Review on Motorola Backflip with Android v2.1

Motorola backflipDays are gone when you need to spend more than 20k INR to have a fully featured smartphone with Android O.S. Motorola hits the market with few best mobile handsets in medium range too. I would rather say it saves Motorola market in India. Motorola Milestone, Motorola Defy and Motorola backflip are to name a few (charm, quench etc are also there in the market).

Yesterday one of my friend Ritesh Kamal bought Motorola backflip. After seeing its sleek design and features and I became a good fan of Motorola too (this time Motorola attracted me rather than Nokia or Sony Ericson). It has very sexy look, easy to handle, 3 way navigation system, Android O.S.  v2.1 and can be upgraded to v2.2

The Motorola Backflip is a Touchscreen Android mobile phone with Reverse flip keyboard and Rear directional touch-pad.The reverse flip design puts the Motorola Backflip in table top mode and transforms it into a hands-free video player,Music player,Digital picture frame or alarm clock.
It  also features MOTOBLUR that lets you stream your emails and social networks into one feed. And with a secure server as a backup, you’ll never really lose it. Bad news for Indian customer is that Motoblur is not there in Indian Motorola backfliip handset. (But I didn’t find any difficulties even without that.)

Its costs 14,255 INR and trust me its worthy for that.  I liked few features in it which are:

Motorola Backflip in action


  • Rear backtrack pad is Motorola’s patent technology. It gives feel like you are using mini laptop
  • You can use the same 5 MP camera with autofocus and led flash, for front and rear purpose. It means while 3G Video calling , it will use 5 MP camera which is really amazing. Isn’t it?
  • Its finishing , Reverse QWERTY keypad (Scratch Resistant) makes it very sexy handset to keep it in your hand
  • Its having capacitive touchscreen.
  • It is using 5 desktop modes, which means you can use 5 different themes with different applications at the same time.
  • Its 3D navigation of Images and slideshow feature makes to feel like I am using Apple’s product
  • You can  keep it over table and can watch videos/movies just like you are watching in your system.
  • You can record video at 24fps of QVGA quality which is again a good thing at this price.
  • It has loudspeakers and 3.5 mm jack too for music lovers like my friend.
  • Google map, GoogleTalk, Facebook applications are already there.
  • Many other attractive & impressive  applications exist in this handset. We need to explore more and then revert back again to you.


  • When you use earphone, its sound quality is not so good as compared to Sony but who cares. Noting is perfect in this world!
  • Radio is not there. Again, I don’t care, because rarely I use this feature.
  • Motoblur is Motorola’s new technique to make smooth effect to UI navigation which is missing in Indian Version. (It should be in Indian version too)

Motorola backtrack touchpadIt’s a real good competitor for HTC wildfire, Xperia X10 Mini pro, Nokia N97 Mini, Nokia C6, Samasung Wave and many more handsets.

Hardware Specifications

  • Network    GSM 850 MHz / 900 MHz / 1800 MHz / 1900 MHz
  • UMTS    UMTS 850 MHz / UMTS 1900 MHz / UMTS 2100 MHz
  • Data Network    EDGE / UMTS / HSDPA 7.2 Mbit/s / HSUPA
  • 3G Network    a big Yessssssssssss
  • Smartphone    ofcourse Yes
  • Operating System    Android OS (2.1 upgradable upto 2.2)
  • Processor    Qualcomm MSM7201A, 528 MHz
  • RAM    256 MB
  • ROM    512 MB
  • Internal Memory    256 MB
  • Weight    4.69 oz / 133 g
  • Dimension    4.25″ x 2.09″ x 0.6″
  • 10.8 cm x 5.31 cm x 1.52 cm
  • Internal Display Screen    3.1-inch 262K Color TFT LCD Touch screen (320 x 480 pixels), little smaller huh
  • Touchscreen    Yes
  • Sensor    Yes. Accelerometer Sensor
  • External Display Screen    No
  • Battery Type    Lithium Ion 1380 mAh
  • Battery Life    Talk: 6 hours continuosly
  • Standby: 315 hours (13 days approx.)
  • QWERTY Keyboard    Yes. 20-key QWERTY Keyboard, super sleek design. You are gonna love it, when you will start using it.
  • Predictive Text Input    Yes. T9
  • Speakerphone    Yes
  • Expandable Memory Slot    Yes. microSD / microSDHC. Supports Up to 32GB
  • GPS System / GPS Navigation    Yes. A-GPS. Supports LBS

Email, Messaging, and Office Functionalities

  • Email    Yes. Supports POP3 / IMAP4 / SMTP
  • SMS    Yes
  • EMS    Yes
  • MMS    Yes
  • Internet Browsing / WAP    Yes. Full Internet Browser
  • Instant Messenger    Yes
  • Microsoft Office Mobile    No

Software and Games

  • Games    Yes
  • JAVA    Yes, Downloadable
  •   Alarm, Calendar, Calculator, TO-DO, Notes and many more

Phone Book

  • Multiple Numbers Per Contact    Yes
  • Picture ID    Yes
  • Ring ID    Yes

Digital Camera

  • Mega Pixel    5.0
  • Zoom    Yes (4x only)
  • Autofocus    Yes
  • White Balance Controls    Yes
  • Geo-targetting    Yes

Music and Audio

  • MP3 Music Player    Yes. Supports AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MP3, WAV Music Files.
  • Playlist    Yes
  • Shuffle    Yes
  • Voice Memo & Voice Mail    Yes

Video and Camcorder

  • Video Player    Yes. Supports 3GP, H.263, H.264, MPEG4 Video Files.
  • Video Recorder    Yes. Records at QVGA (320 x 240) resolution, 24 fps (Frames Per Second)
  • Streaming Video    Yes


  • Bluetooth    Yes
  • Bluetooth Stereo Headset (A2DP)    Yes
  • Infrared    No
  • Wi-Fi (WLAN)    Yes. Supports 802.11b / 802.11g / 802.11i
  • USB    Yes. microUSB 2.0
  • HeadSet Jack (3.5mm)    Yes
  • Computer Synchronization     Yes


Sanjeev Jaiswal

He loves web programming and security and co-founder of Alien Coders. He usually shares and helps engineering students and IT professionals in academics and jobs. An avid reader and quick learner.

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