5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
All round adequate performer but waterproof?,
This review is from: Motorola Defy + Sim-Free Smartphone (Electronics)
This phone competes ok in the price bracket.
I was a little worried about switching to motorola who do not have as much experience with android as other manufacturers. The Android build is 2.3.6 which will do everything you need including wireless hotspot. I was very pleasently surprised at the motorola build tweaks. It has a much better keyboard layout and operation than Samsung, the built in task manager has the ecxellent feature of selectable app killing after screen timeout. The best tweak is the ability to link the notification volume to the same level as the ringer, allowing the user to use the main volume switch for everything. Samsung and HTC could learn alot from this.
The Phone is fairly solid but feels small and light in the hand. The search touch button is easily caught (which is why HTC have a space at the bottom). The 3.5mm jack and USB sockets are blocked by a plasic plug. OK initially to keep the water out bur after repeated used may break off or loose their seal. The power and volume buttons need a bit more pressure than usual, which is a good thing in my opinion. The phone seems to have comparable durability to none toughened phones. This could be corrected by adding a cheap gel case. (Don't get ripped off by the JCB version which only has a gel protector in addition to the phone.)
The touchscreen is less responsive than equivalent HTC's and Samsungs. It works fine but sometime needs more positive pressure than I am used to. Processor power is adequate, if you are used to powerful phones then you may notice it slowing on heavy applications. The phone has plenty of application memory. It does not have internal storage but comes with a 2gig micro SD card. Battery is nothing special, it will need charging every night. GPS gets a very fast lock but accurate positioning is equivalent to other phones.
Motorola are a bit misleading about this "feature". It integrates with the account manager in android and in addition to the standard features adds a front end for Twitter and Facebook. This is not needed, you are better using full applicaitons for social networking. It also creates a Motorola account which enables the user to locate and wipe the phone remotly (if you can find it on the Motorola website). The best part is that it locks the phone if the SIM is changed, remember your username and password!
Looses two stars because of the flimsy USB cover, unresponsive touch screen, battery life and search button location.
It will probably survive a quick dunking but will need some TLC after to make sure it's dried out. The Android build is one of the best I have seen for version 2.3 and includes some very well though out features. Accessories are more limited than other brands. If you need a waterproof phone consider waiting for the next round which should be appearing soon.
This phone is becoming dated, search around for a good deal.
The phone comes with pre-installed 7digital music player/market. The application downloads background data over 3g adn cannot be uninstalled or blocked. It consumes upto 3mb per day.