We aren't sure what took so long, but we're very glad that the wait is
over. Google's Android
operating system has made an indelible mark on
the smartphone market segment, and it's the first major OS to rival the
iPhone in a serious way. Palm's webOS was certainly revolutionary, but
not enough mainstream consumers have bought in for Apple to really feel
the pressure. Android, on the other hand, seems to be stealing away
potential market share month after month, and it's clear that Google
has a winner with some longevity on its hands here.
Motorola, which was all but dead in the eyes of cellphone buyers just a
couple of years ago, revitalized itself last year with the introduction
of the DROID on Verizon Wireless and the CLIQ on T-Mobile. It's clear
that Motorola has attached their hope of a future to Android, and it's
proving to be a smart move so far. The Backflip
is easily one of the
most unique handset designs we have ever seen. The actual QWERTY
keyboard is on the rear of the phone, and the flipping motion happens
in reverse of what you would normally expect. Whatever the case, it's
an eye-catching premise and Android is beneath the screen (along with
Motorola's 'Blur' user interface), making this one quite appealing.
We're thrilled to see AT&T users finally get an option for Android,
but we are beginning to wonder if the carrier and Motorola have this
priced right. It's available now in stores and online for $99.99 after
a two-year contract signing and a mail-in rebate; that's also the exact
same price as an iPhone 3G, so we have to wonder how many people will
be eager to try their luck with a new form factor when they know the
iPhone is what everyone raves about. Time will tell, but either way,
we're glad to see Motorola step into AT&T's stores with Android.
Here's to hoping that this is just the first of many choices to come.