Newly Announced Motorola Defy is Rugged and Runs Android 2.1



Who said rugged meant a phone had to actually look like a piece of military equipment? With the announcement of the Motorola Defy, Moto brings their second Android handset specced out to resist the elements and keep chugging under even the most hostile conditions. Taking a page from the Motorola i1’s book, the Defy is prepared to take a beating (if it has to). You get a 3.7-inch Gorilla Glass display at 854×480 resolution and built to IP67 durability specifications, the handset is resistant to dust, scratches, impact, and water up to a meter deep for as long as a half hour without even stuttering.

The phones OMAP 3610 chip is clocked at 800MHz and Swype is included as a software keyboard option. A downside here is the phone is planned to launch around Europe in Q4 this year with Android 2.1. No word on Froyo for the device as of yet. At least it isn’t launching with Android 1.6, however.

[via Engadget]

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  1. Awesome software, unbreakable hardware. Sounds like a winner to me.

  2. this is a good looking phone considering how motorola usually makes some really ugly phones

  3. I always dreamed about rugged touchscreen smartphones, since all rugged phones I have seen were lame candybars.. I just love it!

  4. I like where this is going.

  5. @xmetl
    they’ve been making some truly ugly phones for AT&T atleast.
    Been making some nice phones for Verizon lately tho. XD

  6. Yes, lets definitely keep going further in this direction!!!!

  7. MotoBlur!!

    It will be on At&t or T-mobile.

  8. Is this the Motorola Jordan?

  9. I have a desire today. It is nice but for a few things:
    I can’t use it so much if its raining.
    Battery will last a normal day at work. But not a weekend camping.
    Amoled is not as good as tft with same resolution.

    The Defy could just the device for me! But its no hurry I will wait for Froyo.

  10. i say itll goto at&t

  11. What network is it for – Verizon, sprint, at&t, t-mobile???

  12. Every Android device that launches in 2010 with 2.1 deserves a beating.. luckily this device can take one.

  13. Looks like a i1 on sterdoids. It should replace the i1.

  14. Motoblur ruins this one for me.

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