Motorola has announced the Android 2.2-powered Motorola Milestone 2 and the water, rust and scratch-resistant Motorola Defy, which is also powered by Google’s Android OS – just Éclair (2.1) in this instance. But how does the Defy shape up? And most importantly, does it make a good first impression?
Looks and Design
he Defy is built to “defy” everything that life can throw at it, which basically means – in non-sales speak – that it won’t rust, get scratched or scuffed if you bang it on something and you can drop it in your pint or down the toilet and it’ll still work. Simple.
In terms of looks, the Defy isn’t a bad looking device – in fact, it’s gorgeous compared to the likes of other robust devices such as the Sonim XP3 Sentinel. Plus, it has a decent 3.7-inch WVGA, a well-crafted body and is generally a decent looking device.
That said, its body is hardly smooth, featuring bumps a plenty where the Defy’s ports are located, which won’t be to everyone’s tastes – but if this is the cost of being able to leave a mobile phone under water for 30 minutes, then so be it.
The Defy, like its bigger brother the Milestone 2, features Motorola’s own-brand user interface, MotoBlur. So what you get is customisable homescreens, resizable widgets, Android Market support, a unified social networking client and a pretty damn impressive media player – built on TuneWiki and Sound Hound.
The Defy isn’t as powerful as the Milestone 2 and we’re not sure what kind of processor it’s packing, but we do know that it will ship in Q4 with Android 2.1. Whether this device will get updated to Android 2.2 is anyone’s guess, but if we had to take a guess we’d assume that it wouldn’t and will join the growing legion of mid-range smartphones destined to forever remain on Android 2.1.
We had a quick look at the Defy’s imaging capabilities and from what we saw in our brief test, they weren’t too bad at all. Onboard, you’ll find a 5-megapixel camera, auto-focus, flash and digital zoom but no touch-to-focus. So, on the whole, we’d expect you’ll be able to take decent pictures practically anywhere with the Defy, maybe even underwater?
However, it’s also worth pointing out that the Defy cannot shoot video in 720 pixels – unlike the Milestone 2.
Overall, the Motorola Defy, providing it’s priced correctly, could be a serious force to centend with in the smartphone market. That said, we wouldn’t consider it a “high-end” smartphone, our first impression was that it is more likely to go head-to-head with the likes of the HTC Wildfire and the Acer beTouch E400.
And within this context we think it would do extremely well – it’s got Android 2.1, a 5-megapixel camera, a decent UI and enough hidden extras like DNLA and CrystalTalk to make the Motorola Defy a seriously promising little handset.
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