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Motorola DEFY - Smartphone - 3G - WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM - touch - Android

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      03.05.2013 19:02

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      A great phone for anyone active that needs something to last.

      I've been using the Defy for around a year now and have practically no problems at all with it. It keeps up with its contenders in terms of speed, even though I have hundreds of apps installed, and with the added benefit of being waterproof and scratch resistant has made it an ideal phone for me.

      Although everything I've said above, there are some drawbacks; after using it for a long time in one go it does become a bit unresponsive sometimes, such as if you are texting multiple people and constantly switching between the texts it starts to lag, making you wonder whether you pressed a button or not so you end up pressing it again which causes it to just go crazy... not too much of a problem though as if you just leave it alone for a minute it will be okay again.

      The back cover seems to come off a lot, not really a problem, just an annoyance but could put a little bluetac on it if it does annoy you too much.

      One thing to point out is the lock button (or whatever you call it), the button which you press to wake / turn on / turn off / lock your phone, maybe it's just me but it is really hard to press! It takes several goes each time I want to use my phone to try and press this button in. This is really annoying for me however it does mean no one knows how to get on to my phone meaning I don't need a password as people press this button and when nothing happens they can't work it out... you'll get used to it though, although it may just be a fault on my phone. But if it is on all phones, it would not be suitable for the elderly or people with chubby fingers.

      Overall a great phone, been put through its paces, dropped, got wet, used in shower, constant calls and texts, taking pictures (camera not great compared to other phones but still acceptable). Will definitely be using for a while yet! :)


      (Please note, I have also published this review on Ciao under the same username).

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      26.01.2013 20:10
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      Decent but now ageing device from the ever reliable Motorola

      I rarely write phone reviews, mainly because now with the android and apple markets, the sky is the limit with what mobile devices can do. A mobile phone has ceased to just be what its name implies, and has become a small rectangular P.A., storing all details about you, your friends, what everyone is up to, and opening gateways galore to the wonderful digital world.

      As companies compete with each other to produce the best handset and various network providers compete with each other to provide the best monthly tariffs and pay as you go charges, it's easy to get completely lost in what you're doing and make a rash decision based on what everyone else is doing, and forget exactly what you need something for.

      A lot of the buzz is about iPhones and Galaxies, with Windows Phones also bucking the mould and providing Apple with strong competition. The iPhone's recent poor results for their version 5 doesn't actually reflect on the model, more on the quality of other options available to the general consumer, often at a much more affordable rate. Motorola has long been a worthy competitor in the market, and I had previously owned a number of their devices. Always happy with the design and layout, and reassured because nothing has ever let me down from them before, my last upgrade (August 2011) was to this little thing, the Motorola Defy. It doesn't transcend the heights of some of the models I've just mentioned, but it does the basics well and enables the more complicated functions of a mobile handset to be performed, albeit sometimes at a somewhat slower rate.

      The first thing I noticed was the format of texting. I text a lot, and recently have been tweeting and posting on facebook using my mobile. Being in my thirties and trying to keep up with an ever increasing tech savvy population of teens has come as a slight shock, as it seems like yesterday that my 20s had just started and I was just like a teen but with more knowledge and 'street' savvy. Think again! Every year group of students I see is more tech able than the last, and keeping up with them is nigh on impossible. The touchscreen text element on the Motorola is essentially the same as the iPhone, in that you get a touchable keypad come up whenever you want to type, and this is easy to use with the shift functions as well as symbols, numbers and an automatic smiley face button which, when held down for a second or so, comes up with a range of different smileys. It's the little things that can often count......

      Not only is this a far cry and a big step from the previous stylus only touch screen I was used to, but it also seems to contain a whole load more memory. As time progresses, things such as memory cost a lot less and this is why we now seem to have endless memory banks for texts, photos, etc. I find that I don't even have to think about how much memory is being taken up, whereas my previous LG KP501 (pile of rubbish) constantly had me deleting texts and content to enable more space. All this 18 months apart.

      Tweeting et al has also made a big difference, and the wonderful world of Twitter certainly has taken the world by storm, along with most other social networking concepts and sites. The Motorola has ease built into it, with you being able to populate a sideways scrolling 'desktop' with apps and shortcuts as if you were on a PC. I find that having my Twitter and Facebook buttons on the front screen as I unlock the screen allows me to access them immediately, and things such as phoning kind of fall by the wayside. You can also easily apply a photo to your background and have this across all four or five of the screens your 'desktop' consists of, as you go through them with a simple swipe of the finger across the screen.

