Thursday, February 18, 2010
First AT&T Android cellphone on the way
AT&T is the latest wireless carrier to embrace Google's Android operating system. On March 7, AT&T will start selling the new Motorola Backflip smartphone.
A full Qwerty keypad is on the back of the device, but it's inactive when the phone is folded and closed. When the phone is opened flat you can type away.
When the keyboard is flipped backwards and tilted at say a 45-degree angle, you can also use the device as a bedside alarm clock, digital photo frame, or video viewer.
Backflip has a 3.1 inch touchscreen but you can also access a laptop-style touchpad on the back when the device is open. The home screen has three key widgets: happenings (tweets and status updates), set your status, and messages (emails, texts, messages from social networking sites).
Other features of note: a five megapixel camera with flash and camcorder functionality, Wi-Fi, and the ability to tap into AT&T's fastest 3G network, what the geeks refer to as HSPA 7.2.
You can access more than 20,000 apps through Android Market. AT&T says this is the first of five Android handsets the carrier expects to bring out this year.
The phone goes on sale March 7 for $100, after a rebate and with a two-year wireless contract.