Motorola Defy (T-Mobile)

The Good The Motorola Defy is tough enough to withstand everyday hazards with its tough Gorilla glass and rugged exterior. Features include a 5-megapixel camera, a music player, Wi-Fi calling, and GPS, and it ships with Android 2.1. Call quality is excellent.

The Bad The Motorola Defy doesn't take very good pictures and its rough-and-tumble aesthetic isn't for everyone. We also wished we didn't have to activate the Motoblur account to use the phone.

The Bottom Line The Motorola Defy is a great midtier Android smartphone, especially for those who need a phone to be a little more protected against life's everyday mishaps.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 8.0
7.7 Overall

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Review

Motorola Defy (T-Mobile)

While there are many rugged handsets like the Casio G'zOne Ravine and the Sonim XP3 Quest, not many of them are smartphones. In fact, we can only think of one--the Motorola i1, an Android smartphone available from both Boost Mobile and Sprint Nextel. As if sensing a need for such a category, Motorola went ahead and made another rugged smartphone, called the Motorola Defy, and this one is available from T-Mobile. The Defy is not quite as bulky as the i1, but it's built to be almost as tough. If that's not enough, the Defy also has a 5-megapixel camera, an enhanced Motoblur interface, and Wi-Fi calling, and it ships with Android 2.1. The Motorola Defy is available for $99.99 after a new two-year service agreement.

Design
When compared with the Motorola i1, the Motorola Defy is definitely the sleeker and slimmer model. Measuring 4.2 inches long by 2.3 inches wide by 0.5 inch thick, the Defy has a slim and straightforward touch-screen design, with rounded corners and a rubberized back along with a white hard-plastic border around the battery cover. This black-and-white style makes the Defy look far sportier than the i1's all-black duds.

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  • Brand Lenovo
  • Service Provider T-Mobile
  • Diagonal Size 3.7 in
  • Weight 118 g
  • Sensors Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, digital compass
  • Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
  • Additional Features (PB) CrystalTalk PLUS technology (noise reduction), DLNA Certified, TTY compatible, intelligent typing (iTAP), software updates FOTA (Firmware Over The Air)
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