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Is the Motorola Defy any good?

Has anyone got or used the Motorola Defy? I’m choosing between it and an HTC Desire.

Most Useful Answer ErgatesTheAnt  Mar. 25, 2011 at 13:37

I have the Defy, my wife has the Desire. When I was up for an upgrade a few months ago they wanted over £200 for the Desire and £50 for the Defy. Desire is definitely faster but the Defy, with its 800 MHz proc very rarely has me tapping my feet waiting. Defy has Android 2.1 but you shouldn't have to wait too long for 2.2. However, is there a chance that the Desire will get 2.3? I think I read that it would and I don't know what the chances of the Defy getting past 2.2 are. I have a whole heap of apps installed and the phone never struggles so the extra memory is a benefit. My wife runs the bare minimum on her Desire and I think it may struggle if I were to try and install all my apps. Also, the Defy is smaller than the Desire (but same size screen) and dust and scratch resistant so I love the way I can just keep it in my pocket without fiddling with a case. All in all I'm very pleased with my Defy. Desire is a great phone though. Swings and roundabouts!

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CTPAHHIK  Mar. 25, 2011 at 09:10

Have not used Defy, but looking at specs I would go with Desire, if both are same price.

Defy has slightly higher resolution screen and 2GB internal memory.
Desire has 512MB internal memory, but faster CPU/GPU.

Make sure you have Android 2.2 when you will be getting a phone. If there is no update go with other phone.

ErgatesTheAnt  Mar. 25, 2011 at 13:37

I have the Defy, my wife has the Desire. When I was up for an upgrade a few months ago they wanted over £200 for the Desire and £50 for the Defy. Desire is definitely faster but the Defy, with its 800 MHz proc very rarely has me tapping my feet waiting. Defy has Android 2.1 but you shouldn't have to wait too long for 2.2. However, is there a chance that the Desire will get 2.3? I think I read that it would and I don't know what the chances of the Defy getting past 2.2 are. I have a whole heap of apps installed and the phone never struggles so the extra memory is a benefit. My wife runs the bare minimum on her Desire and I think it may struggle if I were to try and install all my apps. Also, the Defy is smaller than the Desire (but same size screen) and dust and scratch resistant so I love the way I can just keep it in my pocket without fiddling with a case. All in all I'm very pleased with my Defy. Desire is a great phone though. Swings and roundabouts!

PaulMcD  Mar. 25, 2011 at 16:11

ErgatesTheAnt - thanks, that's really helpful. CTPAHHIK - will keep OS in mind too.

euanmsn  Mar. 31, 2011 at 03:39

Desire does not have a better GPU than the Defy. The desire's GPU is really weak compared to most Android GPUs (as with most of HTC's lineup).

b6531359  Jul. 2, 2011 at 21:37

I own a Defy. Friends own Desire. Motoblur is good. Speed, processing power etc are perfectly fine. It is waterproof to a point - which is handy (Fine after a swim in a pint of lager) and you don't need to fork out or have the added thickness of a case as it does not scratch at all. Swype comes as standard so typing is a breeze. Screen amazing. Lots of good things. I think the Desire has better looks though. Also found the camera to be a bit dodgy. I know 2 people whose camera has something wrong with it. Also STILL stuck on Android 2.1 as we speak

theeggmaster  Aug. 11, 2011 at 19:02

I have an HTC Desire and my wife has the Defy. Both are rooted and have the Miui rom on to get Gingerbread and I must say that I prefer the Defy. The phone is smaller, lighter and just as responsive. My main complaint with the Desire is the lack of internal memory. I have to use a2sd and also move the Dalvik cache onto the 16Gb card I bought just so I can install more than a couple of apps. My wife's Defy hasn't ran out of memory yet. Not to mention the ruggedness of the Defy. It's survived drops onto concrete and laminate floors, lives in a bag with many metal items and also survived when my wife put an open bottle of water into her bag, leaving it immersed for a good couple of hours.

Ergates  Aug. 12, 2011 at 10:40

One disappointment to mention - I have just had to send my Defy off for repair :(. It's the (common) faulty earpiece design flaw and as long as it gets sorted and I have no further trouble I'll be happy. I've only owned 5 mobile's. 2 of them were Motorola phones and both have had to be returned for repair. Both great phones in many ways (RAZR and DEFY) but let down in the final execution by problems in the build. May well discourage me from buying a Motorola next time.

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