Taking a different approach to the Android market, the Motorola Defy arrives with water, dust, scratch and shock proof smarts
Editor's Review of the Defy
The Motorola Defy does what it says on the tin, and fights off the elements. It copes with those awkward day-to-day hazards, like puddles, pints and parties, although Motorola were keen to point out it's not a "rugged" phone as such, so don't go throwing it at walls.
Design & Build
The design of the Motorola Defy may not be to everybody's taste, but it certainly gives it that tough appearance it was going for. The handset is crafted from robust plastics, and is available on both black and white colour schemes. We weren't too keen on the visible screws along the side of the handset, but if it adds to the durability of the handset, they must be there for a reason.
We'd expect the Defy to be a chunky phone, but it manages to measure in at just 107 x 59 x 13mm with a weight of 118g. Despite its rugged appearance, it's the same size as your average smartphone and its curved chassis sits comfortably in your hand.
Although it may not cater to everybody's taste, the macho look is for a reason, that being to defy the elements. The Motorola Defy is marketed as being water, dust, scratch and shock proof, and with an IP67 level of toughness, it can spend 1 hour 30 minutes under water without breaking. Even the headphone and USB ports are protected, although the protective covers didn't feel all that reliable.
Despite it's Gorilla Glass protection, it's not all about defying the elements when it comes to the 3.7 inch display of the Defy. It's a huge screen that almost reaches the edges of the handset, and its 480 x 854 produces a vibrant image. It's not the brightest display we've ever seen, but it certainly does the job.
OS & Interface
We were a bit disappointed to learn that the Motorola Defy comes equipped with Android 2.1, missing out on all of the Froyo goodness featured on the Motorola Milestone 2. We're optimistic that an upgrade will soon be on its way, bringing with it HD video recording and Flash support. Hopefully.
Motorola have customized the interface of the Defy with their MOTOBLUR skin, which grabs updates from social networking sites and your email accounts, and slaps them straight on your homescreen. This is a great feature, making it easy to keep in touch with your friends at all times. This UI also dresses the handsets with 7 customizable homescreens, which you access by swiping from side to side. We were very impressed with the responsiveness of the capacitive screen, and experienced no lag, even with multiple applications open.
The handset also comes with Swype pre-installed, making the fiddly touch screen QWERTY keypad a whole lot easier to use.
Multimedia & Storage
When you think of tough smartphones, you don't usually expect them to come equipped with a decent camera. This handset defies stereotypes, and comes sporting a 5 megapixel snapper complete with LED flash. It captures video too, but with support for up to 640 x 480 resolution, putting it behind those high-end smartphones which offer HD video.
The handset packs all the entertainment features you would expect from an Android smartphone, and even has some neat apps pre-installed, including Blockbuster and WebTV.
You rarely need to browse the web on this smartphone, as everything is so easily accessed from your homescreen. However, with fast HSDPA and WiFi speeds on board, accessing the internet is a quick and easy process on the Defy.
As you would expect from a touch smartphone, the Motorola Defy packs a decent battery life, that equips you with 6.7 hours talk time and 16 days on standby.
What it lacks in high-end features, the Motorola Defy makes up for in muscle. Of course, we would have preferred to see Android 2.2 and HD video capture, but the fact that we can drop this handset in a pint, makes up for it.
Motorola Defy News
It looks like the Motorola Defy isn’t asÂ life-proofÂ as the America-based manufacturer claims it is, if the BBC’s Watchdog is anything to go by. Last night’s Watchdog, a show which investigates viewers’ reports of problematic experiences with traders, focussed on a number of complaints it had received from owners of the Motorola Defy. Despite the handset’s [...]
Today’s been an abnormally busy day for Motorola, which has now officially launched the Motorola Defy+. Boasting the same life-proof smarts as its Motorola Defy sibling, the Defy+ comes with an IP67Â compliancyÂ rating, which means it’s resistant against water, dust and nasty tumbles, while its Gorilla Glass display provides protection against scratches. Aimed at sporty outdoors [...]
It looks like the Motorola Defy is in-line for an upgrade, as O2 has outed the so-called DEFY+. The folks over at Eurodroid spotted the handset on O2 Germany’s website, sitting alongside its ex-flagship sibling. Nothing was revealed about the upcoming handset, although speculation is rife about what we can expect. If the rumours are [...]
It’s been a busy couple of days for T-Mobile. Yesterday its Samsung Galaxy SÂ receivedÂ the bump to Gingerbread, and now it’s finally released Android 2.2 (Froyo) to its Motorola Defy customers. Sticking to its July promise, the UK network today announced that “FroYo 2.2 is available for T-Mobile UK Motorola Defy handset from the Motorola software [...]
T-Mobile has announced that it’ll be releasing Android 2.2 for the Motorola Defy in early July, just one week after the update went live. Customers with Vodafone or SIM free handsets may already have the update, but T-Mobile has remained tight-lipped regarding its release.Â However, todayÂ on Twitter the UK network said: “Good news to all our [...]
It may not be the Gingerbread update users have been yearning for, but Motorola has started rolling out Android 2.2 (Froyo) to its UK-based Defy customers. The American-based firm announced the news via its website, detailing what you can expect once Froyo is installed. According to Motorola, it’ll deliver a re-jigged interface, a bumped-up onscreen [...]
Motorola Defy Specifications
107mm x 59mm x 13.4mm
Full capacitive touch screen
Type: TFT LCD
Size: 3.7 inches
Resolution: 480 x 854
External: microSD up to 32GB
Included: 2GB microSD card
A-GPS with maps
Up to 7.2 Mbps download speed
Up to 2 Mbps upload speed
Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Audio: 3.5mm stereo jack
Data: Standard microUSB
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
5.0 megapixel camera
Auto Focus and LED Flash
At 26-30 fps
Battery Capacity: 1540 mAh
Talk Time: 408 minutes
Standby Time: 216 hours
Radio: FM with RDS
Audio supported formats
Video supported formats