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Motorola Defy MB525 Unlocked Cell Phone

3.0 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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Technical Details

  • waterproof

Product Description

This Android smartphone is notable for its water-resistant body and DLNA wireless media streaming. Other features include large touch screen, 5-megapixel camera with video capture, 3.5mm headset jack, 3G data, Wi-Fi, memory card slot, and dual-mic noise cancellation. Features: Modes: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 WCDMA 850 / 1700 / 2100 Locked Status: Unlocked Carrier Compatibility: Any GSM Carrier Condition: New Form Factor: Bar Internal Antenna Data Capability: Depends on Carrier & Plan Camera (Video): 5+ megapixel Speakerphone: Yes Bluetooth: Yes Touch Screen: Yes Wi-Fi: Yes Android: Yes Keyboard: Touch Screen Memory Card Slot: microSD (TransFlash), supports up to 32 GB Available Colors: Black Package Contents: Packaging (Shipping Weight): OEM Motorola BOX (0.75 lbs) Home Charger: Yes Battery: Yes Battery Door: Yes User Guide: Yes Phone Headset: Yes * Must have a data/MMS capable plan.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 6 x 3.7 x 2.7 inches
Item Weight 12 ounces
Shipping Weight 12 ounces
ASIN B00466HPZC
Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #208,770 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
#1,726 in Electronics > Cell Phones & Accessories > Carrier Cell Phones
Date first available at Amazon.com March 5, 2010

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By Robert Beier on December 28, 2010
Pros: Great call quality, fast processor, nice quality screen; Cons: Motoblur, no HD Video.

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.
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I purchased this phone about a month ago and it is really everything i hoped it would be. the only thing i don't care for is the way the camera capture button works through the touch screen rather than a button on the casing. I live at the beach and this phone goes with me everywhere, and after a month (without being in a case) this phone looks just as it did when I took it out of the box. It has enough features to impress without being so overly complicated that you never use them. I would reccommend this phone to any person who is tired of caring for their phone like a newborn, I don't want to buy cases and screen protectors. I've even swam with this phone in my board shorts a couple of times! (not on purpose) and have had no issues what so ever.
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I got this phone after having moved from Verizon to T-Mobile. My dad got the same phone, as we both liked the water-resistant/shock-proof/dust-proof features as well as the wi-fi calling and such. After having the phone since February, I have very little complaints, especially after the Android 2.2 (FroYo) update. The only issue is that the phone still seems to be a little sluggish, and freezes occasionally for a few seconds. This has gotten better since the update, but it is still kind of annoying. It is made worse by certain apps. Although this is an issue, I kind of accepted the fact that for the ruggedness of the phone (I have dropped it many times, and it still works like a charm)I had to give up some processor speed. The ability to have a 3G hotspot, included in the update, was a major bonus. One small, minor complaint is that QuickOffice was pre-installed on the phone (not QuickOffice Pro). Having used an LG Optimus while waiting for my Defy to arrive, I really liked that QuickOffice Pro was pre-installed on that phone. I also miss the physical Home/Menu/Back/Search keys, as the touch ones are unresponsive at times and rather annoying when an accidental touch sets them off. Otherwise, I really do like this phone, and it is one of the best phones I have ever had.
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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

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.
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[My previous two phones were the EVO 4g and the iPhone] I can sort of see what happens. The Motorola Defy gets really overlooked because on paper the specs aren't there like with the monster phones [EVO, Atrix, Droid, etc.]. Does it have 4g? large screen? I gb processor? HD video? 8mp camera? No? Then people automatically move on. Heck, the T-Mobile person at the mall never even heard of the Defy.

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?
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