updated 08:15 am EDT, Wed September 1, 2010
Moto Defy a weather, scratch proof Android phone
Motorola brought out a second Android phone in its pre-IFA launches, this time aimed at the outdoors. The Defy has the 3.7-inch, 854x480 screen of the Droid 2 but in a touch-only design built to survive outdoors. The shell is booth dustproof and water-resistant, and the screen is tempered to be much less scratch-prone. It also touts a dual microphone to cut back on wind noise and other outdoor sounds.
The phone still uses Android 2.1 with the full Motoblur social networking layer and is currently limited to Flash Lite as a tweak to its browser. It runs a slower TI OMAP processor than the Droid 2, at 800MHz instead of 1GHz, but still supports a five-megapixel camera and extras like DLNA media sharing.
The Defy should ship to Europe in the fall. It currently doesn't support North American 3G, although most Motorola Android devices reach the US.