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T-Mobile's rugged Android smartphone, the Motorola Defy smartphone was released in November 2010. The Defy is sporting a 3.7-inch color transflective TFT display with a 480x854 FWVGA resolution. Packed inside the Motorola Defy is an 800MHz Texas Instruments OMAP 3610 processor with 512MB of RAM and 1.9GB of ROM. This new smartphone comes running Google Android 2.1 Eclair with Motorola's Motoblur UI. On back, the Motorola Defy has a five-megapixel camera with LED flash and autofocus. Read on for the latest Defy smartphone news, Motorola reviews and videos:

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    Is the smartphone industry on the cusp of some sweeping price reforms? The Nexus 4's bargain-basement off-contract price tag has us re-thinking the whole carrier-subsidized pricing model, and we might soon get a chance to see some big changes to how cellular service is priced, as well. Surely the rumors of Google becoming a wireless provider itself are very intriguing, but it's not the only game in town with the potential to start making some changes. Republic Wireless has been working on its own super-cheap smartphone service for some time now, and the company is finally ready to move ...

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    Republic Wireless has been on and off our radar since last year, when it first made waves with its plans to offer unlimited cellular service in the US for the unheard-of rate of just $19 a month. It pulls that off by routing all the phone's communications, even voice calls, over WiFi and the internet whenever possible, falling-back to Sprint's network when there's no WiFi signal available. Since then, it's started a beta test of its service, periodically inviting users to join. Such an opportunity has just come up, and this one marks the availability of a new phone for Republic, but will ...

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    "I'm at the beach and I can't use my phone. That sucks." So reads the note I jotted down during last weekend's visit to a Boston-area beach. The weather was perfect, the crowds minimal, and the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, for once, not too cold. It was a perfect day on the sand. Or rather, it would have been, if I hadn't been so worried about babying my communication devices. Yes, yes, I know: "leave your phones at home! The beach is a place to get away from all that! Unplug from the internet for two seconds," and blah, blah, et cetera. Normally, I'd agree; there's a time and a place for ...

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    At first glance, we'd forgive you for mistaking Motorola's Defy Pro, the latest Android in its ruggedized Defy lineup, for one of RIM's babies. After all, even more so than a model like the Droid Pro or Samsung's new Galaxy Chat, this layout with its portrait orientation hardware keyboard, what looks like a trackpad, and landscape-mode screen just screams "BlackBerry". The Defy Pro appears to be running Gingerbread on its 2.7-inch display. There's no word on resolution (or much of the phone's hardware specs), but we wouldn't count on it being too high. As a ruggedized model, you had better ...

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    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 part sounds like ...

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    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 dual-core would put it on more even ...

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    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, but the 25% clock bump should help the ...

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    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 camera to function properly ...

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    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 enough, smack in the middle of Q2, ...

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    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 theme uses favorites like ...

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    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 what you will. Hopefully ...

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    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 it's still gathering info from users ...

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    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! Head over to the thread and get to rooting! The instructions are very ...

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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 yourself a bit of stress by trying out ...

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    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 Defy 2.2 are sometime in Q2 ...

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