So, the other day I wrote about the Motorola DEFY and how it was pretty much the best phone for the price. Well, I had the pleasure of playing around with another Motorola too. The FLIPOUT. This phone is small, light and powerful. I must admit, I didn’t fall in love with it, and I won’t be buying one myself, but for someone who is just getting in to the smart phone market, or is on a budget, this phone is pretty much one to look at.
The form factor is different to other devices I have seen recently running android. It’s a pretty much square device, with a 2.8” touch screen. The first thing to notice though is that the screen’s main rotation is landscape, similar to that of a blackberry and the like. This was hard to get used to initially because I’m used to a bigger, portrait screen. The resolution of the screen is quite low, but for the price, you wouldn’t expect much better anyway. I found that wasn’t an issue most of the time, as I didn’t use it too much for games, but more just updating twitter, Facebook and texting.
One thing that was grand about this phone was its keyboard. It has a physical keyboard that doesn’t slide out. No, it flips out, hence the name of the device. This was an awesome feature and meant that the keyboard was as big as the screen. This is a lot better than most other devices because the keys are of a reasonable size and you also have a row of numbers across the top to stop with the pesky alt key situation you have on other devices. You will have to get used to the keyboard a little bit, but you have to with most devices anyway, so don’t let that put you off.
I found that the phone could be a little sluggish at times, but I guess that’s just due to the fact I’m used to high-end devices. For a budget device, I found that it was more than adequate. It could run most of the apps you’d want on a smart phone well, and was quite good at running little games.
As far as I’m aware, this phone is only on orange at the moment, and will cost you around £100 on pay as you go, or free on contract. It is up there with some of the other smart phones at this price, and with MOTOBLUR, it just brings everything together with that extra bit of ease, with integrated twitter, Facebook, e-mail and more. I would look at getting this phone if you are just entering the smart phone market. 7/10