      I compare this phone with my old one and there really is no contrast. I remember getting it and having a data package included and marvelling at the speed with which I could access the internet. My LG was slow and my contract charged me each and every time. The relief at being able to access the cricket scores instantaneously with a phone signal was a wonder. But when I compare it to my wife's iPhone 4, there are shortcomings and a clear distinction in quality. She'll be the first to admit she's not the techiest of people, and that I wear the tech trousers at the moment because that has become part of my role as an e-learning coordinator, but even so she's able to do things with her iPhone faster than I can with my defy. That's not to say they can't be done, but it's just that they're often slightly inferior and slower.

      The camera is a case in point. Better spec on the iPhone, and a clear gap in quality when it comes to taking photos in poor lighting conditions. The slightly grainy look I sometimes get from the Defy is even more pronounced at night time, despite having a specific mode for the night. When we went to Italy on hols last year, I took umpteen photos during the daytime, beautiful location, etc, and the main disappointment I noticed was the night time shots. The other thing that happens though is that it just can't take the speed you sometimes ask of it. Rapid successions of photos or switching between camera and video camera, while quick and easy to do with one select of an icon, sometimes results in a lag. And as we know, where mobile devices are concerned, a slight lag of a second or two can seem a lifetime.

      I find that the fuller the phone gets with photos and apps, etc, then the slower it runs. It's as if we have a laptop that requires all of its spare space to run fast. I often empty a good 100 or so photos from it onto my laptop, and even though it has taken up a tenth or so of the total memory, there are serious speed issues which are eradicated once the photos are off. Of late, the phone has started freezing up a little when a much lower number of photos are on there as well, a sign of a device wearing out but also still somewhat worrying considering the amount of space it tells me is still free.

      The android store is rumoured to not rival the Apple store for the apps and functions you can get from there. This is mainly because companies designing these apps recognise Apple as the market leader and so a lot of their focus is on here first and other platforms second. As a result, Apple are able to produce a higher level of app as they've had longer to work with it and develop the way their store works. Downloading on this phone is quite quick, and it's hard not to judge it based on the comparison between the different stores, but this is relevant and so I'd have to say that the Google Play store I currently use just isn't as quick and wide.

      Using the apps can also do funny things to the speed of the phone. I find I have to take care to use the 'back' button on the front of the device to ensure things are closed down. If I just use the adjacent 'home' button to take me back to my front page with my Twitter and fb links and my fast key phone calls, then things are still running and it's often instantly noticeable because things are so slow. I've had times when the device has frozen to the point where after a minute or so a dozen things will all happen in rapid succession as I've tried them with the phone not responding.

      I still maintain thatcalling on mobile phones is a primary function, even if it's becoming less so as the text and tweet phase dominates. This phone makes it quick and simple to access your phonebook, link to your facebook list, populate your most regular calls and hot list certain numbers to your 'desktop'. It sometimes freezes, but this is part and parcel of the device struggling to keep up with the fastest speeds I need it to go as a multifunctional device. Once a call is made, I find the volume easy to adapt and the call quality very good. It's particularly good at cutting out external noise when on speakerphone, as if there is some sort of way it can recognise people's voices clearly.

      Motorola have certainly produced a phone that works very well, on most fronts. The fact that this is only a couple of years old and is already showing it's behind the current leaders, is more a testament to the fast paced developing market rather than a criticism of the phone itself. I signed up to a 24 month contract - the deal was substantially better than most others available to me at the time, and I still have no regrets. It includes calls, texts and data, and I make full use of it. I am however, sorely tempted to acquire a new device to keep up my increasingly hectic mobile life, needing to keep up with others on the go and willing to have the edge on my wife (of course!). I'm due an upgrade in a couple of months, and am edging more towards a leading brand as opposed to Motorola's latest offerings. I know that like this phone I would get a reliable model that wouldn't let me down, but I'd still have the concern that as I push it or really test it, it may not quite be up to others' standards. This is still a good phone, and one I'd rate, but is probably past its best and falling behind. Recommended for what it did at the time of its creation, but it's probably a touch too slow to keep up with today's models.

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        24.09.2012 14:04

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        OK if you need a tough phone, but it has flaws which may be irrelevant, or annoy you immensely

        I bought the DEFY after a fair amount of research, and a lot of searching to get it for a price I was willing to pay.Its big 'plus' for me is its toughness. I tend to break anything that isn't indestructible, and on this point the DEFY does very very well, and justifies the price.

        The first 'minus' is that I had to send it for repair because it stopped charging. Apparently this was a software update problem but it was inconvenient even if Motorola handled the repair efficiently. The battery life can be good, or terrible depending on what features (ie GPS, wi-fi) you have turned on at the time. It's a bit annoying to manage these features to maintain battery life but it has to be done unless you want to charge the phone every night.

