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About Android
HTC Aria vs. Motorola BACKFLIP

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June 28th, 2010

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Key Differences

  • User interface: The Backflip may appeal to those heavily involved in social networking, featuring Motorola’s MOTOBLUR interface built on top of the standard Android platform. MOTOBLUR provides close integration with social networks including Facebook and Twitter.  The HTC Aria sports HTC’s Sense user interface which provides 7 highly customizable homescreens, a nice number of custom HTC widgets (social networking, stocks, weather, etc.), and HTC Scenes (allowing users to quickly switch homescreen layouts depending on what they’re doing).
  • Design: The Motorola Backflip features a a unique form factor, with a keyboard that flips from behind and a touch-sensitive trackpad (similar to that on a laptop) behind the display for enhanced navigation. Although the HTC Aria has a slightly larger display than the Backflip, the Aria is an extremely compact device and has a traditional candy bar form factor.
  • Display: The HTC Aria has a 3.2-inch display while the Backflip has a 3.1-inch display.  Both displays have the same 320×480 pixel resolution.
  • Keyboard: The HTC Aria has a capable on-screen virtual QWERTY keyboard but no physical keyboard, while the Backflip has a full physical flip-out QWERTY keyboard in addition to a virtual on-screen QWERTY keyboard.
  • Power: The Aria has a slightly faster processor than the Backflip as well as the latest version of the Android OS.  These two factors make the Aria a somewhat snappier device, although the difference in processing power won’t be significantly noticeable in day-to-day operations like making phone calls or sending email.

Side-By-Side Comparison

HTC Aria Motorola BACKFLIP
HTC Aria Motorola BACKFLIP
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Carrier AT&T AT&T
Operating System Android Android
Interface HTC Sense Motorola MOTOBLUR
Display 3.2″, 320 x 480Pixels 3.1″, 320 x 480Pixels
Data Speed 3G 3G
Global Roaming Yes Yes
WiFi 802.11 b/g 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 Bluetooth 2.1
GPS aGPS aGPS
Mobile Hotspot Yes No
Camera 5-megapixel, autofocus 5-megapixel, LED flash and autofocus
Front-facing Camera No No
Video Capture Yes Yes
Apps Android Market Android Market
Adobe Flash Support Adobe Flash Lite Adobe Flash Lite
Storage Space 2GB microSD card pre-installed (expandable up to 32GB) 2GB microSD card pre-installed (expandable up to 32GB)
Keyboard Virtual QWERTY Virtual QWERTY
Battery Up to 6 hours talk time; up to 360 hours standby Up to 6 hours talk time
Processor 600 MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 528 MHz Qualcomm MSM7200a
Memory RAM:256MB; ROM: 512MB RAM:256MB; ROM: 512MB
Microsoft Outlook Support Yes Yes
View Word Docs Yes Yes
Weight 4.05 oz 4.7 oz
Dimensions 2.3″ x 4.1″ x 0.46″ 2.09″ x 4.25″ x 0.6″

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Up to 450 min. usage; 500 hr. standby

Related posts:

  1. Motorola Droid vs. Motorola Backflip
  2. Motorola BACKFLIP Video Review
  3. CES 2010: Motorola Debuts MOTOBLUR-Running BACKFLIP Android Phone
  4. AT&T Motorola Android Backflip Manual

7 Responses to “HTC Aria vs. Motorola BACKFLIP”

  • Ive had now 5 backflips. the phone is a Joke. ill be happy tomorrow when i get my HTC Aria….

  • Kenneth
    July 7, 2010

    That little dot is a sensor for water damage on the innards of the phone. The Backflip does not have a front facing camera. I own one, I would know.
    I dropped the first one in water >.>

    Buuuuut, you can flip the keyboard over and it faces you while you look at the screen.
    Nuff said

  • Peter
    July 6, 2010

    all u need to do is point an led flashlight at the top of the touch screen side of the backflip and u will see it, backflip forums is useless, no one sees the camera like i do

    • That’s a proximity sensor. It turns the screen off during a call so you won’t push any buttons with your cheek.

  • Peter
    July 6, 2010

    there is a front facing camera for the backflip but, no one willo listen or believe me,u just have to look very carefully…

    • Yes the backflip can have a front facing camera, I use it on mine all of the time, as do my teenage girls. My wife has a iphone 3gs and they use mine for personal photos as they do not need to use a mirror to get a good face shot for their social site profiles.

      • Megan Kennedy
        March 6, 2011

        in your answer about the Motorola Backflip, “Yes the backflip can have a front facing camera, I use it on mine all of the time, as do my teenage girls. My wife has a iphone 3gs and they use mine for personal photos as they do not need to use a mirror to get a good face shot for their social site profiles.” how do you get to the “front facing camera” ?! im haveing troulbes with this phone, help!!

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