The Flipout definitely will not be developed as the milestone, we noticed the paint was scraped away a tiny bit by wear and tear, although our review sample was not brand new unit.
Despite the small size of the key, with five line QWERTY keyboard is hassle free. Even the buttons are small we had no trouble typing, though anyone who has chunky fingers might not find the experience quite so slippery. Less successful is the four-way controller. Located at the bottom left, the keyboard, it is in a difficult position and far too small to use comfortably. There’s also a virtual keyboard.
In Flipout, Motorola has seemingly targeted the youth market, highlighted by the interchangeable back. Our review unit came with a rather garish orange, but you can choose from black, red, pink and blue.
Motorola Flipout: The interface
Android running 2.1 (no news on when the update is due Android 2.2), choose from seven homescreens, each with customizable widgets and apps from the Android Marketplace. Supports multitouch, pinch to zoom in and steal to move between pages, touch command is effective, whether as responsive as we’d like to 2.8inch screen.
But the highlight of the social networking Flipout portal Motoblur 1.5. DEXT first seen in this fantastic feature allows you to sync Google, Picasa, Bebo, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Gmail and Microsoft Exchange account. RSS feed with two widgets, Happenings and messages, as well as a single list of contacts. It is completely customizable so you can opt out from friends especially self-indulgent updated.
Additionally Motoblur backs up your information away, so you can easily restore contacts and messages. Additionally you can delete your phone away if it gets stolen and even find it by GPS. All the great features that you would expect to find in mid-range handsets it.
Motorola Flipout: connectivity and Multimedia
Flipout is indeed full of surprises. get you WiFi (N), Bluetooth 2.1 and AGPS for Google Maps, which locks into a satellite pretty quickly. CrystalTalkTM PLUS adds a second microphone to improve the quality of the call. We can not say it was crystal clear, although the call sound clearer and then the milestone.
Our biggest complaint is the screen. With 320×240 resolution is too low and hence the screen just is not sharp enough, some of its relatively small size and browsing is far from a stunning experience, as well as the small screen is best for short video clip . Elsewhere you get support for Flash Lite.
With a 3MP camera, but no flash, so the camera is really best for the issuance Shots, where it makes a reasonable stab. With only 150MB internal memory, you must ensure that the 2GB MicroSD card installed to take a picture. Music fans will appreciate the addition of a 3.5mm jack.
By calling on average, texting and browsing we got our second day from Flipouts battery, which is not bad at all, although it has more multimedia use would drop. Battery Manager is a nice touch, letting you choose between three options of power management.
Motorola Flipout: Conclusion
The Flipout is a tremendous handset. It has all the hallmarks of the handset for the youth market: interchangeable back, powerful social networking and even a Motoblur Data Mode which allows users keep track of PAYG credit. But it also offers features usually would find in the high-end models such as the milestone, including the ‘N’ WiFi, full QWERTY keyboard and support Exchange.
The pokey, low-res screen and cheap build meaning that it is not a rival to Motorola or HTC Legend XT720 milestone, looked at more as a rival compact Android handsets of Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini and Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro.
If social networking is your basic needs from a handset and you want a full QWERTY keyboard for messaging, the Motorola Flipout is for you. For browsing, photos and videos to look elsewhere.