Motorola Defy - Compact Durability

Launch SRP: S$528


Settling for an Éclair

Seeing as how Google Android has been moving onto the 2.2 verson, it came as a surprise to see the Defy still being loaded with Android 2.1. Nonetheless, even with its Android 2.1 edition, the Defy had quite a few tricks up its sleeves. Similar to the earlier Motorola Milestone, connecting the phone to your PC and accessing it is possible via the Moto Phone Portal app. Since this isn't exactly something new, we won't be dwelling too much on it.

Accessing phone content such as contacts, messages and even files within your phone can be done via your PC through the Moto Phone Portal.

Some might question Motorola's decision to stay with Android 2.1 for the Defy, thus omitting support for Adobe Flash 10.1 and wireless tethering that comes with its Froyo update. Thankfully, the Defy only lacks one of those two. Within the interface, we spotted an option to create a 3G mobile hotspot, in other words, wireless tethering. Hence, it's not all bad, you'll just have to make do without playing your Flash-based games on your web browser (which gets pretty sluggish even when we tried it on other Android 2.2 devices).

Though the Defy runs on Android 2.1, it does have wireless tethering support.

Apps have always been one of the key driving forces for people to hop onto the smartphone bandwagon. But lately, we've seen manufacturers making a more concerted effort to improve and innovate via its own user interfaces. For Motorola, this is expanded further with its own widgets. While you might think it is just another normal routine when it comes to widgets, we noticed something very different with what Motorola did for the Defy. Resizeable Motorola widgets. Now that's a first, having the option to resize the widgets to your whims and fancies.

We were impressed with how the widget managed to resize and rearrange apps to create space for it.

We also found an interesting app from Motorola, dubbed as Connected Music Player. Once we took a look at it, we realized where it got its name from. The 'connected' term is aptly used, linking up all your music needs under one single app. This includes the music player, radio stations for both FM and internet, a music community to source for new songs, and finally a song identifier much like what you have with apps such as Shazam.

The Connected Music Player has quite a few features, including a song identifier.

Besides a community section to find the latest chart-toppers, you can also search through video channels such as YouTube within the Motorola music app.

The Good
Tough, durable yet compact
Resizable widgets and 3G mobile hotspot
Very affordable price point for its features
The Bad
Still on Google Android 2.1 instead of Android 2.2
Sluggish performance with heavy multi-tasking
Low battery stamnia

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