Got one today, AMAZING PHONE, LOVED IT. The best phone i already had ever. Two years ago, if someone told me to buy a Motorola phone, i would say this person is completelly crazy. Now Motorola is almost better than samsung. Droped my I5801 for this Defy, and i really think Defy is better than galaxy S, despite the Amoled screen (but, come on, Galaxy S so expensive and not even a flash for camera, come on ?????).
Well, all that i can say is, BUY IT NOW !!! GREAT !!! THE BEST PHONE !!! Forget about Iphone, N8, Galaxy S... And for bonus, Dust, water and crash proof. Do I need to say anything else ? Idon´t think so... And for the record, i´m in Brazil !!! Claro Operator. Motorola RULEZZZZ !!! Keep doing the great job and PLEASE, UPDATE IT TO Android Ginger Bread 2.3 !!!
ty, 10 Dec 2010flash lite 3.01 i think but will get full flash 10 support q2 next year wen it gets froyoNo, It has Flash 10.1 Instaled, read the review
Anonymous, 10 Dec 2010I will buy the phone if Gingbread 2.3 come to Defy ????? :( No
Anonymous, 09 Dec 2010do not buy this phone it has lots of problems https://supportforums.motorola.com/thread/4115... moreInteresting... I think Moto will do something about it. The Defy is the ONLY one Android waterproof phone. :X It looks cool. I hope they will announce the Defy 2 at MWC, and I hope it will have a bigger internal storage, and better camera. :)
What size is video recording ? HD or less ? I can not find this info on the web.
Anonymous, 10 Dec 2010does it support flash?flash lite 3.01 i think but will get full flash 10 support q2 next year wen it gets froyo
Cant be bothered waitin on gsm for their review so I bought one on ebay, should get next week! Cant wait!!!
I'm just guessing: maybe the earpiece issue that has been reported in several markets is the reason why GSMArena is postponing their review for so long? Maybe they're not willing to give us their recommendation until the problem gets solved officialy?
Anonymous, 09 Dec 2010do not buy this phone
it has lots of problems
https://supportforums.motorola.com/thread/4115... moreObviously, another Moto-hater.
My Defy works perfectly and have no problems at all.
Battery lasts 2 days even! Taking pics, listening to music, making calls and texts as well.
do not buy this phone
it has lots of problems
Why is has taken Motorola years to warm up and
now comming up with JUST few handsets ?
alay boy, 01 Dec 2010is the black n white version sold exclusively for T-Mobile? hope it'll be available outside US..Hong Kong will get Defy for about US$411 handset only, unlock without contract, in about 2 weeks.
One network service provider offers the phone for US$344, also unlock, with 6-months contract of US$6 each month.
Yes, likely we'll also get the black and white version too!
Phones of this nature are never the prettiest ones either, though Motorola tried very hard to make this one the exception rather than the rule. The touchscreen takes up most of the front with little room for anything else besides speaker, sensors and the touch-sensitive buttons on the bottom. There are two bands of rubber, one black and one white, that stretch around the entire phone’s side that gives it a softer look, though there are six tiny Torx screws bolted into the black band that end up making the Defy look more like a tank, and it doesn’t do the Defy any favors in the looks department as a result.
At the bottom of the white band comes the back of the phone, decked out in black rubber just like the top side band. The Defy is designed in such a way that the front is wider and taller than the back; I believe this was done as a way for us to get a firmer and more solid grip on the device, as I do find the Defy to be easy and comfortable to hold. On the back itself, we see the 5 MP camera and accompanying LED flash. LED flash is absolutely crucial to have when considering a phone camera 5 MP or higher, because a camera at that high quality should have every luxury available to it that digital cameras of that caliber have. If phone cameras are replacing standard digital cameras, give them the same abilities so they can truly become competitive.
Lastly on the back, we can find the latch to take the battery cover off. This latch is the main part of the phone that keeps the water outside. Essentially the latch is a gasket that seals the phone shut from the surrounding water, and can only be opened by using a slider that has to be slid open to detach the cover from the phone. When using the Defy you need to make absolutely certain this latch is completely locked so as to ensure all of the Defy’s insides stay dry at all times.
The front is decked out with Gorilla Glass, which is meant to be a more durable material than the glass most other touchscreens are made out of. While it doesn’t prevent the screen from cracking, it does help keep the screen from getting so scratched up that you can’t see your phone’s display as a result. The touch-sensitive buttons on the front are the usual ones for most Android devices of late: menu, home, back, and search.
On the sides, there isn’t much, and for good reason. The more components that can be accessed on the outside of the phone, the more likely water damage can occur. So Motorola has kept everything to as minimum as possible. All we have on the left side is the port for MicroUSB charging, and the right side plays host to a volume up/down rocker. Up top we find a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a screen lock button. On the bottom, nothing.
Internally the Defy holds 2 GB storage, but an expandable MicroSD card slot gives you the option of sticking up to 32 GB extra in the Defy if you want.
