MOTOROLA FLIPOUT ACER LIQUID E FERRARI SPECIAL EDITION
Vodafone, $299 motorola.com.au
★★★ THE Motorola Flipout phone deserves points for creativity. This Google Android phone looks more like a compact mirror than a phone until you flip its screen around to reveal a hidden QWERTY keyboard. The five-row keyboard offers rounded, rubber buttons for comfortable use, making it ideal for those who send more messages than they make calls. It uses a MOTOBLUR app to grab updates from social-networking haunts, and a 3-megapixel camera and Google Maps round it out. This phone’s screen lets it down, though. The 2.8-inch display has such a low resolution (320x240), just looking at it can be hard going. Acer, $699 acer.com.au
★★★ THIS is a Ferrari, just not as we know it. The special-edition Acer Liquid E smartphone is designed for car enthusiasts as it comes in a bold Ferrari red case, has the Ferrari insignia on its back and is accompanied by a similarly attired Bluetooth headset. The extras continue inside as the phone roars to life with Ferrari message tones and it also features Ferrari ringtones, photos and videos. The phone runs on Google Android 2.1 software and has a 3.5-inch touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera, GPS navigation and a 768MHz processor that can lag at times.