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Review: Motorola Backflip

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The Backflip from Motorola is not going to score a perfect 10 from any judge that I know. The form factor is odd for no good reason at all, though the larger keyboard and solid design help a little bit. Only time will tell whether or not people take to the backwards clamshell design.

The keyboard is strong, large, and the keys have good travel and feedback. The lack of any shape to the keys, however, means typing is a mixed bag.

It's neat to have a rear touch pad on a phone, but this one takes getting used to. For the careless, it can spell trouble.

Neither Motoblur nor the media experience of the Backflip have been updated in any way compared to the Cliq. This is not good news. Motoblur needs better power management and better control over Twitter. The music player and imaging experience offered on the Backflip don't match the competition.

For the AT&T customer longing for a decent Android handset, my guess is the Backflip will disappoint. Its poor battery life alone should enough to make you think otherwise. However, if you're never far from a power outlet, like half-baked software and don't mind a weird-looking phone, then perhaps the Backflip is worth flipping out about after all.

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