Motorola first launched its ruggedized Defy in fall of 2010, and last year updated the phone to the Defy+ with a processor bump. Now there will be one more piece of hardware joining the Defy family, with Motorola announcing the coming arrival of the Defy Mini, along with the Motoluxe.
Like the previous Defy models, the Defy mini will be protected against dust and resist damage from exposure to water, albeit now in a more petite package. The phone’s display shrinks-down from 3.7 inches to just 3.2, and with the resolution dropping from FWVGA to HVGA. The really unfortunate [...]
Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility may be the big news for the manufacturer today, but it’s not the only thing going on in the world of Motorola. Earlier this summer we heard about the possibility of plans to give the ruggedized Defy a hardware refresh, bumping-up processor speed to help the handset compete against this year’s peers. Today the company made the smartphone official, announcing the Defy+.
Just as we had heard, the Defy+ takes the original’s TI OMAP3630 running at 800MHz and swaps that out for a single-core 1GHz processor. Sure, a [...]
Motorola’s Defy hit the scene last year, bringing some ruggedizied Android action to T-Mobile. Since then, it’s moved on up from Eclair to Froyo, and we’ve seen a Gingerbread leak hinting at an official update on the way. Now a new rumor says that we might be about to see a Defy refresh, bringing with it a hardware upgrade, as well as the emergence of the smartphone on some new frequency bands.
This so-called Defy+ would swap out the original’s 800 MHz OMAP 3610 Texas Instruments chip for a 1GHz OMAP 3620 TI model. It’s not a huge improvement, sure, [...]
Spring is turning out to be pretty sweet for owners of Motorola’s ruggedized Defy. Less than a month ago, they got themselves a bump up from Eclair to Froyo. Now there’s a leaked ROM available that may be an official Motorola build of Gingerbread for the Android smartphone.
While the update looks like a legit, official ROM upgrade for Defys running on Orange in the UK, there are a few odd problems that call that into question, or perhaps suggest this could be an in-development, non-final release. For instance, users have reported an inability to get the phone’s [...]
Decided to take the plunge and snag one of the free Motorola Defys that T-Mobile was offering earlier this month? If you did, talk about good timing, because out of the blue Motorola’s finally released the Froyo update for the smartphone, bringing the Defy up to software revision 34.4.9.
All the way back in November we reported on Motorola’s plans for for Android 2.2 on the Defy. At the time, the best Motorola could do for a prediction as to when to expect Froyo was sometime in Q2 of this year. We’d nearly forgotten about the promise since then, but sure [...]
There are a couple of launchers for Android out there that are designed to resemble Windows Phone 7, but they’re still lacking in features and need further development. Also, most Android users probably aren’t too eager to sacrifice their customizable, side-scrolling Android home screens simply to acquire a WP7 makeover with limitations. Enter “Motorola Defy 7,” a new theme created originally for the Motorola Defy that also works with other Android devices. Instead of replacing your go-to launcher with a raw project, where its best feature is potential, the MD7 [...]
Motorola is rumored to be working on a pair of spiritual successors to the Defy, also to feature a similar type of ruggedized construction.
According to Eldar Murtazin, who is regularly ahead of the curve when it comes to knowing about upcoming phones, Motorola is planning to release this new pair in 2011. Both are supposed to be low-cost models, priced half as much as the Defy. It’s not totally clear if they’ll be smartphones or just ruggedized feature phones, especially on budget prices, but Murtazin did say they’ll be in the style of the Defy; take from that [...]
Despite its heavy-duty construction, claiming water resistance and immunity to dust, Motorola’s Defy is apparently suffering from a spate of earpiece failures, with users reporting that the component fails after only using their new phone for a week or two.
Defy owners have been posting to Motorola’s support forums looking for help on the issue, with frustrated tales of the ear speaker just up and dying. On affected phones, speakerphone functionality works without a hitch; it’s only the earpiece that’s having problems.
Motorola last posted that [...]
Available since November 2010, the Motorola Defy isn’t particularly noteworthy for its speed, nor would you consider it a “high end” device. The Defy is, however, particularly rugged. It’s been able to withstand up to three-feet of water, works fine in a sandstorm, and can handle even the most clumsy user with ease. It’s all but drop-proof, and with its 3.5-inch gorilla glass touchscreen, it’s pretty scratch resistant as well.
The only thing missing has been the ability to root the little bugger — but not any more!
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A step-by-step guide for rooting Motorola’s Defy is now available thanks to the forum users at XDA Developers, along with z4root support for would-be rooters looking for a more streamlined solution.
The seven-step process will grant you superuser access to the ruggedized Android handset, and though it looks simple enough, you’ll have to be careful that all the necessary text is entered-in just as it should be.
Though rooting itself isn’t really for the faint-of-heart, opening up your phone to the risk of damage to important system files, you can save [...]
Motorola’s ruggedized Defy shipped with Android 2.1, and even with Gingerbread nearly ready to come out of the oven, Motorola announced that it could be another six months before the Defy even gets 2.2.
Oddly enough, Motorola’s posted firmware upgrade timeline doesn’t identify the Defy as among its Android models available in the US, despite that T-Mobile has begun selling the handset. The Defy does show up in the charts for plenty of foreign markets, and the bad news is that for most of them, the best promises Motorola can make when it comes to getting the [...]
We’ve covered Motorola’s launch of the ruggedized Defy in Korea a week ago but it looks like the company is thinking global with the dust, water and scratch resistant phone.
Word is the Motorola Defy will be launching in Australia at the end of November, 30th to be precise, and will be a Telstra exclusive for three months, ending February 28. It will be available on the carrier for $49 on a two-year contract and it will cost $600 outright. As a reminder, the Defy runs Android 2.1 with MOTOBLUR 1.5, has an 800MHz processor, 2GB ROM / 512MB RAM, 3.7-inch FWVGA display [...]