Product Type: Motorola Smartphone
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Member Name: Blu_lily
Advantages: Life proof
Disadvantages: poor battery life
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:
Android platform 2.1
Gorilla glass display provides impact and scratch resistance
Hi-res 3.7 inch viewing
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.
Summary: A great phone that is very durable