at At&T would be pushing to sell?

  16. anveshGuest 5 years ago

    Just brought this one for free as an contract extension,decent phone to have.Tried Win mobile 6.5 iphone 3g,Android…am loving Android for its customizable ability!

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