Motorola Backflip

Motorola Backflip
Operating system
Android v1.5 (Cupcake), 2.1 (Eclair), can go up to 2.2.1 (Froyo), and 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) via CyanogenMod
528 MHz Qualcomm MSM7201A processor (overclockable to 768 MHz via root and overclock kernel)
RAM: 256MB, ROM: 512MB
Flash memory: 256 MB, 199 free; microSD slot: supports up to 32 GB
Removable storage
microSD (TransFlash), up to 32GB, 2GB included
320 × 480 px, 3.1 in (79 mm), TFT LCD, HVGA
Capacitive touchscreen, virtual keyboard, flip QWERTY keyboard
5.0 megapixel with auto focus, geotagging
Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, Micro USB, A-GPS
53.00 × 108.00 × 15.30 mm
133 g (4.7 oz)
The Motorola Backflip (also called the Motorola Motus in some regions) is a touchscreen smartphone released to the U.S. for the AT&T Mobility network on March 7, 2010, and for other countries on Telus and Optus networks. It runs the open source Google Android software.

General features

  • The phone is built on the Android platform 1.5.Motorola features Motoblur, which integrates multiple social network service sites on the homescreen. This cannot be uninstalled or disabled unless the phone is modified.
  • It has a full QWERTY keypad with a "reverse flip" design. When the device is closed and the screen is visible to the user, the reverse side is the keypad itself. Opening the device causes the screen to flip so that it rests above the keypad.


    The specifications according to the Motorola website in June 2010:


    • Model MB300
    • Screen size: 3.1-in.
    • Screen resolution: HVGA (320 × 480 pixels)
    • Weight: 4.7 oz
    • Size: 53.0 × 108.0 × 15.3 mm
    • Input devices: QWERTY keyboard, touchscreen, Backtrack navigation pad behind screen
    • Battery: 1400 mAh Li Ion 3.7v Motorola BN80
    • Talk time: 350 min, 6 hrs
    • Standby time: up to 315 hrs, 13.5 days
    • Processor: 528 mHz (overclockable to 768 MHz via root and overclock kernel)
    • RAM: 256MB
    • ROM: 512MB
    • Memory: up to 32 GB microSD
    • Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g
    • Bluetooth: 2.0 + EDR and A2DP
    • GPS receiver, accelerometer
    • Dual microphone with noise cancellation
    • Five megapixels with 4x digital zoom
    • LED flash and automatic focus
    • Video capture rate of 24 fps


    Users may customize their phones by installing apps through the Android Market; however, some carriers (AT&T) do not give users the option to install non-market apps onto the Backflip (a policy they have continued with all of their Android phones). This has created some controversy with users, as the non-market apps are often seen as a useful way to expand a phone's capabilities. Users can circumvent this limitation by manually installing 3rd party apps using the tools included with the SDK while the handset is connected to a computer.


    Reviews are generally mixed to unfavorable. Michael Oryl, of "," likes the "Backtrack" trackpad on the back of the phone, but points out that large hands often activate it accidentally. Victor Godinez, of The Dallas Morning News, suggests that the phone is aimed towards social networkers, and points out that the price is higher than other options with additional features such as the iPhone.

    System upgrades

    On November 9, 2010, a downloadable update, Android OS 2.1 (Eclair) and a compatible version of MotoBlur was released by Motorola for AT&T Backflip customers, U.S. only. The update is unavailable over-the-air (OTA). Since then Eclair is available for phones outside U.S. that are rooted with custom recoveries installed and radio updated. CyanogenMod 7.2 (Android 2.3.7) is available through official releases. Other custom roms are also available.


    Overclocking is possible via overclocking kernels and direct overclocking. Overclocking is available up to 768 MHz on the official cyanogenmod 7 rom.


    Since this phone lacks the multitouch feature, a patch was made available for the froyo rom. However many testers have reported problems with the touchscreen which becomes jerky and eventually ceases to operate.


    Front side and keyboard
    Rear side and touchpad
    Front side and Flip side

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    Last updated on 14 November 2014 at 18:27.


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