Fun phone for Facebookers
Review You can’t deny Motorola’s creativity – a square phone, huh? And if you find an iPhone just too big, the new Flipout is certainly compact - it's 66mm square - and will fit into the tightest pocket. This means the screen isn’t huge, but at 2.8in it’s certainly usable.
Touch the Google Search box on the home screen and a virtual keyboard appears which fills most of the display. But you don’t need to do that because if you press your thumb on the bottom corner, the screen swings round to reveal a very usable physical Qwerty keyboard.
The flip action that gives the phone its name is a satisfying mechanism that swings the screen back and forth well. If there’s a problem, it’s that for a really enjoyable flip, you have to remember to hold the closed phone with the screen in portrait orientation. Then the keyboard is usable when the screen is flipped.
It’s a small thing, really. The keys are narrow and tall rather than square, but because each one is shaped like a little barrel, they fall under the thumbs well.
The keys are small but surprisingly useable
Better still, the shape means there’s room for five rows of keys where many landscape keyboards on phones make do with four or even three. This means there’s a separate numbers row, instead of making you press extra keys to input digits. Excellent. In fact, the only disappointment here is that the navpad at the base of the keyboard is slightly fiddly.
what an original idea
as for motorola's originality - be sure to check nokia twist
I was thinking of buying one....
....until I saw that vacuous bint on the screen shot. Oh look she's sooooo looking forward to something or other. Where's my bucket? Is that really the way to sell phones? "Buy this great bit of tech and sqander all your money and time exchanging pathetic drivel with the morons you call your friends who make you feel slightly better that your pathetic drivellings might actually be of any interest and that your life is more than just a complete waste of the earth's precious resources"????
Sorry but I use mine to make and receive calls, and to send and receive meaningful texts.
Mobile phone companies seem to be homing in on the yoof's endless desire to share the minutiae of their pathetic lives with like-minded morons who have nothing better to do than read it and make their own comments on it.
Mine's the one with 'miserable old git' written on the back.
on the navpad
it would be better if the navpad is actually a mini touchpad, or at least an optical navpad so that it won't require any clicking for navigation
...are you taking notes?
I'd Like to See Motorola Succeed But...
It sounds like they're still making the same mistakes as the RAZR. It was all looks and no processor power so it got annoying really quickly. And if it feels underpowered at pre-launch think about how bad it will be in 6-12 months.