Motorola Defy mini
The Motorola Defy mini is the little brother of the popular Motorola Defy+ . It is cheaper, but has a smaller display, less memory, a slower processor and a lower resolution camera.
Like the Motorola Defy and Defy +, the Defy mini also has a rugged, shock-resistant housing that is IP67-rated, dust-proof and waterproof at a depth of 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. It has a 1650 mAh large battery, which ensures a long battery life. With dimensions of 109 x 58.5 x 12.6 mm and a weight of only 107 g, it is one of the lightest and most compact outdoor smartphones on the market.
The Motorola Defy mini runs with a 600 MHz processor and 512 MB of RAM. It is not a speed wonder, and in some applications you have to expect jerks and short delays. The 3.2 megapixel camera with LED flash also makes only mediocre pictures. The internal memory is quite small with 512 MB, but can be expanded with the help of a microSD card by up to 32 GB. In addition, it has a 3.2-inch touch screen display with a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels, so you have to expect that surfing the Internet or reading documents is not particularly comfortable.
Connectivity offers the Motorola Defy mini Bluetooth 2.1, GPS with A-GPS, WLAN 802.11 b / g / n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA and HDSPA with a download speed of 7.2 Mbit / s is therefore not worse off than other outdoor smartphones. The operating system is Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread installed, an update to Android 4.0 or higher is not available.
Conclusion and alternatives to the Motorola Defy mini
The Motorola Defy mini is especially for those looking for a compact, yet very robust outdoor smartphone and on a high-end equipment, such as. As a high-resolution camera and a fast can do without. With a price of less than 100 €, the Motorola Defy mini has a very good price-performance ratio.
- certified to IP67
- small and handy
- shockproof and robust housing
- good battery life
- scratch-resistant display
- very cheap price
The Motorola Defy +, which has been available in Germany since the end of September 2011, is the successor to the popular Motorola Defy and, alongside the Samsung B2100 and Samsung B2710, one of the best- selling and most popular outdoor phones on the market.
Although you will not find it among the top positions on the smartphone leaderboards, but it offers a good functionality for an outdoor smartphone and is certified to IP67 . What many other outdoor smartphones, such as the CAT B10 or the Utano Barrier T180, have in store is that it is robust, but not clunky or too heavy. It also offers a strong battery, with a very long runtime for a smartphone.
Design, dimensions and workmanship
From the outside, the Motorola Defy + is completely identical to the Motorola Defy. It measures like its predecessor 107 mm in height, 59 mm in width and 13.4 mm in depth and weighs 118 grams.
The outer shell of the Motorola Defy + is made of plastic, but it is still very robust and well made. Nothing wobbles or creaks. For added stability, the case is attached to the sides with 7 screws. The battery cover, which can be opened and closed with the help of a small slider, is also rock solid. The USB port and the headphone output are provided with a cover to prevent ingress of water and dust.
In addition to a scratch-resistant display from Corning Gorilla Glass , the Motorola Defy + is certified to IP67 , which according to DIN standards means that it is dust-tight and provides protection against temporary submersion. The International Standard IEC 60529 is a little more precise in the latter case and gives the reference value 30 minutes at a water depth of one meter, which means that you can take the Motorola Defy + without problems in the bathtub or even snorkeling.
The LCD screen of the Motorola Defy + is 3.7 inches tall and has a resolution of 450 x 854 pixels. It is characterized by its sharpness and good brightness values. When surfing the Internet or reading PDF documents, even smaller fonts can be easily recognized. In terms of contrast and viewing angle, however, like most LCD displays, it has to be beaten by the retina display of the iPhone 4 or the super AMOLED displays of the Samsung Galaxy S or Galaxy S2.
Hearing and voice quality
You can understand the caller even with background noise clearly and clearly and will be well understood. The speakerphone is sufficiently loud, but could be a little louder, especially as it is an outdoor device.
The Motorola Defy + is a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash installed. In addition to effect settings such as sepia, solarization or black and white and subject settings such as portrait, twilight, or shake-free, the camera has a touch focus, geo-tagging, face detection and a digital zoom, which can be adjusted using the volume button on the side of the smartphone.
Unfortunately, the quality of the pictures is not very good. The sharpness is fine, but not outstanding, the colors look a bit washed out and the photos look even under good lighting conditions, sometimes underexposed. For snapshots, the camera is indeed suitable, who has somewhat higher standards of camera quality, but should opt for a different model.
Performance and operating system
The Motorola Defy + is characterized by a noticeably higher operating speed than its predecessor, which is partly due to the newer operating system Android 2.3 Gingerbread and partly due to the faster processor, which operates at a clock frequency of 1 GHz instead of 800 Mhz. The contacts, the camera and the browser are loaded a bit faster and it is less likely to hang. Also, the touchscreen responds faster to inputs and the zoom or multi-touch commands go a little smoother from the hand. Although it is enough, as you can imagine, not a dual-core smartphone and zoom the Samsung Galaxy S2 or the iPhone 4, the robust outdoor smartphone beaten, but we are positively surprised by the speed of the Motorola Defy + ,
Also in terms of ease of use, the Motorola Defy + can score in comparison to its predecessor. The newer operating system Android 2.3 Gingerbread, covered with Motorola’s own user interface Motoblur, looks fancier and tidier. As with its predecessor, there are up to 7 home screens available that can be equipped with Motorola or Android widgets.
