Motorola Flipout review: Motorola Flipout

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CNET Editors' Rating

2.5 stars OK

Average User Rating

3 stars 10 user reviews
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The Good Android 2.1 OS. Interchangeable battery covers. Decent battery life.

The Bad Low quality display. Cramped QWERTY keyboard. Sometimes sluggish processing.

The Bottom Line Everything good about the Flipout is attributable to Google's Android and not Motorola. The handset design is novel but is more focused on style than the way we use our phones.

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It’s been a while since we’ve seen an intriguing gimmick, a design quirk to break the monotony of glossy black monoliths we see week in, week out. The opportunity to review the Flipout with its unique swivelling display should be cause for celebration, but the party ended pretty quickly.

Design

When we ripped the Flipout from its packaging, this quirky cube had so much promise. Its milky white battery cover and subtle grey logos are classic Motorola; a company that manages to deliver a stylish handset regardless of price. The real magic happens when you push on the edge of the screen, rotating it 90 degrees and exposing a full-QWERTY keyboard underneath. This is where the problems begin.

The keyboard is packed as tightly as can be, which is to be expected when you try and squash 45+ keys into a 6.5x6.5cm space. Each key is raised into a small hump and is taller than it is wide. This, of course, is the opposite to how our fingers are shaped, being wider than they are tall. The result is a very difficult keyboard to type on — your fingers will likely cover three keys at once and where typos are a frequent annoyance.

More troubling than the cramped keyboard is the low quality of the display Motorola has used in making this phone. The Flipout employs a 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen showing a QVGA resolution and it is a stinker. Not only do the logos and fonts look jagged, but the poor viewing angle of this display polarises the display even when the screen is only on a subtle angle to your eyes. The result is a poor-looking display giving the Flipout a decidedly cheap feel.

On the back of the Flipout is a 3.1-megapixel camera with a self-portrait mirror where you’d expect to find a flash. The SIM card slot is under the battery cover and there’s also a microSD card slot on the side, which Motorola has generously filled with a 2GB memory card. The phone’s charging and headphone sockets are separate, with a microUSB port on one side, and a 3.5mm headphone socket on another.

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Where to Buy

Motorola Flipout

Part Number: CNETMotorola Flipout

Typical Price: $299.00

See manufacturer website for availability.