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Motorola Defy

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2668 reviews of Motorola Defy. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the screen and usability. The portability and performance are also mentioned favorably, but many are negative about the apps. Views are divided on the reliability.

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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 analyzed 248 user reviews of Motorola Defy from The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones on Views about the screen and price are on the whole positive. The portability and usability are also appreciated. Reviews are divided on the reception. Many are critical about the apps and reliability.

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63% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Motorola Defy Sim-Free Mobile PhoneMotorola Defy with Motoblur Sim Free Android Smartphone - Black/WhiteMotorola Defy with Motoblur Sim Free Android Smartphone - Black

May, 2015

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 355 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 People are impressed by the price and durability. The performance and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some less positive comments about the reliability. Views are divided on the sound.

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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)

May, 2015

Expert review by: Roydon Cerejo (

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,...

Aug, 2012

Expert review by: Shayne Rana (

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...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: ZDNet (

Republic Wireless and Motorola Defy XT are a solid combo for just $19/month (review)


Summary: The fees for service from the top four US wireless carriers keep rising and MVNO options are getting more and more attractive. Republic Wireless offers a solid alternative with a decent Android smartphone for $19 per month.

Jan, 2013

Expert review by: Avram Piltch (

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...

Dec, 2012

Expert review by: Sascha Segan (

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.

Dec, 2012

Expert review by: Brian Bennett (

Motorola Defy XT ( U.S. Cellular)


Because they're so portable, smartphones get placed in harm's way often, whether that's when careless users leave them out in the rain, pocket them next to sharp keys, or simply soak them with beverages by accident. One major drawback to durable phones...

The Motorola Defy XT 's attractive and compact chassis hides its rugged, dust- and water-resistant construction. At $99.99, it's also affordable.

Held back by an outdated processor, the Defy XT is slow, runs on 3G only, and has an unimpressive camera.

The Motorola Defy XT doesn't fear dust and water, but lacks the strength to power through smartphone tasks with speed.

Sep, 2012

Expert review by: GSM Arena (

Motorola DEFY review: Drag and drop


World’s first durable Android smartphone, Scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass screen, dustproof and water-resistant (no official certification), 3.7" capacitive TFT touchscreen of WVGA (480 x 854) resolution, 16M colors, Quad-band GSM/EDGE, HSDPA 900/2100,...

Android 2.1 is an outdated OS version, Limited storage for installing apps, No smart dialing, No HD video recording, No DivX video support out of the box, Equalizer controls are not within the music player, No secondary video-call camera

We’ve always known Androids to be friendly creatures. And the Motorola DEFY gives us no reason to think otherwise. The whole rugged thing is purely for self defense – protection from the elements. And the best thing is it’s tough but doesn’t look it....

Dec, 2010

Expert review by: LAPTOP Magazine (

Motorola Defy (T-Mobile) Review


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

Gorilla Glass display resistant to scratches, Chassis keeps out water and dirt, Solid performance for the price, High resolution screen, Good battery life, Wi-Fi calling

Camera images and video are dark and grainy, Motoblur clutters UI, No HSPA+ data, Only 2GB of internal storage

Dec, 2010

Expert review by: Dylan Tweney (

Petite Android Seeks Partner for Adventure, Beer


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

Nov, 2010

Expert review by: Chris Ziegler (

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

Nov, 2010

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.

Processor Brand:Texas Instruments
Processor Number:OMAP3610


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:3 / 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


Processor Brand:Texas Instruments
Processor Number:OMAP3610