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Motorola Flipout review

Barry de la Rosa
8 Nov 2010
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
216
inc VAT

The clever design means you get a great QWERTY keyboard in a tiny package, but the screen isn't great and its price doesn't match its size.

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Specifications

Android 2.1, 2.8in 320x240 display

Motorola's range of Android handsets has included some bold designs. The Flipout's is certainly quirky, but in everyday use we found it to be practical and conveniently small. Despite appearances, it’s no toy either: with Android 2.1 and some advanced features.

Motorola Flipout closed

Its unique feature is a hinge at the corner that lets you swivel the screen around by 90 degrees to reveal a five-row QWERTY keyboard. The hinge is spring-loaded, and the action of flipping the screen open is smooth and precise, helping dispel doubts about build quality or longevity. There's very little give in the opened hinge, and a solid metal plate behind the screen means there's no flex there.

Motorola Flipout opening

Although it might seem small, the keyboard is surprisingly good, and having a dedicated row for number keys is really useful. There's even a small four-way pad for cursor control. The keys' action is shallow but has a distinct bite, so you know when you've pressed one. Our only complaint would be that, with the USB cable plugged in, your right hand's access to the keyboard is hindered.

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