All in all, I was impressed with the hardware and design of the Defy. Motorola did a great job of making a rugged device that fits well in your pocket and has a cool modern look to it. And it does the job that it was designed to do: keep water out.
Software and OS of the Defy
The Defy runs on Android 2.1 Eclair and is loaded with Motorola’s famous (or infamous, depending on how you look at it) MotoBlur User Interface. As it is a Motorola device, however, this is to be completely expected. The UI is the same as can be found on Motorola’s other Droid devices such as the Droid 2 Global, Droid X, and Droid Pro. The only difference you will see between the Defy and the Pro/Droid 2 Global is that the latter is supported by Froyo, aka Android 2.2. This is the newer version that is able to run at faster speeds and supports Flash Player. Being that the Defy debuted at roughly the same time period, it’s unfortunate that the Defy is already considered outdated compared to these other phones.
But moving past the concern of which version of Android is on which phone, Motoblur in and of itself has many good intentions. The whole goal of the UI is to integrate all of your social networking together, such as your Facebook and Twitter status updates, and attach them to one singular account that you can access even if you move from one Moto phone to another. The UI makes use of several different kinds of widgets to continuously stream new updates in at your convenience. However if these widgets get in the way, or prove to be unuseful to you, they’re easy to delete.
The problem I have with a UI attempting to integrate all of this social networking capability into one account is that the latest versions of Android already have decent social network integration built into any phones that have been updated to the latest version. So I just think it’s somewhat cumbersome to push all of that aside in order to replace it out with your own solution. That’s the double-edged sword of an “open source” OS; it’s too easy to go in and throw in your own flavor to an already proven platform.
As the Defy is a slate phone that has no physical keyboard, a heavy emphasis must be placed on the phone’s on-screen keyboard itself. At least this is an area where the Defy did not disappoint. Fortunately the Defy is equipped with the Swype keyboard out-of-box, which makes me very happy. I always love having different keyboard choices, but Swype is starting to become my default keyboard if available. With Swype you can just slide your finger from one letter to another until you complete the entire word, and it’s smart enough to tell what you are trying to type. If the word isn’t recognized then you can manually type it in the old-fashioned method (I do find it rather odd that I’m called a regular on-screen keyboard “old-fashioned”). This keyboard style has increased my typing speed dramatically.
Besides these factors, there is not much out of the ordinary on the Defy’s OS that you won’t find on any other MotoBlur device, especially those that have come out over the last few months.
The Motorola Defy’s Water Tests
Let’s not waste any more time. I know you want to know how the water testing went, so I’m happy to tell you exactly how it all worked out.
This video footage was taken on my Defy as I dunked it in water:
This was my favorite part of the entire review. It’s not too often I get permission to test out a phone’s durability to such extremes, so I lept at the opportunity to throw the Defy into water and see exactly how it would last. Having heard a few horror stories about Defys being water-damaged because a plug wasn’t actually sealed correctly, I was very cautious and meticulous about making sure everything was properly sealed. When it came time to put the phone in water, I was trying to keep myself from physically pulling myself and the phone away from it, just out of natural paranoia on my part.
But once I let my inhibitions down and threw the Defy in water, I watched (and recorded video) as it lay at the bottom of the tub of water, and realized that the screen was still on, and I could even make phone calls to the Defy while it was immersed. Granted, due to the nature of capacitive screens I could not actually answer any incoming calls (or do anything else with the screen for that matter), but it was neat to see the phone actually working when any other phone would be completely frying and going nuts in every way possible.
I kept the Defy in a tub of water (which was less than a foot deep, but deep enough to completely immerse it and get the point across) for roughly 2 minutes, took it out again and dried it with a rag. As soon as the screen was dry, I could use it normally as if nothing had happened at all. So I dunked it again. And again. I dunked it 4 times overall, each time for at least 1-2 minutes. So in a very short time period the Defy stayed underwater for roughly 5-10 minutes total. That’s definitely long enough to determine how well a phone can hold up to water, that’s for sure. Under the sealed gasket, there was a small amount of water on the top and bottom, but there were walls around the battery cavity that prevented any water from seeping in. In fact, after so many minutes of underwater adventuring, the liquid damage indicator was still completely white (when exposed to water, it becomes red as a telltale method for OEMs to determine if the warranty is void).
So my experiments were a success. The Motorola Defy can officially Defy water. There are a couple disclaimers, however:
First, you need to make absolutely certain that every plug and gasket is completely sealed. You shouldn’t be able to pull it away without digging into it with your fingernail or a finger and thumb combination. Second, even though it protects against water, it will only protect up to certain depths before the pressure becomes too much for the phone to handle. Motorola has claimed that the Defy can handle up to 10 minutes in water 3 feet deep. In other words, it’s still a very good idea to be cautious with your phone, though the Defy at least gives you some wiggle room if an accident occurs. Drop it in the sink? No problem. Drop it in the toilet? Please don’t tell us, but also no problem (unless you flush first).