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Motorola Backflip

Motoblur software

Size

Display

Back view

Keyboard

Backtrack

Right side

A view from the top

Picture quality

The Motorola Backflip is AT&T's first Google Android device. It will be available starting March 7 for $99.99 with a two-year contract and after a $100 main-in rebate.
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Like the Motorola Cliq and Devour, the Backflip uses Motoblur software, which helps merge information from various e-mail accounts and social networking sites. Motoblur also includes home-screen widgets that can stream new status updates, messages, and RSS newsfeeds.
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The Backflip looks a lot like the Cliq from the front, sharing the same rectangular shape and rounded edges. However, it's a bit smaller at 4.25 inches tall by 2.08 inches wide by 0.6 inch thick.
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The Motorola Backflip features a 3.1-inch HVGA capacitive touch screen. It's not quite as vibrant as some other Android devices we've seen, and it's a bit on the smaller side.
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The Backflip's design is the most interesting thing about the phone. The QWERTY keyboard is actually on back of the phone, and you can see the camera lens and flash tucked into the corner there. Though Motorola says the keyboard is strong enough to endure being exposed like this, we're curious to see what it will really look like after months of use.
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The keyboard swings down so it sits right below the touch screen. The buttons are a good size and the layout is quite spacious, so we had minimal problems typing messages. We only wish that the keys were slightly more domed like the Cliq's so they're easier to distinguish and press.
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Behind the display, you'll find something called the Backtrack. It's essentially a trackpad and lets you scroll through lists, photos, menus, and home screens by swiping your finger across the Backtrack. It works fine, but admittedly, it's a bit awkward since you have to reach around behind the display to access it.
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On the right side, you'll find a volume rocker, a Micro-USB port, and a camera activation/capture button.
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The top of the phone houses the power/lock button and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
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We were impressed that the entry-level Motorola Backflip had a 5-megapixel camera, but we were disappointed when we saw the picture quality. Also, the camera app was quite sluggish and caused our phone to spontaneously reboot.
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