The Motorola Defy is one of the first rugged mobile devices that doesn’t sacrifice performance. Its durable shell is capable of deflecting drops, scratches and water. It also packs a decent hardware set, complete with a 3.7-inch touchscreen, an 800Mhz processor and a 5-megapixel camera, along with standards like GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Many devices that claim to resist the elements simply don’t. I know this because there are people in my life who are capable of destroying mobile devices like nobody’s business (Direct quote: “I’ve spilled water on my phone dozens of times, I don’t understand how it could break after dropping it in the toilet once.”) Most of the devices able to withstand this abuse, however, are bulky, offer little beyond basic phone functionality and sell for prohibitively expensive rates.
I was skeptical when we first reported on the Motorola Defy, but the video below validates its claims of durability.
Although Defy doesn’t run the latest version of Android (it runs Android 2.1), it promises to be better than virtually any other rugged mobile device that’s currently on the market. The price for the phone, which is scheduled to launch in Europe by the end of the year, has not yet been disclosed.