TELUS releases the Motorola BACKFLIP

By on April 28, 2010 at 11:14 AM.

TELUS releases the Motorola BACKFLIP

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And so the rollout of MOTOBLUR handsets begins in the True North Strong and Free as TELUS today announced the immediate availability of the Motorola BACKFLIP. Featuring a unique reverse-hinge QWERTY keypad design with a BACKTRACK navigation pad on the reverse, the BACKFLIP also boasts a 3.1″ HVGA capacitive display, 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, A-GPS, 3.5mm headphone jack, 512MB of internal memory, microSD support, and MOTOBLUR atop Android 1.5. Now, you’d think this phone would be priced along the lines of AT&T’s $99.99 on contract but you’d be wrong — it’s currently listed on TELUS’ website for $249.99 on a 3-year plan. If this isn’t a typo… Yeah.

UPDATE: Looks like TELUS made a typo on their website. $249.99 is the contract price without a data plan. With data it’s $99.99. Thank heavens. More →

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BACKFLIP headed to TELUS, DEXT headed to Bell, QUENCH a mystery

By on March 9, 2010 at 9:28 AM.

BACKFLIP headed to TELUS, DEXT headed to Bell, QUENCH a mystery

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A few days ago when we learned that Motorola is going to bring its complete line-up of MOTOBLUR handsets to Canada, we didn’t know which carrier was to be getting which handset. In the span of a couple days however, things have changed. We now know that the BACKFLIP, that crazy concoction of a device is going to be a TELUS exclusive while the DEXT is bound for Bell. As for the QUENCH, no one carrier has laid claim to it just yet, but we think most would forgive us for assuming it’s going to Rogers considering the others are spoken for. More →

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Motorola BACKFLIP now available from AT&T

By on March 7, 2010 at 9:11 AM.

Motorola BACKFLIP now available from AT&T

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Starting today, AT&T customers with a penchant for Android can point their browser to AT&T’s website or hoof it to their local AT&T store to snag the Motorola BACKFLIP. Now available for a mere $99 after rebate and a two year agreement, the BACKFLIP features quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), tri-band 7.2Mbps HSPA 3G (850/1900/2100 MHz), a 3.1″ HVGA touch-screen display, Android OS 1.5 (upgradeable to 2.1), 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0, aGPS, 3.5 mm headphone jack, microSD slot (up to 32GB), fully QWERTY “back flipping” keyboard, and Motorola’s MOTOBLUR UI. So AT&T Android fans, will you grab the BACKFLIP or will you exercise some patience and wait for one of the other four Android handsets to make their debut? More →

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Motorola Backflip will be AT&T's first Android device, coming March 7

By on February 18, 2010 at 9:30 AM.

Motorola Backflip will be AT&T's first Android device, coming March 7

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As of March 7th, AT&T is officially in the Android game, as Ma’ Bell made the Motorola Backflip official today in a press release. A quick recap of the Backflip: 7.2 HSPA 3G, 3.1″ touch-screen display, Android OS 1.5 (upgradeable to 2.1), 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0, aGPS, 3.5 mm headphone jack, microSD slot (support for up to 32GB), fully QWERTY “back flipping” keyboard, and Motorola’s MOTOBLUR UI. The Backflip will retail for $99.99 after $100 mail-in rebate and a 2-year contract. The Backflip definitely isn’t the most high-powered Android handset on the market, and not one that is likely to make DROID or Nexus One owners jealous. However, the Backflip is the first of four Android handsets AT&T committed to deliver in 2010, and to that we say keep em’ coming! We’ve got the official press release queued up for you. More →

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Motorola ME600 BACKFLIP now available in China

By on February 1, 2010 at 6:19 AM.

Motorola ME600 BACKFLIP now available in China

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While AT&T customers wait for the Motorola BACKFLIP to debut here in the U.S., folks in China can score one today directly from Motorola China.The unlocked ME600 BACKFLIP will set you back a robust 4,298 Chinese yuan ($629 USD) and includes an 8GB memory card and a car charger. The U.S. variant of this uniquely styled handset is expected to debut in March with a carrier subsidy that should bring the final price of the handset to under $200, hopefully even lower.

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Motorola BACKFLIP up close and hands on

By on January 7, 2010 at 7:02 PM.

Motorola BACKFLIP up close and hands on

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The folks over at Motorola were nice enough to give us a deep dive into the new BACKFLIP which will be available Q1. You’re all aware that it features MOTOBLUR, Motorola’s UI over Android, so as far as the OS it’s not different from the CLIQ. The big difference is the form factor: it flips backward, hence its name, to close. As you can see above, it’s “Flippin’ Brilliant.” Man, that hurt.

When it’s closed, you have the deactivated keyboard with 5MP camera and LED flash on one side, and a blank slate on the other (screen safely tucked inside). When you flip it open, it’s like having a mini-computer in your hands — the back of the screen even has a trackpad that you can scroll and click on to navigate the screen. Why? So that shiny screen doesn’t get smudgy when it doesn’t have to. You can also flip it open and set it down to watch videos and use it to play a slideshow of all your images. The bonus is that it can go into dock mode or table-side mode, just like the DROID, except you don’t need to purchase a dock for it. Looks pretty good for a mid-range phone. We just don’t have an official release date yet and there haven’t been any carrier announcements from Motorola, but they do say this will be a global device. Click on through to our gallery to check out more pics!

Click on over to our Motorola BACKFLIP hands on gallery!

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Motorola makes the BACKFLIP official, other handsets to see Android 2.1, Flash 10.1 updates

By on January 6, 2010 at 9:17 PM.

Motorola makes the BACKFLIP official, other handsets to see Android 2.1, Flash 10.1 updates

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Motorola’s time to shine at CES just wrapped up and the North American manufacturer announced the Motorola BACKFLIP. As rumored, the BACKFLIP will have a backwards-folding, outward-facing keyboard, a touchpad on the back of the screen whose functionality is customizable and even API-accessible, 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi, a 5 megapixel camera and MOTOBLUR. The BACKFLIP is headed to multiple carriers worldwide including one North American carrier, not identified by Motorola but we will spill the beans — AT&T. In addition to the BACKFLIP, Motorola revealed some additional information that will interest current Motorola Android owners:

  • All Motorola Android handsets, including the CLIQ, will be updated to Android 2.1
  • Motorola is working on Flash 10.1 integration, is optimized for the DROID’s chipset and will be pushed out the DROID at some time in the future
  • Motorola DROID will receive a second maintenance update in the near future

Motorola kept is short and sweet so that is all folks! More →

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AT&T finally jumps on the Android bandwagon

By on January 6, 2010 at 1:55 PM.

AT&T finally jumps on the Android bandwagon

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AT&T made it official just now — the wireless carrier will release five new Android handsets in the first half of 2010. Of the five, three will be exclusive to AT&T and include:

  • a Motorola smartphone with MOTOBLUR and a unique form factor, presumably the Motorola Motus/Backflip
  • a Dell smartphone, the Dell Mini 3 that we saw at the FCC late last year and was confirmed by Dell today
  • an HTC smartphone, also an exclusive to AT&T

That leaves two remaining handsets, one of which may be the Nexus One, while the other is open for speculation. More →

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