Motorola, Telstra debut 'summer-proof' DEFY Android phone

Make sure the input covers are fastened before taking it for a dip

The Motorola Defy is water, dust and scratch resistant and will be available through Telstra from 30 November.

The Motorola Defy is water, dust and scratch resistant and will be available through Telstra from 30 November.

Motorola’s new DEFY Android handset was launched on Telstra this week and lays claim to being dust, scratch and splash resistant making it “summer-proof” during a day out at the beach.

The DEFY is available through Telstra from November 30 for $0 upfront on a $49 per month plan, including 1GB of data.

Telstra has the DEFY exclusively for three months and the release follows Motorola's Milestone 2 Android device launch on Optus earlier this month.

With plastic covers over the phones input connectors (audio, micro USB, etc) the handset can withstand the elements better than other phones, but users still need to wary of damaging the phone if water gets into an uncovered hole, said one Motorola rep.

The DEFY has a 3.7-inch multi-touch screen and weighs in at 118 grams.

Running Android 2.1, Motorola has ported a number of features found in 2.2 ‘Froyo’ for this release like the ability to use the phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to five devices.

Motorola also bundled Flash Lite and Swype with the DEFY and its MOTOBLUR social media and online services suite is also integrated.

The standard suite of Google apps for Android is available along with access to the Android Market.

Other specs include 2GB of internal memory, 512MB of RAM, and a MicroSD slot with support for 32GB.

The DEFY supports HSDPA at 7.2Mbps and HSUPA at 2.0Mbps.

Motorola claims the DEFY has up to 6.8 hours of talk time and 9.9 days of standby time.

Rodney Gedda is Editor of TechWorld Australia. Follow Rodney on Twitter at @rodneygedda. Rodney's e-mail address is rodney_gedda@idg.com.au. Follow TechWorld Australia on Twitter at @Techworld_AU.

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