Just ordered my Motorola Defy for www.crazy-bundles.de ... I live in Greece and it costed me only 343.40 EUR incl VAT and shipping! I hope everything turns out ok!
when can we get a gsmarena review?! People looking to get this for christmas presents,a review is vital and fast!!
Anonymous, 15 Nov 2010Just one or two questions
Does it come with swype?
What video codecs does it play eg. h.26... more1.) Yep, Swype is on by default.
2.) From Official Moto Defy page:
eAAC+, MP3, AMR WB, MPEG-4, H.264, AAC, WMA9, AAC+
3.) 2GB internal - 32GB expandable via microusb
Just one or two questions
Does it come with swype?
What video codecs does it play eg. h.264 mp4 etc?
What is the internal memory reserved for apps?
Seriously considering this phone!
I think 240 hours is just a realistic standby time, whereas other manufacuters just come up with some extreme numbers, achievable only in heavens.
How about de sound quality of de video recorder (for me it is important for school and live music recording)?
Otherwise I wait till froyo.
Just been sent this from Vodafone UK, I am not a geek or a techo sado! LOL it what was available on my upgrade.
Hero factor is that its water, dust and scratch resistant. No other smartphone is in the UK. I have broken many phones due to water damage, so its about time someone made a life proof phone. No suprise its Moto, my v3 is still working!! and I have throwen it, drop it, kicked it and even lost it in the snow of last year and had to wait for the big melt before I found it.
Oh no it's not froyo!!! Whatever will we do! Oh thats right we will still be able to download apps, send emails and even make a call. It has features like wifi hotspot which is a froyo service, so not being able to save apps to my sd card is not massive. when the update comes, I will take advantage but i think I can wait.
Further to this its 13mm thin and 113grams with 3.7 touch screen. the phone is small and light compared to other smart phones and this one needs no jacket! LOL
Overall the phone is quick, responsive and the Blur service is very good, everything (Corp email, POP, FB and Twitter for me) is pushed to you. Not having to hit the refresh button is refreshing. Added extra's are the data manager which is highly useful in the UK with no ulimited data plans (You can just sync over wifi)the battery manager is great customise your profile and it really lasts (not like other famous android brands).
Finally the connected media player is awesome, you can buy from amazon and listen to other tune wiki peoples music. Oh and the last point cystal talk plus I stumble across, it really works.... was at the o2 watching a gig and my friend could hear me over the music, I just could hear him LOL.
Hope this helps someone who is looking for some honest advise or oppinion. As there is a lot of rubbish on this comments page. So if your thinking of getting one, and you want work email, personal email, facebook, twitter pushed to your phone, but want it last 24 months of life, then get one!!! its a really good phone and has no let downs.
Kuzzy, 13 Nov 2010Could you please tell me based on ur experience the following:
1. Browsing and playing videos... more1. It certainly is NOT the best browsing experience out there but imo it is a contender in comparison with similarly spec'd droidphones. There are videos out there and simply google them for you to see.
2. Yep, via USB.
tictactaylor, 13 Nov 2010This is £300 at cpw. San Francisco on orange is better value. At £110 you get slig... moreReasons why I think you're paying more
for the Motorola Defy than
the San Francisco (ZTE Blade)
at this point in time.
Defy vs ZTE Blade
1.) 16M colours vs 256k colours
2.) 3.7 inc vs 3.5
3.) Gorilla Glass vs. standard glass
4.) 3.5 mm audio jack vs nil
5.) internal 2GB storage vs 150MB
6.) DLNA vs nothing
7.) 5MP & LED flash camera vs 3.15MP no flash
8.) Dude, dip the Defy in a glass of water or
throw it in a pool - it lives and then some.
mangbhoy, 13 Nov 2010premise: This is a mid-priced phone
Excuse the non-technical review
1.) External looks -... moreCould you please tell me based on ur experience the following:
1. Browsing and playing videos on flash website.
2. Can you use your phone like a modem (connecting ur pc to the internet through ur phone).
Thanks for your reply.
mangbhoy, 13 Nov 2010premise: This is a mid-priced phone Excuse the non-technical review 1.) External looks -... moreThis is £300 at cpw. San Francisco on orange is better value. At £110 you get slightly slower processor but i think better screen. Defy should have 1gig processor at this price. Worth £200 only i feel. Still just my opinion. Motorola make nice phones this no exception just too costly at the moment. It has to be noted until recently you could buy a galaxy s from o2 for £320 gone up to £350, still a better deal i feel though than this phone on price though.
premise: This is a mid-priced phone
Excuse the non-technical review
1.) External looks - It's a "Lifeproof" phone and not something that you'd want a phone thief to want - which is good. Imo, it doesn't have the "wow" factor but it does have the "mmmnn! I see" factor.
The phone feels good on the hands and provides good grip. But even if it slips off your hand, you won't really worry about it :)
2.) Display - Above average in darkness, visible in sunlight, it's fun texting in the rain as well!
