Motorola has launched the world’s first rugged Android smartphone, the Motorola Defy. The Motorola Defy is a smartphone that’s rugged but still has an attractive design. This Motorola Defy Review covers all the positive and negative points of this new gadget in the market.
Motorola Defy can’t define as the fastest Android smartphone on the market, but surely recommend it for active users. Motorola Defy comes with a price tag of Rs. 17,500 which is also an excellent value for money.
Features of Motorola Defy
Motorola has defined the Defy as a tough smartphone. But interestingly, presented it is a ruggedised handset, the Motorola Defy is one of the least heavy Android smartphones in the Android family. It includes an edge-to-edge display, a stylish rubber back and curved edges that make it comfortable to hold and use. Apart from the business-looking screws around the side of the casing, the Defy looks like a standard Android smartphone, thus unquestionably Motorola does deserve a lot of credit for its impressive design.
Motorola has revealed that the Defy is not “waterproof”, but it is described as water resistant, and can handle being sunken in up to a metre of water. You will need to make sure the plastic flaps covering both the headphone jack and the microUSB port are shut before you test to drown the phone. The two are a little annoying to open, but properly close off the ports from leaking water when correctly closed.
The screen is 3.7-inch when calculated diagonally, but it is not as wide as the iPhone 4, which only measures 3.5-inches. Defy’s display is made up of ‘Gorilla Glass’, which the Motorola claims is difficult to scratch or crack. The Defy’s display is bright and clear and has fantastic resolution. However, some users may find it a little hard to read because the text size in Defy is smaller than on most other Android smartphones.
The Motorola Defy has a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and a single LED flash, which also doubles as a video recorder. The Motorola has 2GB of internal memory, and also a microSD card slot for extra storage. Motorola includes a 2GB microSD card with the package.
You can use the volume keys as zoom buttons, and the ability to swipe through scene and effect settings is a nice function.
The Motorola Defy runs the Google’s Android operating system 2. 1 aka Eclair. Motorola has stated the Defy will be upgraded to 2. 2 (Froyo) will soon, and the they have integrated a number of Froyo functions into the present software. The Defy has the ability to act as a wireless hotspot and also comes with a lite version of Adobe Flash. These two features are normally reserved to Android smartphones running Froyo.
The Defy also comes with the newest version of Motorola’s MotoBlur service. Motoblur is a widget-based interface that combines multiple social networking and communications accounts like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LastFM, e-mail, Picasa, Photobucket and Yahoo Mail. You will need to create a MotoBlur account to use the service, but it is free and all content and data is pushed live to the handset. Motoblur also provides excellent security features including the ability to automatically wipe the handset when it is lost or stolen, and the automatic back up of content.
The Motorola Defy has a handful of applications pre installed, such as Quickoffice, Media Share and task, battery and data managers. Defy’s media player is a notch above most other Android phones — the “connected music player” automatically finds album art and lyrics from the Internet for any tracks in your library, while a “song identification” feature, similar to the app Shazam, is also bundled.
Pros and Cons According to us:
- Dust, water and scratch resistant
- Attractive design and Lightweight
- Swype text-entry
- Value for money
- Display feels sticky
- Touch-sensitive menu keys
Motorola Defy Price in India
Motorola Defy Price in India is 17,500.
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