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Review: Motorola Backflip

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The Backflip does not offer any Google search services at all. Instead, AT&T has chosen to go with Yahoo for all search features. I am calling this out because it goes to the fundamental usability of the Backflip.

Google search on Android provides a lot of features. Some of them include Voice Search and local results. I realize conducting Voice Searches isn't always appropriate, but it sure beats the pants of typing when you have the chance. By switching to Yahoo search, AT&T has taken away the power of Voice Search. That stinks, in my book.

Same applies for local results. I performed a search on the Backflip for "pizza". The results include links to Pizza Hut and Domino's web sites. The same search on a Droid took me to a map with the five closest pizza joints pointed out, with phone numbers included.

Also, Google Search works to search the contents of the phone itself. Not so with Yahoo.

In my opinion, this makes the Backflip far less appealing as a "Google Phone."

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