This is no protocol droid, no phone made for walks in the park. It’s the Motorola DEFY and it isn’t afraid of what comes next. Good. Coming up is one of our reviews. And we’re having the pleasure of the first and only ruggedized Android GSM phone. It’s finally beginning to make sense – droids are dustproof, scratch and water-resistant.
But wait a minute. That’s on the outside. Under layers of rubber and muscle, the DEFY is a true smartphone, a socialist and an entertainer.
Surviving scratches, falls and splashes is a full-time job but the Motorola DEFY promises to keep you connected too. Whether you friend or defriend, your social life is a tap away on one of those pixel-rich WVGA screens.
Other than that, it’s a pretty standard Android package with all the connectivity options duly covered and good enough media support. Good-looking, social, smart and durable – this mid-ranger seems to have more boxes ticked than not.
The Motorola DEFY has the most recent version of the MOTOBLUR UI but the actual OS is only getting older. This phone is still stuck on Éclair while the hungry smartphone crowd has its eyes on more tempting Froyo or even Gingerbread, which is just around the corner. But Motorola are making no promises about getting the DEFY suited up with a Froyo update any time soon.
Anyway, if you choose to wait in the company of a Motorola DEFY, you’re unlikely to get bored or disappointed. It’s tough when it needs to be but not in the sense of aggressive – let alone difficult. It’s a phone that knows its limits too. If you know up front what to expect, it should be a fair deal. After all, the Motorola DEFY isn’t charging a fortune.
In any case, there’s no reason for us to wait. Hop on and let the unboxing begin.