Pros lightweight, durable, small, fast, Android OS, T-Mobile network, DLNA, GPS very accurate, speaker is LOUD, reliable
Cons Gorilla Glass will sometimes have some issues recognized your finger in extreme cold, camera could probably be better, needs better Flash support
Summary First I'd like to say I was an early adopter to the entire Android platform coming from a G1. This phone fulfilled all my expectations and made up for all the shortcomings of the G1. Before I made the decision on buying this phone I spent a week with the MyTouch 4G before returning it for this. The MyTouch is an outstanding phone don't get me wrong but it just wasn't for me. I found the Mytouch to be too big and heavy and thought I would break it if I dropped it.
I was tempted by the front facing camera which I came to the realization that it would never get used. I've already dropped the Defy multiple times with no issues. Don't be fooled by some of the specs this phone is fast. After coming from the rooted G1 I was also skeptical on the entire Motoblur interface. I really don't see what the big deal is that you have to make a free account through Motorola and deal with some different icons on the screen.
If you really don't like the look of it try LauncherPro. If you are new to the Android platform don't worry, if you don't like the way something is on the phone there is probably a free application to download that will function the way you want.
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Pros Does everything I want and doesn't do things I don't need.
Cons For me, there are no "cons", but for others: no 2.2 and no 4G.
Summary The smartphone has finally taken on the personality of a Rolex watch. I can take this compact, light weight, and excellent phone on my motorcycle -- rain or shine -- snowboarding, etc. Though it's being reviewed as a "small phone" it's display is actually larger than an iPhone. 4G means nothing to me as I travel in Europe a lot, but the wi-fi calling means I can now make calls from my cell, in Europe, and as long as I am on wi-fi, those calls and text messages come out of my normal plan (so, generally "free"). The 2.2 OS also means nothing to me, besides, not only does it run just about everything out there, well, there will ALWAYS be a new OS to chase. You chase it. I'm going snowboarding.I've lived with this phone since they became available and I still love this little monster. I have had zero issues that I didn't sort myself in a few minutes. I have dropped my Defy several times on stone floors without so much as a scratch. The wifi-calling, thought still not as good as UMA, is a huge feature. When I'm over-seas all I need is a wifi connection for free calls. This phone goes with me on my motorcycle and snowboarding. I love the big screen and the slim size. Very underrated. Believe me if I had something bad to say about it I would... but I love it.
Updated on Jan 29, 2012
Updated on Dec 14, 2012OK, nearly a year later -- since I added to review -- and have been tempted by Samsung G3, Nokia 810 etc. But I really dislike how huge these phones have become and, so far as the G3, on T-Mo it has been having tons of wifi-calling issues... whereas my little Defy not only pops right into my shirt pocket, but works perfectly. Still. Even running the original battery. I can use wifi-calling to make and receive free calls all over the world, to my cell number. Just cannot find a reasons to "upgrade"... unless being cool is a smart reason.
Pros Perfect size to fit in Work Uniform. Camera not as good as Nokia or as easy to use, but compared to the HTCs and Iphones I tried it works great. Just point and shoot.
Cons Bluetooth buzzes when using hands free.
Summary For years I have had (and destroyed) many Nokias. The last was a N97 mini, and that was the straw that broke the camels back. From poor reception compared to virtually every other phone I or my mates have (regardless of where I held it) to crap batteries, the only thing that Nokisa seem to have now is better cameras. I am a Heavy Mechanic and tracel all over Australia and Overseas, so I wanted a Smartphone that "just worked", but it seems that so many manutacturers are so interested in packing so many features that they just forget that people actually want to use these phones on a daily basis too. Enter the Motorola Defy. The first thing that caught my attention was the waterproof and heavy duty build, it has to be a plus..... but a few minutes with the phone in my hand and I had to have it. I get great service everwhere my N97 didn't, and now that I'm getting my head around the Android system it gets a bit easier everyday. I do wish that the camera was a bit easier to use, but you have to remember that it is a water resistant phone, so it can't have a million buttons. Touch screen is the best I have tried......still miss the tactile buttons, time will tell, but if you want a phone that is a bit more of a allrounder it looks like this may well be the one. Battery life seems to get nearly two days which is a bit better than your average smart phone. For $600 bucks outright from Telstra it seems the perfect compromise for a real persons mobile phone. If it continues to be reliable it might even sway a few other iPhone and HTC users. Ultimately I care very little for Brand names and must have cultures, just give me a damn phone that works.........................
Pros Durable, fast, light, good looking, bright LED flash and flash light, loud, wifi calling, advanced motoblur and mulitasking.
Cons Needs the upgrade for android and I kinda miss the roll button on the bottom. The location of the SD could have thought out better as well.
Summary I am an Android power user and this phone excels past my fiancee's G2. I have 4 email accounts, office and about a host of apps for Android on this phone. The camera is awesome. This is no mid range phone. This phone is durable and the batter is pretty good (smart phone good). This phone is way under rated. Let me say this about Moto Blur. Fantastic. I really thought it was going to bog down my phone like it did on the click but it does not. The widgets are great for motoblur and it really enhances the android experience. Really give this phone a good look.
Pros Waterproof. Battery life is decent. Processor is relatively quick.
Cons Most importantly, this phone's screen cracked 18 days after I bought it. I plugged it in to charge and when I unplugged it, a large crack had appeared across the bottom of the screen. It was not treated violently in any way.
Summary Basically, this is a good phone with a poor manufacturer unwilling to own up to their faults. The phone is toted as indestructable, however after 18 days mine cracked while sitting on a shelf. The company refuses to cover the cracked screen insisting that it must have been dropped. This excuse is laughable as this phone is advertised as indestructable. What a joke!