        My single biggest annoyance is that the screen is very glossy, to the point where it can be impossible to use outside even when it is overcast.

        So: OK if you need a tough phone, but it has flaws which may be irrelevant, or annoy you immensely

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        01.08.2012 16:17
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        Do you want to be a lab rat?

        I was thinking to share my experience with all of you out there who are interested in buying a shock resistant,dust and water proof smart phone from Motorola.
        I bought a Motorola Defy + and I must say I am not very pleased with it. First of it is not as they say, water proof, "for up to one and a half minute in a one meter deep water", not at all. I dropped it in a fountain and it only sank for 15 cm or so before I caught it, and the result was catastrophic. The water started to condense on the inside of the touch screen making it impossible to see anything on the LCD. Afterwards the touch started acting weird opening apps and making calls on its own. When I tried to call someone the proximity sensor wouldn't work and the touch and LCD wouldn't go to sleep so I would hang up the call with my ear. I'm not saying it's a bad phone, it does its job swell but contrarely to what I've seen on YouTube with guys filming under water, I'd say it's a bit unreal. Or maybe my phone was badly assembled.Try to expand you're search area regarding smartphones.Think that a water proof smart phone is still a matter of pioneering. Do you want to be a lab rat?

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          04.07.2012 12:46

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          Not at all as good as it is made out to be, can't wait for a new contract and phone!

          I purchased this phone in Christmas 2011, thinking that as a new phone to the market it looked like it would easily keep up with the other new devices around at the time and suit me well for the 24 month period that a contract would last. However, after just a couple of months I was starting to get very disappointed with this model. Not only had I had to return it to store countless times due to the touch screen failing to work (especially during rain, despite it's 'waterproof' capabilities!) but there was countless problems with the device. Even now, I am on my second replacement phone and it still fails to update, constantly reading 'no software update available' despite the Motorola website telling me that there is. This is extremely annoying, especially with Android constantly releasing new software that I am still unable to receive.

          I have also found that the phone is not dustproof either and consequently is covered in dust, resulting in less clear photos and an unclear screen due to the dust particles trapped in the camera lens and behind the screen. For what the phone is meant to deliver I have not found these to be achieved.

          Even though the phone Internet system works efficiently with built in Internet most of the time, as soon as I switch on the Wifi mode the phone seems to shut down and just maintain a constant black screen and not function at all until it has been restarted a couple of times.

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          12.04.2012 20:10

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          Good phone but a lot of faults.

          I first noticed this phone when I occasionally caught the advert on t.v, I then decided to look for a new phone for my upgrade and when i saw i could get a better deal and this phone for half my contract at the time, i took the offer.

          i was drawn to it because of its apparent capabilities (life proof), I thought this would be perfect for me as my previous phone was a mess after 18 months.

          When i received the phone i was very impressed, slightly bigger than i thought and had more of a rugged look compared to other smartphones i had seen, but nonetheless i was still excited, once i had got used to the bigger screen and the features of the phone i was very happy, within the first few weeks i had dropped the phone a few times, sometimes accidentally flinging it across the room when it slipped out of my hand. and i was impressed at the lack of scuffs and scratchs(barely a mark had been made on it).

          but then after 6 months the phone started to develop signs of its downfall, mainly software issues, phone began to crash every few days, battery life started to drain quicker.

          and then after 12 months the speaker for the headset had died, luckily i was under warranty and it was fixed, but during this time the phone started to crash alot more and sometime i wonder if the battery life exists on this phone as i may be lucky to get 12 hours from it.

          I have become disappointed with this phone over time and i am looking forward to six months time when i can upgrade and hopefully get a better phone.

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          02.03.2012 22:39
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          A great phone that is very durable

          Motorola Defy
          The brand Motorola isn't synonymous with 'cutting edge' 'must-have' or most identifiably cool. . In the smart phone market you have your big name brands that dominate, such as iphone, blackberry, htc and Samsung. Therefore the appeal of buying a Motorola is somewhat of a risk. You hear so many rave reviews about the big brand fishes, but not so much hype about the Motorola. So you ask, what possessed me to buy the Motorola defy?

          I was the user of a regular mobile and was looking to buy my first smartphone. I had a very strict budget, but wanted an all-round, solid smartphone that would be my best buddy for the next two years. Deciding to buy a new phone is one of those major decisions, especially if you rely on your phone for so many things and it is your main source of contact with the outside world. I began researching smartphones and well due to budget, inevitably eliminated the 'top' smartphones. The Motorola defy was reasonably new at the time and I thought it would be way out of my budget. I did a little digging and found out you can pay part cash for your phone, which would decrease your monthly contract payment. A few mobile network providers in fact offer this service. Obviously you don't get a trillion minutes, but that is a compromise I had to make.

