Motorola adds Defy, Milestone 2 to European portfolio

With the new Defy and Milestone 2, the handset manufacturer drops five new Android phones in under a week.

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Motorola is having a rather productive week with Android. After releasing new Ming handsets on Monday, the company chose Wednesday to debut two more devices: the ruggedized Defy and the Milestone 2.

Save for the exclusion of push-to-talk, the Defy has the look and feel of an updated i1. On the outside it features a 3.7-inch Gorilla Glass display that can withstand dust and water, while inside it has a 5-megapixel camera and 1.25GB of onboard memory. The touch-only Defy runs Android 2.1 with the updated version of MotoBlur (Android 1.5) and includes support for Adobe Flash Lite. Assuming this device sees Froyo, it will then have the full Flash experience. Look for the Defy to hit Europe later this year in the fourth quarter.

Like Verizon's Droid 2, the Milestone 2 follows its predecessor with a beefed up slider design and QWERTY keyboard. Though it's powered by Froyo, Motorola has opted to add the MotoBlur experience.

Its features include a 1GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera capable of 720p HD video recording, and 3.7-inch display. You'll also find 8GB internal memory and a microSD card slot (an 8GB card should come with the phone). And of course, there's the requisite GPS, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi support.

Since we're dealing with Android 2.2, the Milestone 2 can act as a 3G mobile hot spot for up to five devices. I find it somewhat strange that Motorola decided to add this version of Motolur and not the less-invasive flavor that is on the Droid 2 or Droid X. After the recent news that the handset maker was planning to focus less on the custom interface. The Milestone 2 will arrive in U.K., Germany, and France when it debuts the fourth quarter.