Motorola Defy

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Reviewed by kallam (Currently owns)

Now that Cyanogenmod supports this phone and it is super quick and easy to install, this is a great phone for those who need the ruggedness. The Gorilla Glass screen, port covers, heft and hard plastics make for a solid phone that feels good in hand, even though it is smaller than most mainstream phones. The screen looks quite good even though the resolution is a bit ancient by today's standards, but it is no where near a true knock against the device. Also, there is very little bezel, giving the screen an illusion of being larger than it actually is. The phone is quite thick by the paper specs, but when you actually hold it, it doesn't seem to be noticeably thick at all. Battery life also seems to be quite good since I can consistently get through the day with over 50 percent remaining and that includes a lot of Pulse reading, texting, email, etc. The original software was pretty awful, but with a custom ROM, this thing is as smooth and fluid as anything else I have ever come into contact with, if not more so. All in all, it's a decent phone by anyone's standards and I would definitely recommend it to anyone in need of a phone that can take a bit more damage than the average phone can.

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  • Design 8
  • Display 6
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  • Reception / call quality 8
  • Performance 8
  • Software 8
  • Battery life 9
  • Ecosystem 8
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