Until now, people looking for a hardwearing mobile phone were limited to just a few options which only have basic specifications and carry out simple functions. The Motorola Defy has now been released, and brings together Smartphone functionality with the practicality of a handset which is both waterproof and dust proof.
The handset measures 107x 59x 13.4 mm whilst weighing in at a relatively lightweight 118 g. It boasts a 3.7 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen which is able to display up to 16 million individual colours within a pixel layout of 480x 854. The screen is made out of Gorilla Glass, which protects it from scratches and everyday wear and tear. The screen comes with touch-sensitive controls as well as multi-touch input support and proximity and accelerometer sensors.
The Motorola Defy utilises vibration and ringing to alert users to incoming calls, messages and other notifications. Users have the luxury of assigning their own MP3 and WAV audio tracks as ringtones, meaning they can customise the sound of the handset. In order to carry out handsfree conversations, an easy to use speakerphone system is provided alongside a 3.5 millimetre audio jack which can be used with a pair of headphones for listening to music or handsfree headsets.
A generous 2 GB of internal storage is provided alongside 512 MB RAM. Additionally, there is an integrated microSD card slot which comes with a pre-installed 2 GB memory card. If this becomes full, users can swap this for a card of up to 32 GB, meaning they can easily store an entire digital music collection within the phone, or any other file types such as video clips, photos or downloaded apps.
A comprehensive package of connectivity features is included with the Motorola Defy. Both GPRS and EDGE are provided in class 12 versions include the handset connected to cellular networks on the move. Browsing the Internet is an important part of any Smartphone, and the Motorola Defy certainly delivers. 3G coverage allows users to browse the Internet via an HSDPA connection which provides download speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps. A faster and more reliable connection can be achieved however thanks to Wi-Fi whenever users have the appropriate access to local wireless networks. Both Bluetooth v2.1 and micro USB connections finish off the package of connectivity features.
An impressive 5 mega pixel digital camera is included, and this operates at 2592x 1944 pixels and boasts Autofocus, LED flash and image stabilisation. These features not only improve the quality of the resulting still images, but also simplify the task of taking them. Users can also utilise the camera to shoot video footage, and this is in VGA quality at a rate of 30 frames per second.
The Motorola Defy calls upon the ever popular Android operating system, in this case v2.1 (Eclair); however this is upgradeable to later versions. It works in conjunction with an 800 MHz processor to provide a fast user interface as well as an ideal platform for expansion and customisation thanks to access to the Android Market, were users can browse thousands of apps and download the apps of their choice.
Numerous features are included as standard such as the standard package of Google tools, versatile media player along with a host of social networking and productivity features.
The Motorola Defy looks great and offers all the functionality of many rival Android Smartphones. It is the ideal choice for those who have an active lifestyle or work outdoors, but do not want to sacrifice features to have a hardwearing mobile phone.