Hello from Vegas!
No sooner did I land at McCarran Airport this afternoon, than I was whisked away to Motorola's press event on the eve of the International Consumer Electronics Show. There, I met up with Noah, John and Aaron, who have already been hard at work covering CES and were now assessing the latest announcement from the infamous Droid maker.
Moto unveiled its latest (but — the company promises — definitely not its last) Android handset: The Backflip. The unique device sports a 3.1-inch touchscreen and a full QWERTY keyboard that folds backwards. And that's not the only unusual thing about this phone; there's also a touchpad on the backside of the display component. (So if you're holding it with two hands, you can swipe to navigate screens using the fingers on the back.) The company announced plans to release APIs to let developers innovate different ways to use the touchpad.
Motorola's looking at a Q1 launch in Europe and parts of Asia, but there's no word on when it will land in the U.S.
Look for more details on this and other news from the PhoneDog editors soon. In the mean time, enjoy these fast comparisons between it and Moto's other Android phones, the Cliq (on the left) and the Droid (on the right).