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Great Smart Phone - the fact that it's rugged and cheap are bonuses,
This review is from: Motorola Defy with Motoblur Sim Free Android Smartphone - Black (Wireless Phone Accessory)
Good: The USP of this phone is that it's rugged but this is a great smart phone in its own right. The hi-res screen is very sharp and vivid (it's also better outdoors and a slightly higher res than the HTC amoled screens). The processor is a lower grade than the most powerful (and much more expensive) smart phones, but you barely notice the difference (avoid using too many widgets if you want a very smooth interface). Angry Birds on this phone is very vivid and smooth. The phone is also slick looking for a rugged phone - it's a lot smaller than an iPhone but has a bigger screen, and you wouldn't think it was rugged apart from the covered ports.
The only bad points are a (slightly) slower processor and the fact that it's running android 2.1. But it will be updated to 2.2 early next year so the phone will speed up with the more efficient OS.
All this for less than £300 (half the price of an iPhone!), and the peace of mind that you can drop it and get it wet without it breaking (and paying the costly repair bills)
Update: Still think this phone is great. I've customised the home screens with Launcher Pro (cost £2) which has a very slick look and great functionality (much like HTC's acclaimed skin) with pinch-to-expose and great social media / calendar widgets. I now use doubletwist as the media player which is great. Using "Advanced Task Killer" I kill apps which such battery life and memory - this app is a must for Android. I've experienced no lags with this set up and it's great to customise things the way you want them. DLNA is brilliant - I can play music over wifi to my computer - why do people bother with docks??
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Initial post: 25 Nov 2010 23:11:20 GMT
Miles Osborne says:
Motorola have a record of not supporting their phones. I fully expect that this will either not get 2.2, or if it does, it will be many many months away. Buyer beware
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2010 14:47:58 GMT
T. Park says:
Motorola have confirmed the update to Android 2.2 (Froyo) in Q2 next year.
Posted on 27 Nov 2010 21:27:07 GMT
Ashley. J says:
I can say from first hand experience (former Motorola Dext User) moto can and will lie about software updates. Point blank. Avoid motorola if can help it.
Posted on 29 Nov 2010 08:59:43 GMT
Hi Deeella. Is this phone branded? (T-Mo, Vodafone, etc..)?? What SIM card are you using with it? Thanks a lot.
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Nov 2010 20:10:31 GMT
it's sim free.
p.s. even if it does stay on 2.1, it's no bad thing - 2.2 would be a bonus. For the money, this phone is brilliant.
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Dec 2010 02:58:13 GMT
Maybe my question wasn't clear :) It's SIM free alright, but it might still be SIM locked, i.e. it only works with Vodafone SIM cards, or T-Mobile SIM cards, etc.. If it's SIM unlocked then it can be used with any carrier. So is it SIM locked or SIM unlocked? Thanks.
Posted on 2 Dec 2010 00:01:33 GMT
Jack Dunn says:
For future reference, a phone sold as 'Sim-Free' is Sim Unlocked. The only reason I am considering not buying this phone, is the lack of updates, HD camera, (less than 1ghz processor that means it wont run android 3) and the fact you can't root it :(
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Dec 2010 05:38:24 GMT
That's a relief, because I already bought it :) Thanks a lot.
Posted on 3 Dec 2010 23:12:19 GMT
James Werr says:
I am desperate to know if your phone came with the "3G Mobile Hotspot" app at the top of your applications list? Is this an app which makes the phone into a WiFi hotspot?
Thanks in advance.