Motorola Defy MB525 Unlocked Cell Phone
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I had a Motorola Cliq and swore I would never use another Motorola Android phone after that experience. I had planned to upgrade to a G2 or MyTouch HD, but just couldn't afford it. I read the reviews on this device and decided to give Motorola one last chance.
I can't yet speak on whether or not the experience with support or upgrades will be any better as it is too soon to tell, but the device itself is a great phone. The screen is not huge, but it's not small either; it is bright and very easy to read. Images look great on it as well. Though it only has a 800mghz processor it does run rather well and if you plan to root this thing you can easily get your phone up to 1ghz or more. I am not the biggest fan of Motoblur as it can cause the phone to lag, but replacing the Moto home screen can take care of a lot of that lag. The picture quality is not the best, but it is decent; I only wish it had HD video, but for quick videos on the fly it gets the job done.
If you are in the market for a quality Android phone, but can't afford the $200 price tag of most high end phones, this would make a great choice for you.
Cons: Gorilla Glass will sometimes have some issues recognized your finger in extreme cold, camera could probably be better, needs better Flash support
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. I wish Amazon had this phone when I bought it but I had to go to the T-Mobile store.
If you have any questions let me know and I'll try to help you out.
Pity. Because this is one sophisticated, well-thought out, evolved device. I know what design at Motorola did: they balanced several different *kinds* of performance. Not only speed, but endurance. Not only features, but durability. Not just stats, but overall user experience. So they dialed back on the 4g and gave it 3g knowing 4g isn't all that much faster yet but it hogs battery power. They gave it a smaller footprint, too. The Defy's overall dimensions are smaller than the iPhone 3g. But the screen is larger.
Result: the Motorola Defy is satisfyingly fast*, gets respectable battery life, and has all kinds of evolved features. Like wifi calling: still uses your minutes but helps when there's a weak cell signal. You can also sync wirelessly to transfer files. You can stream video content wirelessly to any DLNA-compliant flatscreen. Motorola included a task manager and a battery usage manager, as if to say, 'we know about the battery thing'. Of course it has wifi hotspot capabilities. And on and on.
And oh, yes, you can dunk the Defy in 3 feet of water for 30 minutes and it'll still be good. It's dustproof--and dust is a major source of mobile phone malfunctions. And it's shock resistant.
So, I don't know, it sort of makes my previous phones seem like Barbie phones. "You mean you can't answer in the shower or take a call in driving rain?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It took me a couple of hours to get hang of it: good feel, rugged, a bargain at 190 EUR. As I use it mainly while in sandy environment sand particles stick between screen and case... Read morePublished on August 29, 2012 by Giuseppe Ratti
I own this phone for 3 months, and last week the screen cracked without any drop. The phone is still on warranty and Motorola refuses to exchange the screen and is charging me USD... Read morePublished on August 29, 2011 by Tiago Melo
I received a Motorola Defy as a replacement for a malfunctioning Motorola Cliq XT, from T-Mobile. The very next day after I received it, I accidentally dropped it into a large... Read morePublished on July 22, 2011 by Michael S. Perry
The phone itself is awesome. Android has many on going problems with its bluetooth software. It pairs fine most of the time but their is no voice command to prompt you. Read morePublished on May 30, 2011 by Amazon Customer
Unless you get one of these with a defective, crack-prone screen (in which case my sympathy goes out to you) this is a high-quality mid-to-low-end Android device. Read morePublished on May 11, 2011 by gkverne
If you don't need anything more than a decent browser and a qwerty key layout its great. Mines replaced the iPhone and I don't miss it. Read morePublished on May 2, 2011 by Gadgets on a budget
Bought mine from amazonwireless, had it for 2 weeks. Constantly having problems with lagging, freezing, and battery life. Read morePublished on April 28, 2011 by j,
I literally plugged this phone to charge for one hour, came back, and the screen was cracked. I've treated this phone very carefully. Read morePublished on April 25, 2011 by juice
I LOVE this phone....I am known to be a bit...oh...careless with electronics (goodbye iPod touch in the toilet, and Blacberry in the tub) so when I saw water RESISTANT I thought... Read morePublished on April 19, 2011 by Amazon Customer