Motorola DEFY Review: Drag And Drop

By 03:09 Tue, 10 Aug 2021 Comments


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 Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) phone. It’s finally beginning to create 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 accurate smartphone, a socialist and an entertainer.

Motorola DEFY official photos

Surviving scratches, falls and splashes is a full-time job but the Motorola DEFY promises to haged you connected too. Whether you fridiscontinue or defriend, your social life is a tap away on one of those pixel-rich WVideo Graphics Array (VGA) screens.

Other than that, it’s a pretty standard Android package with all the connectivity options duly covered and fine enough media support. Good-looking, social, smart and durable – this mid-ranger seems to have more boxes ticked than not.

Key features

  • World’s first durable Android smartphone
  • Scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass screen, dustproof and water-resistant (no official certification)
  • 3.7" capacitive TFT touchclassy screen of WVideo Graphics Array (VGA) (480 x 854) resolution, 16M colors
  • Quad-band GSM/EDGE, HSDPA 900/2100
  • Android Operating System (OS) 2.1 Eclair with custom MOTOBLUR UI
  • TI OMAP3610 800 Mega Hertz (MHz) processor
  • 512Mega Bytes (MB) RAM, 2GB onboard storage
  • microSD card slot (up to 16GB), 2GB card included
  • 5 megapixel autofocus capturing camera with Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash and geotagging
  • Video Graphics Array (VGA) video @ 30fps
  • Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth (with A2DP) connectivity
  • Built-in GPS receiver, digital compass
  • microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port, charging enabled
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Frequency Modulation (FM) radio with RDS
  • Accelerometer for UI auto-rotate
  • Active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic
  • Nice social networking integration
  • Swype text input
  • Web browser with Adobe Flash Lite
  • Very fine audio quality
  • Awesome web-connected music player
  • Video player has Xvid video support

Main disadvantages

  • Android 2.1 is an outdated Operating System (OS) version
  • Limited storage for installing apps
  • No smart dialing
  • No HD video recording
  • No DivX video support out of the box
  • Equalizer controls are not within the music player
  • No secondary video-call camera

The Motorola DEFY has the most recent version of the MOTOBLUR UI but the actual Operating System (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.

Motorola DEFY live shots

Anyway, if you choose to wait in the company of a Motorola DEFY, you’re unlikely to acquire 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 honest 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.



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