          The Motorola defy really stood out to me amongst the competitors due to its claim to be 'life-proof.' It was waterproof, durable and somewhat stylish. By nature I am a little careless with technology and previous phones have suffered terrible fates. So it made sense that I look for something that was tough and would satisfy my clumsiness. I purchased the Motorola in February 2011 and still have it to date.

          The key features of the Motorola defy are:
          5mp camera
          Android platform 2.1
          Gorilla glass display provides impact and scratch resistance
          Dustproof
          Hi-res 3.7 inch viewing
          Enhanced motoblur
          Crystal Talk plus for voice amplification and clarity
          Supports adobe flash
          Up to 6.8 hours talktime
          Up yo 9.9 days standby

          The design of the phone is quite rugged. It has these little screws along the edges to keep it waterproof. I am quite an aesthetic person and this doesn't bother me, meaning it can't be that bad to look at. It's not sleek or slim, but it's still a very reasonable size. The phone is a touch screen and therefore only features 4 touch symbols below the screen. These are 'menu,' 'home' ' go back' and 'search.'

          Now you are probably wondering whether this phone really is a tough little cookie. I can assure you it is. I have dropped this phone numerous times and it remains scratch free. I have also accidently submerged it in water and it is still works! Now that is the kind of thing that leaves you speechless. As long as you leave the port caps closed then it is impossible for water to seep through or dust to filter in. I am very impressed with this phone and it was definitely a wise decision.

          In regards to the phones functions, it really is a very clever phone. I am able to view how much data I am using and how much I have used each day that week on a handy graph. I have to comment on how great the microphone on this phone is. When I am talking to someone on the phone, it almost feels like they are in the same room! I now rarely have those moments where I have to ask the other person to repeat themselves because I missed what they said the first time. I have compared the voice clarity with an iphone 4 and the Motorola beats it hands down.

          The Motorola also uses 3G meaning very fast browsing. I absolutely love using the internet on my mobile. I find it extremely convenient and I can have several pages open at a time. Motorola also features an email application where you can synch your Hotmail account and receive direct notifications to your phone. I prefer to turn the notifications feature off to reserve battery.

          Speaking of battery, it is poor. Seeing as everything else about this phone is exceptional, it suffers on this front. I can usually only get buy on a full battery for 9 hours. But bear in mind my phone is constantly in use and I use the internet on a regular basis. I usually charge my phone twice a day. However this is common in smart phones as they require and eat up a lot of data.

          Overall this is an amazing phone. I am glad I did not buy a different phone, otherwise it would be broken or atleast somewhat damaged. Purchasing a Motorola has really altered my perception of the brand and purchasing another Motorola is something I definitely would consider in the future.

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          21.10.2011 19:18
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          A recommended phone to anyone who is quite clumsy and wants an inexpensive, high quality smartphone

          I recently upgraded to this phone, mainly due to the advertisements about the phone being 'indestructible' and 'festival-proof' and so far the phone is living up to its, very ambitious, titles.

          I am a very clumsy person, especially when it comes to phones and I go through them outrageously quickly, previous phones have lasted less than 2 weeks. But this phone is withstanding the tests it is put to; dropping into puddles, being thrown around on hard surfaces and lengthy periods of time in damp conditions. The locking mechanism on the back of the phone holds everything together and even after a mammoth fall the phone stays powered up and nothing comes out of place, there are also various rubber caps over the 3.5mm headphone socket and USB socket that create a useful water-tight casing.

          Another great protective feature that has been added by the geniuses at Motorola is the scratch and shatter proof (Gorilla) glass above the phones screen which does not create any sensitivity issues with the touch screen and the high resolution screen is kept safe.

          Now, about the actual software and various features of the Motorola Defy. This Android (OS 2.2) smartphone has 512MB of RAM and so is anything but sluggish. The many home screens allow you to customise and add apps from the thousands available from the easy-to-use Android market. The 5MP camera with flash gives great quality pictures with image stabilizing features. Although the video camera is of adequate quality (VGA) and so the phone isn't recommended for avid video takers.

          The battery life isn't overly impressive as I have experienced that the phone requires charging almost every night, although I do use the phone for many high-battery draining activities; surfing the web, playing games and phone calls.

