Motorola Defy review: resistance at a price never seen before
“The Motorola Defy has a strong point: being one of the cheapest rugged phones on the market”
Lightweight design to be a rugged phone
The USB port is not covered
Has Android 10
Very basic cameras
In June 2021, Motorola presented the renewal of its legendary Defy, a device that was born in 2010 as one of the first resistant phones or rugged phones.
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Among some of the characteristics with which the Motorola Defy wants to make a place in the limited sector of resistant phones and stand up to rivals such as CAT is its IP68 resistance to water and dust, its ability to submerge up to 1.5 meters during 35 minutes and the MIL SPEC 810H military standard certification with which it assures us to withstand falls from 1.8 meters high without breaking (not even its screen).
Let’s see how this device performs on a day-to-day basis, not only in terms of endurance, but also in common use.
This phone is different in its design from others on the market. It is not too thick or heavy (234 grams) and it is also quite taller (170 x 78 x 11 mm). If it weren’t for its tough thermoplastic polyurethane back (which at first glance looks like a normal case) the phone might go unnoticed as a standard device.
The cell phone mounts a 6.5-inch screen with HD + resolution and an aspect ratio of 20: 9. Is not a display For demanding people, but yes for those who run the risk of breaking it two by three in their work, since the Motorola Defy panel has a Corning Gorilla Glass Victus layer of 0.7 mm thick to avoid scratches and breaks.
At the top of the device is a classic 3.5 mm headphone jack, while at the bottom there is a speaker and a USB-C port that does not have a protective flap, something strange being a phone whose calling card is to be able to dive a lot and for a long time.
This device is priced at 329 euros and has a clear focus on design and toughness, so we can’t expect it to be the performance king. Even so, its Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 supported by 4 GB of RAM and with 64 GB of internal space meets most of the situations that an average user could subject it to. The internal storage is quite fair when compared to phones on the current market, but the Defy has a tray to expand its memory by means of a microSD card.
Motorola released the Defy with Android 10 instead of the new Android 11, although the manufacturer promised to update it later. On the plus side, it hardly offers bloatware Except for the Motorola app.
As for the performance of its fingerprint reader located on the back, I must say that although it is quite efficient and fast, being sunk in the housing next to the cameras (within the same modules) it is sometimes easy to confuse it with these.
The phone has a 5,000 mAh battery which, with an undemanding processor and an HD + screen, should give quite a few hours of autonomy, and it did. The phone is more than up to the task in this regard, as it gave almost two days of autonomy with normal use. It has a 20 W fast charge with which it goes from 0 to 100 percent in just over an hour. It is not the fastest on the market, but not bad.
As expected, the cameras are not the strong point of this phone, although in 2021 it is surprising to find such a basic configuration. The phone has three sensors, one of 48 MP with aperture f / 1.8, another of 2 MP with aperture f / 2.4 for macro and a third depth sensor of 2 MP with aperture f / 2.4 (for portrait mode using selective focus) .
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The results with the main camera are quite fair and only give good results with uniform tones when we are in an environment with good natural light. The level of sharpness is not very good and as soon as the light diminishes a little the noise takes all the control. By sequence, the photos at night are not better, noise is the protagonist and sharpness is conspicuous by its absence.
The macro mode of the camera (both in photo and video) is not very decisive either; it is simpler and gives better results to take this type of photos with the main lens. As for portrait mode, the blur does its job: it’s not too artificial and the edges look pretty sharp.
The 8 MP front camera also delivers well in good light, natural colors and a balanced portrait mode. Of course, indoors or in the absence of light, noise greatly messes up the quality.
The Motorola Defy has a strong point: being one of the cheapest rugged phones to hit the market. Its battery is bomb-proof not to mention its toughness and resistance (I threw it several times against the ground and it does not have a scratch).
However, the price to pay for an inexpensive rugged phone (329 euros in Spain) are cuts in other aspects that for many users may be important, such as the screen or the camera system.
However, if you want a very resistant phone at the lowest possible price, the Motorola Defy is the best option – if not the only one – that you will find. If you are more demanding in other aspects, you will have to jump to models like the CAT S62 Pro, but of course, this doubles the price of the Defy.