Just finished watching Iron Man and Iron Man 2 on this baby and it's awesome because of the 3.7 screen size!
Games are fun to play too!
3.) Sound - I have no problems in hearing voice calls and I've been asked by my friends a couple of times if I was at home making the calls when in fact I was out on the streets of London.
Don't expect the best audio quality from the speakers of a mobile/smartphone and this is true with the Defy. You can always plug in your headphones/headset or Bluetooth your way to personal audio bliss.
4.) Features/Speed - Swyping, navigating and browsing is an ease. Installing and uninstalling is a breeze. Don't give me that 'it ain't a 1GHz processor' please. It's a nifty Android powered tease!
5.) Battery Life - Fully charged at 8am. Then I'd normally listen to tunes on the commute, make at least 10 calls (minimum 2 minutes per call) a day, send at least 30 txts, made a few Facebook status updates and comments. Took it down to the pub after work, took 3 pictures. Back at home, there's still juice on the battery!
Loving it! Worth the pre-order wait!
This is my first smartphone - I'm coming from a Moto RAZR2 V8. Was thinking of getting an HTC Desire but I'm glad that I bought this one and I'm sure this'll last for at least a couple of years!
Next stop! Motomodding :D
I think 240h is low capacity anyone that use it can tell us how many days is up to use not stand by.
I've posted another comment in the past about this phone saying how great phone this is... Well after a week i convinced myself to go out there and buy it! I live in Greece so first thing in next week i 'm gonna find me the best internet deal and order it!
I was at first drawn to it because of it's compactness but as i began to discover what powerhouse this phone is as well i just fell in love with it.
We are talking about HTC Aria/Gratia compactness, maybe a bit thicker but still, 3.7" screen makes up for that. We are also talking about Arm Cortex A8 CPU core supporting ARMv7 instruction set. That almost means a certain Android 2.2 update with full Flash 10.1 support since it also sports a dedicated GPU chip, the PowerVR SGX530 which is more powerful even from the GPU chipsets found on Snapdragons, Adreno 205.
The fact that it's a rugged phone wasn't such a big deal for me at first, but after rethinking it it occurred to me that i 'm not going to use a case/pouch with this phone ever. I'm gonna be taking it with me anywhere, in my pocket or bag, along with any other of my staff such as keys and not worry about any scratches. I will be leaving it on any table, beach sand, next by the pool or at the side of my bed and not worry about any water spilling on it or falling down and break.
About the battery now, it says that it has a standby of 242 hours. Well for me it's ok. I believe that translates into 2 days of normal/light use. It's not like i can't get my hands on a power plug or a USB port in two days.
Finally let's talk about price. Who could of thought that such a great phone would only cost around 370 euros. Not me anyway! I had my eye on the HTC Gratia before, a very compact phone with Android 2.2 but after i found out that it will be hitting the market at the price of 400 euros i was disappointed. I mean it's a nice mid-range phone but it's ARM11 CPU and Adreno 200 GPU just doesn't worth that much. I could get an HTC Aria for 300 euros instead and wait for an Android 2.2 update but still, the difference in hardware from Defy and the fact that it won't support Flash 10.1 was a deal breaker for me!
Well that's my thoughts about this phone, if i went wrong about anything feel free to correct me and thanks for reading :-) !
***Left-handers across the world, take heed***
First i'll dive into the goods about 2.1.
Although its not 2.2, this is still an excellent option. Swype texting is good (although the phone still has trouble sometimes interpreting any words with two consecutive letters of the same kind such as guess or spell). 3G coverage is great in my area (USA, South Texas). App installation and uninstall are a breeze (i say this because my former phone was a BB 9700). This device can also be used as a mass storage device. Web browsing is good too. 3G coverage and a decent processor makes for quick webpage rendering. Speakerphone is GREAT on here. Crystal clear voice from both sides of the conversation.
The Body: The phone feels solid in your hand. There are no loose parts on here at all. I purposely dropped it three different times from about 3-4 feet up during my one week of ownership. No markings on it yet, however i have no intentions of purposely dropping it anymore. I also did my personal water-resistant test by placing the phone under a faucet and allowing water to flow on to the screen and battery cover. After drying it off and checking any corners or slits on the phone, it remained dry.
***Do not confuse the terms water-resistant and water-proof***
I have seen various videos of ppl submerging the Defy into swimming pools or large glasses of water. I'm pretty sure those phones were not theirs to keep.
My personal Con to this phone:
I understand that alot of android devices are not made for left-handed individuals like myself. I am mainly speaking of the camera app. When i go to take a pic, naturally i want to rotate the phone clock-wise. I can't take a pic that way at all, so i have to flip it to the "right" way (pun intended). I discover that ALL of the on-screen options are on the right side. Even the onscreen tap to take a picture is on the upper right side. When i am holding my phone in the default landscape mode with my left hand, my index finger lands perfectly on the volume keys and my middle finger perfectly blocks the lens and flash:
After some online research, i ran into XDA developers that have ONE possible remedy for this but nothing solid. Can any lefties or developers get past this?