Just one day after AT&T's first Android device - the Motorola BACKFLIP - went on sale, the complaints are already filing in, suggesting AT&T has missed the point with Android. These are pretty strong words considering the short amount of time the device has been on the market. However, it seems to be a fairly universal opinion. MobileCrunch has even gone as far as to say "Don't buy it."
We already knew from last week that AT&T was replacing Google with Yahoo! as the native search engine, however, this is just one of a few blunders rendering the BACKFLIP undesirable by Android enthusiasts. Apparently, if you want to install an app that's not offered in the Android Market, you're out of luck. To "protect" its customers, AT&T has blocked this functionality on the phone. This also hinders the ability of beta testers and developers to test any apps that aren't obtainable through the market.
And just when you thought it couldn't get worse, you may remember from last weeks slew of articles that AT&T has taken the liberty of pre-installing over 10 of their own branded apps on the BACKFLIP. Apps that can't be removed. Let's say you can live with the fact that Yahoo! is your new search engine of choice, and that you can only obtain apps directly from the Android Market. Despite that, you're still forced to look at 10 apps you may not want - and you're constantly reminded of the valuable memory wasted.
But hey, at least you've got rollover minutes, right? And not everyone gets to keep their unused minutes! Sound off in the comments!