And The Most Pathetic Design Award Goes To.. Motorola Backflip/ Enzo

Phandroid, recently leaked few of the Motorola Backflip / Enzo pictures. This is supposed to be AT&T’s first Android based phone. Before I give you my two cents, grab a look at the design.

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The screen is back flips and so the name Motorola Backflip.

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Since both sides of the phone keyboard and the screen (touchscreen) are responsive I wonder how effectively the phone can prevent damage when flipped into pockets. Touchscreen is said to be very responsive. The QWERTY keyboard too doesn’t quite convince me. From the pictures, it looks like the keys would pop out if I even touch them, forget pressing.

The camera resides on the backside of the phone, which is also occupied by the keyboard. Though, I am not a huge fan of this arrangement of the camera and the keyboard, I can see only one advantage to this No need for secondary camera for video calling. You could just flip the keyboard and there goes your camera which you can use it for video calling.

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As you can see from the above picture, Motorola Backflip runs on Android 1.5 which surprises me as Verizon’s Droid is already using Android 2.0. Why would AT&T still use Android 1.5 when a better firmware is available.

AT&T customizations includes:

  • Yahoo! Search
  • AT&T Nav
  • AT&T Music
  • AT&T Mobile App store (ringtones, little games, etc…)

Apart from Google Maps, none of the Google goodies would be loaded. Like seriously? And Yahoo search? What were they thinking?

Specifications:

  • 528 MHz Qualcomm MSM7201A
  • 512 MB ROM
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 3.1 inch display 320 x 480 (HVGA)
  • 5 megapixel camera with LED flash
  • WiFi / Bluetooth 2.0 / GPS
  • OS Android 1.5 with Motoblur
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900 W-CDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100
  • Reverse flip keyboard
  • Rear directional touchpad

AT&T Sues Verizon, Conficker is Back, File Shares Hide Online Identities, Apple Rejects App for Using “iPhone”, PayPal in 24 Currencies [WUITW]

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Credit: Business Insider

AT&T Sues Verizon over There’s a map for Thatads – AT&T is furious at Verizon for their new, There’s a map for Thatads, which is pretty similar to the iPhone catchline There’s an app for that. Wonder why Apple is silent about this?

Millions of File-Sharers Hide Their Identities Online – TorrentFreak reports that millions of users cloak their identity while sharing files online, fearing backlash from the piracy industry.

After One Year, Conficker Infects Seven Million Computers – Remember the Conficker Worm? Well, it has come out of hibernation and attacked more than 7 million computers.

Apple Rejects another app from the App store for using the word iPhone – Can Apple’s app store get any more weirder than this?

PayPal now supports 24 currencies – PayPal has just announced, that they will be supporting 24 currencies at the PayPal X developer platform.

Nokia 3G Booklet For $299.99 This Holiday Season

Nokia jumped into the booklet market during the Nokia world event and now Nokia has come up with a Holiday season offer on its 3G booklet in partnership with AT&T, Best Buy and Microsoft.

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Nokia 3G booklet primarily made for all-time connectivity will now be available for $299.99 only this holiday season. In the press release by Nokia it says:

"Nokia understands mobility like no other company and recognizes that the most ‘powerful’ device is the one that doesn’t have you running for the power plug or network point," said Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, president and CEO of Nokia. "By combining the Booklet’s sleek design, impressive features and competitive price together with the new Windows 7 operating system from Microsoft, AT&T’s nationwide 3G coverage and Best Buy’s unmatched national retail footprint, we believe we have a winning combination for U.S. consumers."
"Our alliance with Nokia is advancing on multiple fronts and the Nokia Booklet 3G is an important step," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. "We are excited with Nokia’s decision to launch its first PC with Windows 7. By combining the value and simplicity of the operating system with the all-day mobility of the Nokia Booklet 3G, we are bringing new and valuable experiences to consumers and businesses."

Best Buy associates will offer Walk Out Working on the Nokia Booklet 3G, as they do for all smartphones. The free service will help customers activate the device, walk through the Windows 7 operating system and make sure customers understand all of the extras including Ovi Suite, the Ovi Maps gadget, and features like Bluetooth connectivity.

