From budget to high-end, Android devices are beginning to dominate the mobile market in a big way. Itís almost impossible to walk around town without bumping into somebody whoís peering deep into their Android, blissfully unaware of life happening around them. Because of the absolute market saturation of Android, itís very easy to not be phased by the latest and greatest Android phone that comes around. After all, unless it includes a crazy design or super awesome specs that are almost akin to having the phone do your laundry, itís just the same olí Android. Nothing big. It makes a lot of sense that phone companies are starting to come up with all sorts of ideas to have their Android stand out of the crowd and wipe its competition off the face of the earth.
Which brings us to the Motorola Defy, a new Android device that has launched on T-Mobileís network. Itís a rugged device, which isnít anything special. Except itís a special kind of rugged, the kind that withstands water at a much higher level than any other phone on the market today, including the Motorola i1 Android that was billed as the very first rugged smartphone device to come out.
I was incredibly excited to begin reviewing the Defy, because it meant I would be able to dunk it in water. How often can I take my phone and just throw it in the kitchen sink and let it swim around for a while, and not get in trouble for it? Not very often at all, so I definitely wanted to take advantage of this opportunity to put the Motorola Defy to the test.
But even though I will spend a decent amount of time discussing the merits of dropping the Defy in the city pool and yet surviving, letís keep in mind that itís still a regular phone inside that rugged physique. Indeed, a phone that withstands being immersed in water doesnít do any good if itís a terrible phone in performance. Thus, without further adieu, here are my findings and observations on the Motorola Defy after some personal time with it.
Hardware and Design of the Defy
The first thought that popped into my head upon hearing that the Defy is a rugged device was ďbig and bulkyĒ. It seems as though it should be a requirement. But I certainly was surprised when it finally showed up at my doorstep. Itís easy to mistake this phone for any regular olí Android: weighing in at 4.2 ounces and with dimensions o4.21 x 2.32 x 0.53, itís completely average. It even throws in a 3.7″ capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. It even feels smaller than expected when handling it.
All due respect folks, but if you're expecting to get awesome earbuds with a $99 phone you're kidding yourself. I can't tell you if the earbuds that come with the Defy are good or not. They are still in the package because I've already got a nice set of Sony earbuds. I didn't buy a phone because it came with earbuds, I bought the phone because of it's features such as water resistant, dust proof, and scratch proof. If you need a life proof phone you will not be disappointed by this phone.
It's a great device for a good price; I'm very satisfied [Brazil]. The earpieces are awful, but they're 3.5mm standard, and can be easily replaced by better ones of your choice.
I own this phone. It is quite amazing. To answer the ear piece question. I have submerged this phone and the speakers and mic's are working fine. To answer the person about the processer speed. WHY? 800mhz with 1.25g rom and 512ram is excellent. Mutitasks perfectly with no slow down. To answer 2.2 question, again why? it has the features you get on 2.2 but on 2.1 with exception of saving apps to the sd card. To fix this download app Monster (free). Defy will go 2.2 in the new year (2011). Further to this the hero feature of this phone is that its life proof, not that it can mutitask.
MotoBlur is good, improvements have been made. I can honestly say I enjoy the live streaming compared to the refresh button on a HTC or samsung. No need for usless FB and Twitter apps either, which is refreshing to think a manufactuer can work with these social networking companies to offer a great solution.
Finally its android which means apps, email, maps and Navigation, Music, everything in your world in your hands.
Want a lifeproof 3.7inch touch screen which is light weight (13mm thin, 113grams) with a massive battery which last all day. Then buy this one!
Hope this helps someone.
I really wanted to buy this handset, but issues with the earpiece are reported from every part of the world :-(
@GSMarena: if you would write a review about Defy, could you please take a look at this topic as well?
The next defy should be equipped with xenon flash, 1.2 gigs cpu, xvid/divx player, and a a front facing camera.
[deleted post]Suggest you visit t-mobile's website and key in the zip code for the nearest shop with this phone available, or see if they take order online.
i like this set but actully problem is this it should be aavalible in every part of world and price should be fixed
this is first android water and dost prof in the world
powerfull cpu . perfect features and lovely design
Tank, 04 Dec 2010Hey All, Does anyone know a good gps software with voice navigation that doesnt need the inter... moreWell,you can try Sygic:
motorola defy was released in oct 2010, same as nokia c7, but why there's still no review of defy?
come on gsmarena, please make a review of defy.
can it do the multitasking like nokia c7?
how about the picture sample?
cause defy has autofocus camera, unlike nokia c7.
how about the video sample?
please gsmarena, i'm dying waiting for the review.:(
i personally want to buy either nokia c7 or motorola defy.
thanks in advance.
Hey All, Does anyone know a good gps software with voice navigation that doesnt need the internet to work. Thanks in advance
Anonymous, 03 Dec 2010this software should be avalible in the new yearthanks
How I can root My device ?
I'm looking for some phone, that should be phone in first place and smart phone in second. My needs are :
Announced : 2010
QWERTY keyboard : Without QWERTY
Height : Less than 110 mm
Operating system :Android
Display size : 3.2" or more
I think the Motorola Defy is the excellent choice.
Someone can propose better option ?
This is the phone that browse the net with flash,plays all kinds of movie videos with an android player,has a big multi-touch screen,it fits in small hands and you don't have to be afraid of a fall to the groudnd...Even if it does't have the clearest screen or whatever else it can replace a pc and be used by anyone,from an athlete to a tech geek.I aproove 100%