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Motorola Flipout: First Impressions and Live Pics

2 Nov

Motorola might not have issued an official press release, yet, but we were fortunate enough to land ourselves with a unit of the Flipout. Running on Android 2.1 with a ‘rotator’ form factor, the Flipout is probably the first Android smartphone targeted at the fairer sex. The compact size (67.00 x 67.00 x 17.00 mm), the raised cylindrical keys and the coloured panels bundled with the phone, the Flipout is a chick magnet. The few girls I showed it to flipped out (pun intended) over the phone.

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Many girls complain about QWERTY keupads on phones, which are meant to be used with the flesh part of one’s fingers rather than one’s nails (especially those with long nails). The Flipout’s raised cylindrical keys solve that problem. In fact, those keys forced me to use my nails to type, something I’m not exactly used to.

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Priced at Rs 15,990, the Flipout seems a bit expensive for its features. Think about it, a 2.8-inch QVGA (240 x 320 pixels) display, a 3.1 MP camera with fixed focus and a 600 MHz processor – that is not exactly what one would expect from a Android smartphone priced upwards of Rs 15,000. Yes, the form factor is worth the premium. Yes, the build quality is almost impeccable. And yes, it is a one-of-its-kind Android smartphone. But it does let down on the core specifications front.

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The Motorola Flipout is an aesthetically pleasing phone and will appeal to those looking for a ‘smart’ phone rather than just a ‘smartphone.’ These are just my first impressions after playing around with the device for a few hours. I will be posting a detailed review soon.

Don’t forget to check out more live pictures of the Moto Flipout on our brand new Facebook Page.

Pictures By: Manjari Agrawal

Motorola Flipout launched in India, priced at Rs 15.9k

1 Nov

ruth_saf_l_dyan_open_set2 005 Motorola has been busy launching some pretty decent Android gear in the mid-range segment. It started with the Backflip, then the Quench XT3 and now the Flipout. The Flipout has a Micromax Bling-like swivel form factor, the only difference being that the former offers a QWERTY keypad. We are told it runs on Android 2.2 (unconfirmed) [update: it runs Android 2.1] and we are not sure whether it comes with Moto Blur UI or not.

 

Other features include a 2.8-inch QVGA display, 3.0 MP camera with fixed focus, 3.5 mm audio jack, Wi-Fi, A-GPS, FM radio and 512 MB of internal memory. Check out the rest of the specs below.

 

Talk and Standby Time: 275mins / 377 hrs WCDMA, 357mins / 365 hrs GSM

Bands/Modes: WCDMA 900/2100, GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps (Category 7/8) EDGE Class 12, GPRS Class 12, HSUPA 2.0 Mbps, eCompass/aGPS, Version 2.1+EDR

Weight: 120g

Dimensions: 67.00 x 67.00 x 17.00 mm

Size: 76 cc

OS: Android 2.2

Battery: 1170 mAh

Connectivity: 3.5 mm headset jack, USB 2.0 HS, Wi-Fi, NGP

Display: 2.8-inch display 320 x 240 pixels, QVGA TFT

Audio: FM Radio Receive, AAC,  AAC+,  AAC+ Enhanced,  AMR NB,  MP3,  WMA v9

Video: Capture/Playback/Streaming, H.264,  MPEG4,  WMV v9

Camera: 3 megapixel, digital zoom, fixed-focus

Browser: Android HTML WebKit with Adobe® Flash® Enabled

Memory: 512MB internal memory with removable 2GB Micro SD card (included); supports up to 32GB MicroSD (optional)

Form Factor: Rotator QWERTY

Antenna: Internal

Address Book/Calendar: MOTOBLUR aggregates Facebook®, MySpace, TwitterTM and GmailTM; Syncs and merges your work contacts, email and calendar

Location Services: aGPS (assisted), eCompass

Hat Tip to @singalnidhi