The mini-laptop also comes with an HDMI port for HD video out, a front facing camera for video calling, integrated Bluetooth and an easily accessible SD card reader. Other premium features include the glass 10.1 inch HD-ready display, integrated A-GPS with Ovi Maps, and the latest version of Ovi Suite for effortless synching with a Nokia mobile device.

The Windows 7 operating system on it is an add on to the excitement. Check out specs and pics of Nokia 3G booklet.

So will you buy Nokia 3G booklet this season?

Buy Refurbished 8 GB iPhone 3G for $49, 16GB iPhone for $99

If you have been waiting to get your hands on a iPhone here is a really good deal directly from AT&T.

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You can buy a refurbished 8GB iPhone 3G for only $49. If you prefer a larger capacity device you can buy the 16GB iPhone 3G for $99.

This offer is only available while supplies last so head to your local AT&T store to get a iPhone now.

P.S. You still have to sign a contract and buy a compulsory data plan to go with the phone.

AT&T Facebook [via Life Hacker]

AT&T Will Enable MMS on iPhone This Friday

MMS or Multimedia messages is a way of sending multimedia content as a short message on mobile phones.

iPhone users had all the goodies but many of them sorely missed the MMS feature a personalized way to share multimedia content with close ones.

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Maybe AT&T and Apple always thought that email was the best way to share content, MMS has always been a crowd favorite to make sharing both instant and personal.

According to a official update on the official AT&T account MMS will be available starting Friday, 25th September 2009.

MMS Update: We know you’ve been eager for this service so we wanted to offer a quick update on the launch plans for MMS on Friday, Sept. 25. Late morning, Pacific Time, on Friday, the new carrier settings update enabling MMS should be live and ready to download through iTunes. We’ll provide the steps and all of the details you need right here at that time.

The big question now is that whether AT&T will be able to sustain the additional load on their traffic? Will they start charging iPhone users more for MMS? We will have more details on these things once they officially release this to users.

By the way did you miss the MMS feature on the iPhone? Will you use it to send multimedia content? Do let us know about it.

The new update to enable MMS feature will be available through iTunes, so make sure to run the update to be able to start sending MMS.

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Apple In Trouble

Apple blocking the Google Voice application stating that it duplicates the functionality of iPhone native application, has taken a new twist or say gotten Apple in trouble? The Federal Communication corporation, FCC, has asked Apple, AT&T the reasons for rejecting the applications submitted to App store. Also, FCC has asked Google to give in written the reply they received from Apple for rejecting the app.

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FCC, in its letter to AT&T, clearly asked about the role AT&T plays in deciding which app gets accepted and which doesn’t, for the Apple’s app store. FCC also wants to know the difference between Google Voice and other VOIP apps that have been approved by Apple’s app store.

This shows that Apple just can’t have dictatorship over its app store.  It’s clear that Apple alone did not make this decision as it has nothing much to lose. It is AT&T’s loss if Google Voice had been approved by Apple’s app store, as Google Voice allows users to make cheap network calls and send cheap sms than that of the network(AT&T here).

AT&T Doubled its Smartphone market in U.S

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AT&T claims in its press release that it has doubled the Smartphone market in U.S. AT&T says it will market more aggressively in their new ad campaign.

AT&T   believes it achieved this success because it was the first service provider   for blackberry, Windows Mobile and Iphone. And the most popular device for them being the Apple Iphone.

AT&T believes for a better Smartphone experience, the quality of the service plays a vital role and hence it will continue to invest in its network. AT&T invested more than any other publicly traded company in the U.S. and more than any other publicly traded global telecommunications company last year.** And AT&T expects total capital expenditures to be $17 to $18 billion in 2009, with more than three quarters of it again supporting mobility and data.

iPhone 3G: Another Rough Launch for Apple and AT&T

A little over a year ago, people lined up for hours (or even days) to get the original iPhone. After an enormous amount of hype, and a lot of media buzz, the first iPhone owners finally got their hands on their new devices. During this launch, customers were allowed to take their iPhones home, and activate them over the Internet. Needless to say, the first wave of activations were plagued by well documented problems. Since customers were essentially forced to pay the full price of the device, going home to activate your iPhone was a small concession. These problems simply foreshadowed more serious launch problems to come.

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