Excerpt: Kick it. Drop it. Scratch it. Bury it. Sink it. The first "rugged" Android phone for consumers, the Motorola Defy ($99 online with a two-year contract) can withstand all this and more. It sports a sturdy build, sealed ports, and a Corning Gorilla Glass display.
Excerpt: While other phones are going large, Motorola is taking things in a different direction: small and tough. The new Motorola Defy is a compact Android phone that wisely eschews the gigantism of other smartphones. Instead of the HTC Evo’s 4.3-inch screen or the Dell Streak’s 5-incher (please!
Pros: Compact enough to fit in a pocket without causing embarrassing bulges. Surprisingly resistant to liquid immersion. Lightweight. Whaddya know — a smartphone that actually works well for voice calling!
Cons: Lightweight plastic body screams “middlebrow,” not “sophisticate.” Barely enough battery to last through a typical day. Cluttered with widgets you probably won’t use (but which are easy enough to delete). One generation behind the most recent Android version.
Motorola Defy – Is it Really as Rugged as it is Smart?
2 September 2011
Excerpt: The Motorola Defy is designed to offer the regular smartphone user just a little bit more than standard mobile functionality. Goodness knows we’ve got far too many choices for that genre as it is with plenty more on the way.
Motorola Defy+ review: The Motorola Defy+ is essentially the original Defy with a faster processor and upgraded software
Good Gear Guide.au
24 August 2011
Summary: The Motorola Defy+ remains the only option if you want an Android phone that will resist the elements. We love the fact is is water and dust resistant, but Motorola's Motoblur software remains mandatory and the Defy+ isn't as fast or user-friendly as it should be.
Pros: Ruggedised: water and dust resistant, Very competitive price, Swype keyboard
Cons: Below average performance, Motoblur software is mandatory, No major upgrades over original
Motorola Defy review: Motorola's latest smartphone is the first Android handset to be dust, water and scratch resistant
Good Gear Guide.au
15 August 2011
Summary: Motorola deserves plenty of credit for producing an Android smartphone that's rugged but still has an attractive design. The Motorola Defy may not be the fastest Android smartphone on the market, but we recommend it for active users; it is also excellent value for money.
Pros: Dust, water and scratch resistant, Lightweight and attractive design, Swype text-entry
Cons: Text is a little small, Display feels sticky, Touch-sensitive menu keys