You can reduce the number of widgets you display or move them to other panels, but MotoBlur is a big part of this phone so it’s best to keep them together. You can configure these “Happenings”, as Motorola calls them, but even so, it’s a busy screen.
Don't expect much from the Flipout's 3.1Mp camera
There’s only one camera on the Flipout, so no video calling then. The one on the back is only 3.1Mp with no flash, so image quality is far from outstanding but will do for snapping friends to include in an email but not much more.
Motorola-specific widgets you can add to the screen include on/off toggle buttons for Wi-Fi - 802.11n, no less - GPS and aeroplane mode. Music playback is often poor on mobile phones but at least Motorola has included a 3.5mm headphone jack so you can pick your own cans. There’s also a second microphone on the Flipout which measures ambient noise and subtracts it from the sound picked up from the main mic, ensuring better call quality for the person you’re talking to.
As well as configuring each screen to your satisfaction, you can personalise the phone by swapping the back cover – I tested a handset with a pleasant orange back, though you can also choose from a fetching lime green and deep maroon.
The Flipout is an original and strikingly different phone with a pleasingly small form-factor and enjoyable swing-out screen. The display isn’t high resolution and can appear cramped. The processor occasionally makes the phone seem slow. But for all its faults, it manages to be tiny without compromising too often. It’s a cool little phone which looks good and is fun to use. ®
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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