The Motorola Defy aims to offer the smartphone user a little bit more than standard functionality. While the Defy can be your average mid-range Android mobile, its slightly rugged shell gives it an edge over the competition.
After prolonged use, we found the design quite comfortable given its 118g weight. Button and port placement is optimal for accessibility too.
The device is designed to be water and dust-resistant and is pretty sturdy owing to its 3.7-inch, 480x854-pixel Gorilla Glass-encased display and hard plastic shell.
We dunked it into a glass of water but the results weren’t impressive. Water tends to seep in through the camera/flash gap and through the locking system at the rear panel. The rear panel though, has a division that is designed to keep the water out of the battery compartment.
In conclusion, accidentally spilling water on the handset may be a cause for concern.
What’s more upsetting is that Motorola has launched yet another handset running Android 2.1 with no mention of an update to Froyo 2.2. The Defy’s 800MHz Cortex-A8 processor does make it faster than Motorola’s Milestone but the ‘MotoBlur’ user interface still has some kinks.
Call quality is great with dual mics for active noise cancellation — rest assured you’ll hear conversations clearly and so will whoever’s on the other end.
Good for music
The Defy does not support DivX playback, but a quick fix is to download the Rock Player Lite app. Music quality is good. Tones are refined and well-balanced. The player will also automatically download album art whenever possible and also comes with access to SoundHound for music recognition and TuneWiki for track information. You can also watch music videos within the player via YouTube of GoTV channels.
The Defy supports 3G but lacks a front-facing camera, so video calling is out. It features a 3G Mobile Hotspot app that allows you to create a Wi-Fi access point to which devices in the vicinity can connect. Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and USB 2.0 complete the connectivity options.
Although the handset comes with GPS support, Motorola has not deemed it fit to include the MotoNav app for maps. You’ll just have to make do with Google Maps when travelling.
A 5MP camera with an LED flash is strapped onto the Defy. It’s not unlike the Milestone’s and offers a variety of scene modes, effects and geotagging. It lacks white balance adjustments and 720p video recording. Image quality is acceptable. However, photos appear rather dull even when shot in bright lighting. There seemed to be a bit of a problem with the focus too.
The 1540mAh battery averages at about 5.5 hours of talk time. On a single charge, with battery saver in play, you’ll be good for about two days. Just make sure you’re running the Task Killer app to optimise its speed.
What we like
* Lightweight design
* Great audio quality
* Scratch resistant display, water-resistant to an extent
* Hard shell prevents internal damage
What we don’t
* MotoBlur interface not up to the mark
* Water seeps in through some gaps
* No front-facing camera for video calling
* No HD video recording
* Music player EQ settings are not within the player
With a price tag of Rs 18,990, the Motorola Defy appears fetching but it doesn't deliver too well on all fronts. It's sturdy no doubt, and manages to keep most of the elements at bay.
The Defy is a great handset with plenty of features but dealing with its minor but many quirks gets cumbersome.