Motorola Defy review

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Motorola Defy review: Camera

The camera shoots stills at five megapixels and there's a small LED flash.

The autofocus kicks in after you've pressed the on-screen shutter button, so you'll need to hold the camera steady after you think you've actually taken a photo. If you move about a bit, you'll get blurred photos.

The range of effects is a bit basic, though you do get red, green and blue tinting along with the black and white, negative, sepia and solarise standards.

As you flick through these settings, you get a preview with your photo in a small window on-screen, so you can see how they will affect your shot, which is a neat touch.

You can set a Quick Upload option, which is basically a default upload location. This then appears as an option when you view photos in the Gallery, so you can send an image off immediately.

It isn't that quick, to be honest, because you can't use it from the camera app itself. In the Gallery, you've also got the usual Android share option of course, which you can use to email photos or share them in other ways (such as to Twitter, Facebook or by Bluetooth).

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There's a lack of detailing in the distance, but the foreground detailing is reasonably good. Note, though, that the camera can't cope with the variance between light sky and dark foreground.

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Plenty of ambient light and no extremes of light and shade means this is merely a passable photo. The lack of detailing on the foreground leaf shows the camera's limitations.

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This photo was shot on a fairly dull day, but with nothing in the foreground, the camera really struggled to decide what the photo's subject was meant to be. The result is a lack of quality all round.


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory2 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyHSDPA, EDGE, GPRS
SAR Value1.53 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack, White
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameMotorola
Battery Talk Time6.67 Hour
Product ModelDEFY
Screen Size9.4 cm (3.7")
Screen Resolution480 x 854
Weight (Approximate)118 g
Processor ManufacturerTexas Instruments
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.1 Eclair
Messaging TypeInstant Messaging, Email, SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height107 mm
Width59 mm
Depth13.4 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time5702.40 Hour
ManufacturerMotorola, Inc
Product NameDEFY Smartphone
Processor Speed800 MHz
Processor TypeOMAP
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberSM2740AA4R8
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

MOTOROLA DEFY with MOTOBLUR automatically delivers messages and status updates, filtering everything that's not top priority. With a hi-res, edge-to-edge touch display and access to thousands of apps, it's also boredom proof. Plus, it's dustproof as well as water and scratch resistant, making it virtually lifeproof.

Package Contents
  • DEFY Smartphone
  • 2GB microSD card