The Motorola Defy XT Review: A Great Android for Irresponsible Android Users

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The Motorola Defy XT is part of a new breed of androids designed to stand up to the rigors of outdoor living. But we find that many of those specs are also well-suited to stand up to the rigors of our irresponsible usage. This Motorola Defy XT Review will give few reasons why the Motorola Defy XT is great for clumsy, accident-prone and otherwise irresponsible android users.

It Takes a Beating

The Motorola Defy XT is designed to take all that the bottom of your purse, the beach and your kids can throw at it. The case is dust proof and the display is equipped with Corning Gorilla Glass. It will resist scratches and scuffs from sand, keys or loose change so you don’t have to worry about where you set it down. To keep you from dropping it as you’re prone to do, the phone’s case is rubberized.

The Motorola Defy XT in Water

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It’s Water Resistant

This is our favorite part of sporty phones like these. You can drop this baby in the tub, toilet, river, ocean or any other watery horror that usually lies in wait for your smartphones. Thanks to an IP67 rating, this phone can stand up to 3 feet of water for 30 minutes until it decides it’s had enough of you and starts to show signs of damage.

Anything less and it will keep on ticking just fine. But, unlike other sporty androids like the Xperia Go, the Motorola Defy XT doesn’t have wet finger tracking. That means you’ll have to dry your hands and the screen off before you do any touching or swiping.

It Has Lots of Battery Life

It can be tough to remember to charge your phone. And if you lead an active outdoor lifestyle, finding an outlet is even tougher. Luckily, the Motorola Defy XT’s 1700mAh battery is long lived. You can squeeze up to two days out of it even with moderate use.

It’s a Lot of Fun

Even irresponsible smartphone owners still want to have fun with their phone. And the Motorola Defy XT has most of the perks and social media functions you’d expect from a mid-range android. Google Play allows you access to nearly ½ million apps, games and videos. To make sure you have room for it all, Motorola equipped the defy XT with 1G of internal memory and room for up to 32GB more via a miroSD slot.

And you can view it all though a sizable 3.7-inch TFT LCD touchscreen. The colors don’t pop like they do on other Super LCD or AMOLED displays. But unless you’re super picky about screen quality, you’ll find that text, pics and video are sharp enough to be enjoyable.

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Reasons to Look Elsewhere

One of the low points that this Motorola Defy XT review revealed is that it runs on Gingerbread (Android 2.1), which isn’t Ice Cream Sandwich but not necessarily a deal breaker. The trouble is the processor. At 1GHz, it struggles to run even Gingerbread (Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades are likely to remain out of the question) and you’ll notice a fair bit of stuttering and lag, especially when you’re browsing the internet. That’s kind of a bummer. Especially when other sport phones like the Xperia Go don’t make you trade processor speed for durability.

The Verdict

The Motorola Defy XT review shows that this phone isn’t a bad one. If it’s the only smartphone offered by your carrier that can stand up to the rigors of your daily usage, we highly recommend it. But if it’s available, consider buying the Xperia GO instead. It’s just as durable, its innards work more smoothly and it’s just a bit cheaper.