Memory and battery
On internal memory, the Motorola Defy + 2 GB are available, which can be expanded with a microSD card by up to 32 GB. A microSD card with 2 GB is included in the delivery, so that one ex works 4 GB are available, which is still not very much, but enough for the first time.
The battery life has improved significantly with the Motorola Defy + compared to the Motorola Defy. This is partly because the Defy + has a 1700 mAh battery, which is 160 mAh more than its predecessor, as well as the more energy-efficient operating system. With 16 days, it has a much higher standby time than the Motorola Defy, which has a standby time of only 10 days, and even with intensive use, the battery lasts long. To test the battery performance at maximum utilization, we ran YouTube videos at maximum screen brightness. After half an hour, the battery level was at 90% and after 120 minutes still at 70%, which are very good values. With normal use, the battery lasts about 3 days, which means the Defy + has a longer battery life than most smartphones.
Conclusion and alternatives to the Motorola Defy+
The Motorola Defy + is better than the Motorola Defy. That’s out of the question. But is it worth it for the improvements that Motorola has made to spend more? Ultimately, that depends on how much more one would spend. If you look at current prices, you will find that the Motorola Defy + costs almost as much as its predecessor, so you should definitely opt for the Defy +. Even a surcharge of 50 € for the Motorola Defy + would still be acceptable.
- certified to IP67
- small and handy
- shockproof and robust housing
- good performance with little stuttering
- long battery life
- Scratch-resistant display with high resolution
- cheap price
- now quite outdated hardware and software
- weak camera
With the Defy brings the American manufacturer Motorola his first outdoor smartphone on the market. The Motorola Defy is to combine the functionality of a smartphone with the robustness of an outdoor mobile phone. Whether this has succeeded, you will learn in this review.
Design and dimensions
From the outside, the Motorola Defy has little resemblance to the usually rather clumsy and inelegant outdoor phones. It looks much like a normal smartphone: it has a black chassis, a large 3.7-inch display, and has the four typical Android Back, Home, Menu, and Search buttons.
Even with a weight of 118 g and the dimensions of 59 x 107 x 13.4 mm, it can be classified in the category smartphones rather than in the category outdoor phones. However, if you take a closer look, you will see that the Defy is quite robust and existing connections are extra protected. The large touchscreen is also more robust than one might expect at first: It is made of Gorilla Glass and, according to Motorola, should be more scratch-resistant and harder than normal touch-screen displays.
But how robust is the Motorola Defy in practice? CyberBloc-TV has tested the Motorola Defy for its outdoor qualities and sometimes subjected to extreme conditions: the testers put the smartphone in a water bath, pour it over coffee and milk, test the scratch resistance of the display by putting it in a bag with screws and screws Put tools, get it from the second floor of a house and drive over it with a car.
All tests survives the outdoor smartphone perfectly. Even after the last test, it still works, although the heavy weight of the touchscreen is broken.
Display and performance
But the Motorola Defy can convince not only externally, but also by his inner life. It runs on an 800 MHz processor and has 512 MB of RAM. It is characterized by a good working speed, which is minimally slowed down by the Motorola Blur set by Motorola via the Android interface.
Sometimes the touchscreen reacts a little bit slowly, but on the whole the mobile phone is generally fluid and fast, although it does not quite match the Motorola Milestone 2 in terms of performance. The touch screen display of the Motorola mobile phone is of high quality: It is sharp and is characterized by natural color. Even in direct sunlight, the display was still sufficiently good. The operating system is Android 2.1 Eclair installed, which can be updated to Android 2.2.
The 5 megapixel camera has both an LED flash and an autofocus. The quality of the camera is fine, but can not compete with the camera of Milestone 2 or iPhone 4. The internal memory of the Motorola smartphone is 2 GB and can be expanded with a microSD card in addition to up to 32 GB. A 2 GB memory card is included.
Conclusion and alternatives to the Motorola Defy
The Motorola Defy can convince both as an outdoor phone and as a smartphone. While it can not keep up with current high-end smartphones in terms of camera, features and computing power, it is not as robust as the Sonim XP1300 Core or Sonim XP3300 Force , but is ideal for those looking for an outdoor phone and do not want to miss out on the features and comfort of a smartphone.
- smooth operation, few stuttering
- water and dustproof housing
- well protected against shocks
- scratch-resistant display
- microSD card slot
- sharp display that is easy to see even outdoors
- good battery life
- compact and lightweight
- replaceable battery
- quite small store
- Camera could be better
Motorola Outdoor Phones
Illinois-based Motorola is one of the pioneers of mobile telephony. With the model DynaTAC built in 1983, the first mobile phone. The first GSM mobile phone, International 3200, was also developed by Motorola.
However, Motorola’s revenue has plummeted in recent years. In 2008, sales fell by 38 percent. Motorola had to cede large market shares to manufacturers such as Samsung or Apple. After Motorola had $ 4.3 billion losses from 2007 to 2009, it was split into the two companies Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions. Motorola Mobility is concerned with the manufacture of mobile phones and Motorola Solutions offers solutions for corporate customers and the public sector.
In 2012, Motorola Mobility was acquired by Google, Inc. for $12.5 billion, allowing Google to secure 17,000 patents and 6,800 mobile patent applications.