We are in the second year of Androids existence and so far Android covers every segment of the market from entry-level to high-end. Everyone is looking at the Desire, the Optimus 2X, the high-end part, but one niche gets significantly less attention, and that is the so called workphone. One that you wont protect with a bumper, put an expensive leather casing around it, clean it with microfibre every time you use it, one that you can drop every once in a while without being afraid of its breaking. The Motorola Defy is the manufacturers latest contribution to this market, and combines robust build quality with smartphone technology.

Motorola was one of the inventors of the concept. Now customers of this niche do not necessarily want to sacrifice performance to gain sturdiness of this level. Can Motorola meet this requirement?

The Motorola Defy features Android 2.1 topped by MOTOBLUR, a 5-MP autofocus camera with LED flash, an 800 MHz processor-powered 852×480 display of 3.7 inches. Initially, it seems to meet the requirements. ..

On the outside, is hard to figure anything out of the ordinary, compared to your usual Android phone. It is not overdesigned to look hard-core, it isnt heavy, or doesnt look buff. It has quite a nice, premium look. The sides are a bit more colourful, of white and black plastic, which feel high-quality as well. The micro-USB port and the headphone jack are covered. The back looks like from the same material as the black band on the side, and here, in larger surfaces it still looks nice. It is a little hard to take off, but this all goes due to the water resistance requirements. Under it, you can find a microSD-slot, with a preinstalled 2GB card which you might want to upgrade later on.

The front looks nice, and it is covered by Gorilla Glass which is scratch resistant. Still it gives good response, so you dont need to tap too hard to get reactions. The screen ticks all the boxes and does its job quite well, it is well readable outdoors which is a requirement for a phone like this.

As for software, MOTOBLUR is Motorolas way of enhancing Android. At this time, it might seem a little outdated, seeing that Android has Gingerbread out, but it does its job in an acceptable manner. The experience is smooth and swift for most of the time.

As for battery life, its great. Using it thoroughly still doesnt deplete it at the end of the day, and one full charge can last you two or three, if you are near Wi-Fi which disables the cellular radio on the phone another smart move.

All in all, the Motorola Defy seems to be a great choice for those who may lead a hectic lifestyle, or perhaps work outside. Finally, those who require a phone with a robust construction do not have to sacrifice on features and functionality.

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