You can think of the Motorola Flipout and Motorola Flipside as companion devices for AT&T - both are aimed squarely at upgrading featurephone users into Android-land by wooing them with QWERTY keyboards and MotoBlur.

Of the two, the horizontal-sliding Flipside specs are obviously the more powerful: a 720MHz processor with 512mb of ROM, a 320x480 screen, and a touchpad that's not embarrassed to be gigantic to make moving your cursor around that much easier. We've no gripes about the keyboard or, well about the Flipside in general. It's a capable low-to-mid range MotoBlur device and if that's the thing for you or yours, we don't judge.

The Flipout, meanwhile, tries to win on charm. It's a cute little square with a colored back that comes with two colors in the box (Red and Green to you, Rose and Saffron to AT&T). The screen itself flips up rotationally to reveal a super-tall portrait keyboard with a nigh-useless 5-way dpad in the lower lefthand corner. Naturally, as this size, the Flipout's specs are on the low-end. Of most concern is the 320x240 screen which not only raises concerns with app compatibility but just plain didn't look well-thought-out to us. Android may have 320x240 in their spec, but it needs work to ...work at this size and Moto didn't even put in enough to anti-alias the text on the menus. Finally, this phone's main draw - the keyboard - feels awkward and unfriendly. 

We'll leave the 'flip' puns as an exercise to the reader, instead just telling you, as usual, that you can find more photos and a demo video of both devices after the break!

Motorola Flipout 

Motorola Flipside

 

 
There are 5 comments

RoyHobbs says:

Flipside doesn't look bad!

Flipout looks like something that shouldn't have left the drawing board.

dskwerl says:

I thought Deiter wrote for PreCentral..?

KrazyRogue says:

He's the Editor in Chief of the world, I mean smartphone experts. Which includes androidcentral, tipb, precentral, and the rest that are on top (if your're on non-mobile website).

dskwerl says:

Ah, now that I didn't know.

Mano123 says:

Flipout looks like a little kids toy, flipside? What's with all these identical names? Anyway it would be decent if it wasn't for that overgrown touchpad. Think of how much more scren could be there if that touchpad wasn't there :) but gotta be thankful AT&T is geting a couple more androids.