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Motorola Defy

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2418 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the camera and usability are on the whole positive. The value for money and design are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the features.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Motorola Defy is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analysed 193 user reviews of Motorola Defy from The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Mobile Phones on

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65% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Motorola Defy with Motoblur Sim Free Android Smartphone - BlackMotorola Defy with Motoblur Sim Free Android Smartphone - Black/WhiteMotorola Defy MB525 ~ Touch Screen Digitizer Front Outer Glass Faceplate Lens Part Panel Pad + Frame ~ Mobile Phone Repair Parts Replacement

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 358 user reviews of Motorola Defy from The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on

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75% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Motorola Defy MB525 Unlocked Cellphone with Android OS 2.2, 5MP Camera, Wi-Fi and GPS No Warranty - BlackMotorola MB525 DEFY Crystal Clear Screen Protector ( 3 Pack )Motorola Defy Android Phone (T-Mobile)

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Motorola Defy XT535 Review


Motorola's Defy phones have been a success with those looking for a robust, water and dust-resistant Android handset. Until recently, that has been the only option in the market at its price. Motorola has now come up with a new variant called the Defy...

We tested the handset in a jar of water. We left it there, switched on for quite some time, and even sent it messages and calls. After about 25 minutes, we checked the handset and it was working just fine with no issues. On removing the rear panel,...


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Motorola Defy - Is it Really as Rugged as it is Smart?


The Motorola Defy is designed to offer the regular smartphone user just a little bit more than standard mobile functionality. Goodness knows we've got far too many choices for that genre as it is with plenty more on the way. So as of just know, while...

With a price tag of Rs. 18,990 (MOP), the Motorola Defy is a very well priced smartphone that unfortunately doesn't deliver too well on all fronts. The UI may not be to everyone's liking and perhaps the bugs could be attributed to an issue with this...

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Motorola Defy XT


With the Motorola Defy XT, Republic Wireless offers unlimited data, voice and texts for just $20 per month, but there's a fair number of kinks in the service.

Cheapest wireless service available; Unlimited data calling and texting; Long battery life over Wi-Fi

Weak performance; No MMS messaging; Old version of Android; Inconsistent Wi-Fi calling; Short 3G battery life

Click to EnlargeThe Motorola Defy XT and the Republic Wireless network that supports it are a classic case of "you get what you pay for." For $19 a month, you get a basic Android phone running on an old-time 3G network that can't send or receive MMS...

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Motorola Defy XT (Republic Wireless)


Republic Wireless has a great idea, but it isn't followed up with a great phone. The new wireless carrier wants us to rely on Wi-Fi for our phone calls, and it's willing to offer unlimited data usage for only $19 per month. That's awesome!...

Only $19 per month for unlimited use. Makes phone calls over Wi-Fi and cellular networks

Slow phone. Can't transition between cellular and Wi-Fi on a single call. So-so call quality

Republic Wireless has an exciting service plan concept, but needs a better phone with more integrated services.

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Motorola Defy


An impressively durable design, high-res display, and solid performance make this a tempting Android phone at just $99.

The Motorola Defy lasted 6 hours and 52 minutes on the LAPTOP Battery Test (web surfing over a 3G data connection). That's more than two hours longer than the Motorola Charm--even with its extended battery. Anecdotally, the Defy lasted two days of...

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Petite Android Seeks Partner for Adventure, Beer


Who woulda thought Motorola would churn out a rugged smartphone that actually makes calls?

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Motorola Defy review


The Android landscape's certainly getting crowded, isn't it? We can still vividly remember the days when the T-Mobile G1 was the only game in town, and

Looks sharp ; Withstands scratches, splashes, short falls ; Reasonably fast

Motoblur still sucks ; Battery cover is tricky ; No physical camera key

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Motorola Defy (T-Mobile)


The Motorola Defy is tough enough to withstand everyday hazards with its tough Gorilla glass and rugged exterior. Features include a 5-megapixel camera, a music player, Wi-Fi calling, and GPS, and it ships with Android 2.1. Call quality is excellent.

The Motorola Defy doesn't take very good pictures and its rough-and-tumble aesthetic isn't for everyone. We also wished we didn't have to activate the Motoblur account to use the phone.

The Motorola Defy is a great midtier Android smartphone, especially for those who need a phone to be a little more protected against life's everyday mishaps.

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Motorola Defy (T-Mobile)


The Defy's top feature, of course, is that it's tough. Gorilla Glass resists scratches if you stash the phone in the bottom of a bag with your keys. And as long as you seal all the ports, the Defy will withstand water. I dunked the Defy in a foot of...

Waterproof and rugged. Awesome speakerphone

Motoblur makes the OS a bit sluggish. No HSPA+. No hotspot mode

The first great rugged, waterproof smartphone, the T-Mobile Motorola Defy is the handset to get if you're rough on your stuff.

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Motorola DEFY Review


Motorola's Android beginning on T-Mobile goes way back to the CLIQ which was launched well over a year ago and was consequently followed with the CLIQ XT last spring – with the CHARM being the most recent addition. In all honesty, those devices lacked...

Product Specifications

Motorola DEFY is dust proof and water resistant protecting you from life's little challenges like a sudden rain shower, spilt drink or dropping your phone in the sand. It also features a large, resilient display that has outstanding protection against scratch damage. Crystal Talk PLUS vanquishes noisy environments with two microphones which intelligently filter out background noise and amplify your voice so you don't have to shout. Motorola DEFY also features the latest version of Motorola’s unique solution, MOTOBLUR, which makes it even easier to manage all of your emails, messages and social updates in one easy place with the additions of filtering, resizable widgets, added corporate security and a versatile battery manager. Motorola DEFY includes Wi-Fi connectivity that allows you to connect to the Internet via wireless hotspots in locations such as airports, hotels, and cafes. An Adobe Flash Lite enabled browser and 3.7-inch WVGA screen allow users to view more of the Web than standard browsers. Create your own entertainment with the 5-megapixel camera with flash, digital zoom and auto focus that lets users capture the best of their social life. Motorola DEFY also includes exclusive music player, Music + of Motorola, which offers users the chance to enjoy the lyrics of their favorite songs and find, buy and download music directly from your phone. Consumers can choose from more than 200,000 applications, widgets and games from Android Market and enjoy access to Google services including Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail and YouTube.


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Camera: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Video Resolution in Pixel:Unknown


Audio Formats : Yes
Audio Playback: Yes
Dual SIM Card: No
GPS Receiver:Built-in
I-Mode: No
Integrated Radio:FM Radio
Integrated TV Tuner: No
Java: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Push to Talk:No / Yes
Realtone: Yes
User Interface for Text:Touchscreen
Video Client: Yes


A2DP: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Memory Card Slot: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: No
USB: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
WiFi Data Exchange: Yes

Data Transfer

Technology:GSM/PCN / WCDMA (UMTS)


Display Technology:TFT Display
Number of Display Colours:16 Millions / 16 Mio
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Elderly Friendly Phone: No
Operating System:Android
Operating System Version:Android 2.2 Froyo
Operator:EE / O2 / Orange / Sim Free / T-MOBILE / Talk mobile / Vodafone
Product Type:Mobile Phone / Smartphone
Way of Buying:Contract / Prepay Pack / Sim Free


E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging: Yes
Push email: Yes