Yesterday evening I was invited to a Motorola party in London. They call it the Defy the Cold party, and surprise surprise - it had something to do with their recently launched Defy smartphone. Also seen at the party was the new Motorola Milestone 2. Released in the US as Droid 2, the Milestone 2 is pretty old news now. Still it was pretty exciting to play with it, and I hope to get one soon to review.
Anyway back to the Defy... the Defy is a new Android budget smartphone. It runs on Android 2.1 (Eclair), which is an even older news now that Android Gingerbread 2.3 is out. Motorola reckons that the Defy will be blessed with Froyo 2.2 update on Q1 2011. At this rate, lord knows when if ever it will ever get Android 2.3 update.
Still for around £260 sim-free, the Defy nets you plenty of good specs - 800Mhz ARM Cortex A8, 512MB RAM, 2GB built-in storage with microSDHC slot, 1540mAh battery, WiFi, 7.2Mbps HSDPA, aGPS receiver, 5MP camera, 3.7" LCD with 480x854 pixels resolution etc. Oh and it happens to be dust proof and water resistant as well. Motorola calls the Defy the 'Lifeproof' phone. I call it a friggin awesome phone.
I can personally confirm its water resistance. It had no problems under the tap or when dunked under water. As long as the micro USB, headphone jack and battery door is firmly closed, water will not get in. The only issue I've encountered is due to the nature of capacitive screen, it is almost impossible to use the semi rugged Defy when there is water on the screen, much less under water.
Update: I wrote a slightly more extensive preview on Fonearena.com. Check it out.