The Motorola BACKFLIP debuted this weekend on AT&T and the first impressions of this uniquely designed handset are not so favorable. Folks that picked up AT&T’s first Android handset have been shocked to discover that the device has been crippled by the nation’s second largest wireless provider. According to information posted at the xda-developers forums, new BACKFLIP owners are reporting that AT&T has loaded the device with AT&T-specific applications which can not be removed, has restricted the user’s ability to install third applications that reside outside of the Android Market, and has committed the greatest of heresies by replacing Google search with Yahoo search. Add the outdated Android OS 1.5 into the mix and you have a handset that even your grandmother would not want.

[via AndroidandMe]