Motorola Defy XT Review

The Motorola Defy XT is a water-resistant and dustproof Android smartphone, which can make it a great companion for those who love surf and sand.

The Motorola Defy XT is a pocketable and pleasantly small device, especially when compared to the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Motorola Electrify 2. It is comfortable to hold and relatively lightweight, with a somewhat generic black slab design. The phone should survive more than a few bumps onto the pavement and dunks into a water-filled bucket. The phone isn’t usable under water, but it should work properly once dried.

The Motorola Defy XT has 3.7” at 480 x 854 pixels resolution. It looks great at a glance, but the display seems to have a weird vertical paneling effect. It isn’t noticeably visible at first, but this could be annoying after you use the phone for a week. To fully comply with the phone’s ruggedized standards, the display is scratch resistant and much more durable than standard displays.

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The Motorola Defy XT works in CDMA network and has no 4G LTE support. Call quality is mostly average and voices may seem a bit fuzzy in your earpieces. The speakerphone should sound perfectly fine, but not loud enough when used outdoors.

The Motorola Defy XT uses the woefully outdated 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227A single-core processor. You’ll encounter a bit of sluggishness and the phone won’t be ideal for high-end gaming.

The phone still runs the old Gingerbread (Android 2.3.7), which already feels old. There are seven homescreens to swipe between, which are preloaded with the usual widgets and apps. It is possible to remove most of the bloatware and you can run most of the 700,000 apps adequately.

The Motorola Defy XT has a 5Mp rear-facing camera with LED flash. Unfortunately, colors look washed out and it takes more than a second to snap a shot. Users can record WVGA videos at 30fps.

The Motorola Defy XT is a decent, budget smartphone with great ruggedized features. It should be appropriate for budget-conscious outdoors lovers with undemanding hardware requirements.


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Author: Mike

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