My wife’s phone was due for an upgrade (which is handy, as her old phone, a Nokia 6600i, had recently stopped working due to water and toddler damage). As the phone had taken a bit of a battering before finally giving up, my research led me to believe that the Motorola Defy would be the best smartphone to choose (my wife wanted a smartphone for easily checking Facebook/Twitter). The Defy’s selling point is that it’s built to be rugged – it is apparently water resistant to a metre (plenty of reviews I read showed a video of the phone under a running tap). Here’s a video of the phone working whilst submerged:
The phone also has a tough case and Gorilla glass, so hopefuly it will be a bit more child-proof than the last one!
Initially the phone is set up with Motorola’s MotoBlur UI, but I installed LauncherPro and a few other choice applications. I have to say that despite the Defy not being as powerful as the Galaxy S, I didn’t see any slow down or problems with performance whilst setting up the phone. The screen is very nice and detailed. The only real problem is that it’s still running Android 2.1, and 2.2 (Froyo) hasn’t yet been released for the Defy although it is apparently in the pipeline. I’m not going to root or hack the phone as it’s my wife’s and she doesn’t really need it doing to suit her purposes, so we’ll wait for the official Froyo download.
As a ‘budget’ Android phone I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Defy, it’s extra toughness make it ideal for people who want a phone that they don’t need to handle with kid gloves!