Motorola Defy review

Social networking shares centre stage with a rugged build and clever music features

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Motorola Defy review: Media

The Motorola Defy provides its Connected Music Player for listening to your songs. This brings together several aspects of music listening under one umbrella heading including online and offline services and it is a real star feature.

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The music player itself does the usual job of playing tunes. Sound quality is reasonable. The handset speaker produces a fair quality of sound, and the provided headphones are reasonably good, too. The music player automatically shows lyrics alongside the music, although this can be turned off.

The Motorola Defy did pick up some odd background images for tracks though.

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There's an FM radio on board with 10 presets, though you have to set them individually rather than having a general seek and store happen with a single command.

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You've also got access to the Shoutcast online radio, which offers hundreds of stations. This worked really well over Wi-Fi and there's a link into the Amazon MP3 store so you can buy tracks. All very nice.

Under the Video heading, you've got a link into YouTube (so you can search for music videos), a couple of online TV channels (which deliver fairly ropey streamed material), and playback of your own on-handset music video library.

There's also a Community section, which gives you TuneWiki lyric searches, charts, and tune identification.

There are some lovely tweaks. For example, when you're playing a tune hit the Menu button and you can link straight in to YouTube music videos of the track. It's seamless and addictive.

There's lots going on here and it's a very expansive approach to music playback that brings a lot more to the party than just what you have on your microSD card.

Video playback isn't catered for here unless it's song related, though. To see videos, you need to head over to the Gallery, where videos are listed alongside photos. You can assign tags and even do a bit of light video editing.

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The videos we watched displayed nicely with no jerking and good colour rendering. The screen might be a bit small for catch-up TV using things like myPlayer, but the quality is good.


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