Motorola Defy - Durable Smartphone

Motorola Defy Smartphone
Motorola Defy Smartphone

Smartphones can be fragile things in the hands of active people or those with tough jobs in construction so it comes as a bit of a godsend that there is a smartphone - the Motorola DEFY - that has a better chance in the school of hard knocks. What's more, this phone is an Android Phone which is THE ONE you will want your phone to be running with now and in the future - it took a bit of research to find this out but please - by all means - make your own evaluations (My disclaimer).

Motorola has a long-established presence in the mobile phone market and with the DEFY, they are one of the few companies to have thought of the active and rather reckless set of rugged users who get annoyed with how fragile some of the technology is today - whether they be white water rafters or construction workers, fitness maniacs, sports people, builders, cabinet makers, people who create a lot of dust and noise in the course of their work, people who are a little careless with their phone (I'll admit it) and those who don't want to feel like they are constantly carrying around a priceless thin vase - that is stressful!

You wont need to feel like you have to tiptoe around with this smartphone - DEFY - you can relax and be your (sometimes clumsy!) self.

The Defy has plenty of water-defying rubber in it's construction (including around its' edge and port covers) and has a really good chance of surviving a dunking in the fish tank or toilet for that matter! It's Gorilla glass screen is scratch resistant which will be a relief to users who always find their phone screens 'losing it' over time due to such impossible (somehow) to avoid things.

The internal hardware is good too.


Screen resolution is up there with the best at 480X854 pixels and 3.7 inches. The iphone (yes, love it's design but it's not Android!) 940X640 is bigger than any smartphone. Nevertheless, the Motorola Defy is right up there with those running behind Apple's iphone and is ahead of HTC Desire which has a screen resolution of 800X400.

In other words you will be looking at a bigger version of things like webpages.


The Defy comes with 2Gb in the box as MicroSD memory which is expandable to 32GB which seems to be the gold standard (iphone 4 comes with 32Gb). Whether you will use this much, I don't know about that - it's a hell of a lot?

I do know 2Gb should be enough to start anyone off.

The Defy processor is 800Mhz which puts it slightly behind the HTC and Iphone4 with their 1Ghz(1000Mhz) but whether you will really notice this or care?


Defy comes with a 5 Megapixel (same as Iphone) whereas the HTC Desire HD has an 8 Megapixel camera so it's not a really awesome camera though you will be able to take adequate shots of termite damage in a building and send an MMS to justify how expensive it will be to fix to the office paying you!


UI stands for user interface. The Defy comes with MotoBlur which is the user interface operating with Android in this case. The HTC phones comes with HTC Sense as the Iphone has it's own Apple interface. This comes down to personal taste but be sure to check out the video on this hub to see how good it gets with Google Maps on the Defy.

So if you are looking for a smartphone which is built tough, you do have a choice now with the Motorola Defy and an added bonus with this phone is the amazing clarity of the speakers. It comes with an FM radio.

Happy are those who can Defy!

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nicomp 3 years ago from Ohio, USA

It has a loudspeaker but fidelity is not all that great. profile image 3 years ago Author

Hello Nicomp. Sony hifi is the bees knees I bet it has good speakers but tough?Cheers for sharing here.

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nicomp 3 years ago from Ohio, USA

My new phone is a Sony Experia, supposedly waterproof for a few seconds. Just long enough to snatch it from a shallow bowl-shaped pool, I guess. profile image 5 years ago Author

thanks for keeping readers updated on your rough and horsey antics. Given the predicament of living in a birdhouse, I predict you might go through a few phones, Nicomp.

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nicomp 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

I am indeed rough, but as far as you know I am a horse living in a birdhouse. profile image 5 years ago Author

Most phones cant handle rough dudes (like you, Nicomp?). You need to think more of a crystal glass than a brick when you are using one. LOL. With the motorola defy - I think of a bouncy waterproof ball. Disclaimer: The info here does not come with any warranty and represents the opinion of the author only - please make your own evaluations before purchasing your cell.

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nicomp 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

I wish my carrier offered this unit. I had a Motorola Milestone XT720, actually two of them, because the first one failed within weeks, and the second one failed within days, and now I have none of them. profile image 5 years ago Author

No problems, Mary Ann. Thanks for THAT!

THAT Mary Ann 5 years ago

I'm grateful for this review since choosing a phone is always baffling to me...and I am due for a new one soon...

Thanks, Mate!

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