          Connectivity on the Defy is excellent and surfing the web without the use of WiFi connection is very fast, web pages take around 1-3 seconds to load at good network signal. The internet tethering feature on the phone, I find, is very useful when travelling with my laptop as I can surf the web and download files at around 200kb/sec on average.

          An all-round bargain!

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          11.10.2011 16:02
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          Nice looking phone but shame its not all what its made out to be! Thumbs down from me!

          I recently upgraded my phone contract to a Motorola Defy, the phone that's meant to be indestructible: shatterproof, waterproof, dance floor proof, dust proof and made from Gorilla Glass.

          The phone is ran by Android software, which I've never had any problems with before. But this specific Motorola software tends to be quite slow and freezes a lot. I'm an active Facebook-er and the phone would struggle to load up any page when not connected to Wi-fi! Some of the Apps also take forever to load. The battery is also rubbish and only lasts half a day! (Although I do use my phone a lot!!)

          After one week, the phone dropped out of my pocket and landed on new tarmac. The screen shattered into a hundred pieces. This was not covered by warranty even though the phone is meant to be 'shatterproof' and made from Gorilla Glass. (So I had to pay £140 to have a new screen fitted!). Gorrilla Glass = Waste of time.

          The phone also started getting very hot when charged for over 30 minutes. It would get so hot that I couldn't physically pick it up! I didn't think this would effect the use of the phone, but then after taking it off of charge it turned itself off and wouldn't turn back on. This was covered by warranty and the phone was returned, and deemed 'unfix-able' so I was issued with a brand new one.

          I thought it was fantastic that I was given a new phone, until the main speaker stopped working the following week. After some online research I discovered that this is an extremely common problem. Motorola once again replaced the phone.

          You would think this would be the last of my problems, but no. The next problem was the camera. The camera went black and would not work at all. Again, I returned the phone to Motorola and was given another one!

          I didn't dare check if the phone is actually waterproof or dust proof, as none of the other features seemed to work! I have now given up with this phone and gone back to using the trusty iPhone. I definitely wouldn't recommend the Motorola Defy! Not worth the money!

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            28.08.2011 14:47

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            fantastic phone

            I recently upgraded my contract, and picked this phone for its protection features (im awful with breaking phones).
            so immediately when i received the phone i decided to test a few things out, such as how waterproof it is supposed to be, i submerged it in a glass of water for a little while, pulled it out, dried it off, and it worked!!
            ive dropped it a few times, and because of the brilliant locking feature the phone doesnt explode into a million pieces like most phones.
            the screen is also supposed to be scratch proof, made from tougher glass than most, so of course i tried to scratch it, and not a mark at all! (if u need proof of this there are videos on youtube of people taking a knife to the screen without damaging it!)
            i think this phone is brilliant just for these features, but it has many more too, it is incredibly easy to use as well, with mulitple home screens to put all your apps, games, widgets and shortcuts and theres is plenty enough room for everything. even if u find there isnt, there are different 'profiles' which u can switch between which give u completely new and blank home screen!
            i have had the phone a while now and filled it with many programs etc and still have not had problems with freezing or lagging like a few smart phones i have used.
            it may not be the smoothest and beautiful looking phone, but that is because of its water-tight features and locking system, which i think is much more practicle in everyday life than looking pretty!
            all in all pretty fantastic smart phone!

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        • Product Details

          DEFY with Motorola is ready for everything life throws your way. It's water-resistant and dustproof, with plenty of entertainment options; and, with MOTOBLUR, it automatically delivers messages and status updates right to your home screen.

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          Product Description: Motorola DEFY - Android Phone - GSM / UMTS
          Product Type: Android Phone - 3G
          Service Provider: Not specified
          Mobile Services: Google Play, YouTube, Picasa, Google Search, Gmail
          Form Factor: Touch
          Protection: Dustproof, waterproof, scratch resistant glass
          Dimensions (WxDxH): 59 mm x 13 mm x 107 mm
          Weight: 118 g
          Technology: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
          Band: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
          Integrated Components: Digital camera, FM radio, digital player, GPS receiver, voice recorder
          Wireless Interface: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
          Display: LCD display - colour - 3.7" - TFT
          Input Device(s): Touch sensitive screen (multi-touch)
          Operating System: Google Android 2.1
          User Interface: Motorola MOTOBLUR
          Instant Messaging Services: Google Talk
          Supported Social Networks and Blogs: MySpace, Twitter, Facebook
          Playback Digital Standards: WMA, AAC, AMR, MP3, AAC +, eAAC+ , MPEG-4, H.264
          Supported Memory Card: microSDHC - up to 32 GB
          Talk Time: Up to 408 minutes
          Standby Time: Up to 238 hours
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