The Motorola Flipout has a unique design. It’s square but literally flips open to reveal a 5-row QWERTY keyboard. Last week we took a quick look at the hardware and found that the Flipout did pass the erratic test with flying colours. I think the main question you should have with this device is if it’ll be able to stand continually flipping the device open over the next several years.
When it comes to the Android OS, the Flipout has 2.1 so it’s actually advanced compared to other Rogers Android devices. In addition, this comes with Motorola’s MOTOBLUR where you can stream your Facebook, Twitter, Flickr straight on to your home screen. The good thing about the Flipout is that it’s easy to use. If you want to put programs/apps on to the homepage – or any of the other customizable screens – all you have to do is simply drag it and release. Using the 2.8-inch touchscreen display (resolution of 320×240) is responsive. When you choose to use the virtual QWERTY keyboard to type you might find it a bit frustrating because it’s a bit small. This is when the 5-row QWERTY keyboard comes into play. At first I thought it might be a bit tight (specifically the space bar) but after a few days of use it turns out the physical keyboard works incredibly well. Typing was a breeze on it. However, I never used the directional pad and feel this could have been eliminated to add more space to include other important buttons.
Taking pictures came out nice. It’s got a 3 megapixel camera and no flash. One way to get over the lack of flash is to use the “Kodak Perfect Touch” that enhances the picture for you. The video quality came out really pixelated but the sound quality was impressive. The Flipout can hold up to 32Gb with a microSD card. No issues with call quality or reception during the review.
The specs of the Flipout are all there and the price plans are somewhat affordable. Overall the Flipout could be a good first device and a first Android, but you’ve got to think long-term with this one… mainly because it’s fashionable now but won’t be in a few months. Check out the full video review here (more…)