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Producing some extremely weak tones through its earpiece, it makes hearing voices very difficult to do without squishing it close to your ear and covering the other. And to make matters worse, voices on our end did sound distorted and crackly, which doesn't make it any better to comprehend words. As for the person on the other end of the line, they said that our voices did sound clear and natural – so making things out wasn't a problem. Luckily, the speakerphone manages to produce some deep and audible voices which makes it especially easy for us to make out words.

Signal strength remained consistent in the same place as we recorded an average of -73 dBm on the DEFY. For the real world performance, we didn't experience any dropped calls or rapid changes in bars during our testing in the greater Philadelphia area.

There's nothing much to say with battery life of the handset seeing that it's average in performance. Specifically, we managed to get through a solid 8 hour work shift with no problems on normal usage, but it easily requires a recharge by the end of the night. Heavy users will definitely want to keep a charger on hand while light users can probably get a solid a day's usage out of it. The manufacturer has it rated for 6.67 hours of talk and 400 hours of standby time.


After having a decent amount of time with the Motorola DEFY, it's quite apparent that it almost afflicted with some kind of personality disorder. On one hand it seems to want to be regarded as a high-end model with its detailed display, but then at another, it wants to be known more for its ruggedness. It just doesn't quite find itself in one specific category as it attempts to encompass all of them – while not fully focusing on one aspect. Granted, it might be nice to see it still withstanding under 3 feet (1 meter) of water, but it lacks push-to-talk to make it a striking option for those looking for a rugged phone. However, when you combine its $100 on-contract price and the above average performance it's able to obtain, you can't go wrong with the Motorola DEFY. And when you look at the competition, there really isn't any other Android phone out there than can live to tell the tale after being exposed and drenched in water. Indeed, it's able to defy the odds!

Software version of the reviewed unit: Android 2.1; Build JORDN_U3_6.19.0; System version: Blur_Version.3.6.190.MB525.T-Mobile.en.US

Motorola DEFY Video Review:


  • Water resistant
  • High-resolution display
  • Good looking photos
  • Well rounded features


  • Android 2.1 as opposed to Android 2.2
  • Weak earpiece

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