Flashback: the Motorola Backflip and its crazy inside-out design

04 July 2021
The Backflip earned its name and its place in history thanks to the unusual way that Moto designed this clamshell - inside out.

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We need more phones with the modern specs of the present with the form factors of the past.

I was planning to get a Nokia N9 but then read about its app situation which is horrible. I only need old phones for call, text, email, and YouTube. Unfortunately, YouTube just can't be played on phones from a decade ago. And the browser app is way too outdated. I experienced this 6 months owning a Nexus One again before selling it 2 months later. It's utterly useless if the only way I can browse is Opera Mini.

  • Anonymous

Kingslayer, 04 Jul 2021Can we start making phones small again? There is a recent s... moreI agree with you, but i doubt any company want to make them, even "small" phones today are big, the only option is go non-smartphone, like Kai OS phones, i regret giving up my Nokia 8110 4G.

Kingslayer, 04 Jul 2021Can we start making phones small again? There is a recent s... moreSmallest phone I ever used was Panasonic GD55

Great memories I had the flipout which I think was out the same time as this, loved the thing it was crazy and different which is something you cannot say about todays rubbish!

Well the phojne looks outstanding maybe next razr could be like this with a far bigger screen and battery.

  • Anonymous

Brings back fond memories

Andreidinutu, 04 Jul 2021They want to sell. Saying they want you to stare less is ju... moreYou're back? I haven't really been keeping up with the comments lately so this is the first time I've seen you comment in a long time😂. I remember you were gone for a good while.

Kingslayer, 04 Jul 2021Can we start making phones small again? There is a recent s... moreThey want to sell. Saying they want you to stare less is just because the government makes them remind you to take breaks. The more you use a phone, the more it wears off, the quicker you buy a new one from them

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my baby

Kingslayer, 04 Jul 2021Can we start making phones small again? There is a recent s... moreLet's face it. Companies aren't gonna be interested in making small phones again if they don't sell well such as the iPhone 12 mini. Plus making them smaller involves sacrifices that most people aren't ok with such as smaller batteries.

  • Anonymous

I miss having a physical keyboard.

Can we start making phones small again? There is a recent study that says the bigger the display, the longer we stare at it. I want to go back to 15 years ago when I didn't stare at my phone all day. It's funny how Apple and Google to push us to take breaks from staring at the screen. Lower our digital addiction. But they still sell phones with large displays.

Best phone ever made is really the iPhone SE from 2016. I'm serious. Was never my favorite but it's become it because I love the size of it. An SoC from 6 years ago. A design from 9 years ago. Yet, it still looks beautiful and it's still smooth even on iOS14. Just be ready to plug it to a power bank a lot.

I want phones like the size of the og SE. Easy to slip in my pocket. I want my thumb to reach all four corners of the display again. One-handed used phones needs to return. I own the 12 mini and dislike Face ID and don't find it to be that small at all.

Michael Fisher, Mr. Mobile, has a segment called When Phones Were Fun. It's also When Phones Were Much Easier To Hold.

Bring back all the old designs from the 2000s to early-2010s Bring back their varying designs. What's old becomes new again.

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 04 Jul 2021Motorola always would make some of the best devices but aft... moreThe razr and edge are a interesting designs but the razr is quite expensive and out of reach for most and the edge is just too big like other phones today

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Kingslayer, 04 Jul 2021Companies shoud bring back old designs. I want to see updat... moreThe M7 was actually a really good design that would still sell today ig. The curved aluminium back with a brushed finish is gorgeous and so is the unibody design of the N8 altho plastic but still looks good

  • Anonymous

Motorola always would make some of the best devices but after the lenovo acquisition things became boring. The design and innovation seems to be gone. Their phones are just another bricks. I have the X Force and the Z2 Force and they are one or the best phones made by Motorola but now they're discontinued although I would love to buy again with updated specs

Companies shoud bring back old designs. I want to see updates to these phones...

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play
Nokia N8 & N9
BlackBerry Bold 9900
Google Nexus 4
HTC One (M7)

Phone design and sizes were much better a decade ago. Now most of them just look the same and are unwieldy.

SA466, 04 Jul 2021Is it just me or do these picture actually look fine for 2010?it's normal, have you ever seen a picture of a sony ericsson k750 camera? it's a 2005 phone for comparison

Is it just me or do these picture actually look fine for 2010?

  • Rakesh

Phones used to be fun