Hands-on video – Motorola Backflip

The Nexus One hogged all the Android spotlight during CES 2010, but another Google-flavoured phone that caught our eye was Motorola's Backflip.Es

The Nexus One hogged all the Android spotlight during CES 2010, but another Google-flavoured phone that caught our eye was Motorola's Backflip.

Essentially a souped-up Motorola DEXT, it runs Android 1.5 overlaid with Moto's impressive Motoblur social networking skin, and has another couple of neat tricks besides.

As the name suggests, the screen can fold all the way back so it's flush with the keyboard. This means you can sit the Backflip on a table and adjust the viewing angle of the screen like a mini laptop (this works particularly well for the alarm clock), as well as use it like a touchscreen candybar.

Another neat touch is that there's a touchpad behind the screen, which sounds awkward but worked well in our brief play.

The QWERTY keypad seemed like a big improvement on the Droid's lacklustre affair, and there's also a 5MP camera, 3.5mm headphone jack and aGPS. As is fairly typical of Android phones, though, there's only a microSD slot for storage (a 2GB card comes in the box).

Sadly, there's no official news of a UK release yet, but it's likely to reach our shores later this year. Hit the scroll wheel for more pics.