September 1, 2010 | by Chris Smith
If you are hard on your phone and have been upset with the lack of “extreme” devices that you have had to choose from, many of them being non-smartphones, then Motorola hopes that you check out its new Motorola Defy. The Defy will be a rugged Android 2.1 device that is set to launch in Europe sometime in Q4.
The Defy boasts a 3.7-inch capacitive Gorilla Glass touchscreen, water-, dust-, scratch-, and impact-resistance, an OMAP 800Mghz processor, and Android 2.1. According to Moto the Defy can sit in 1 meter of water for around 30 minutes without showing any signs of damage, which makes dropping it in a puddle a non-issue. The device is rather clunky really, not that thin or sexy, but what do you expect for something that is so robust and exempt from wear and tear of “extreme” use.
FroYo isn’t supposed to ship with this device, which is something perplexing especially when the device is slated until later this year. There is no real word on when the device will be able to take advantage of 2.2 but we imagine it will be sometime soon after its release. Part of the reason that this device isn’t shipping is because it uses Moto Blur as a skin on top of Android and customizations take time to port to newer Android versions.