In Canada, Telus has officially launched the Motorola Defy, a rugged Android-powered smartphone first released internationally a few months ago. The Defy can withstand water (as seen in the image below), dust, as well as scratches and pretty much stands in a niche of its own so far in the Android world.
Because of its ruggedness, even if feature-wise it isn’t necessarily up there with the top devices of this day and age, the Defy may very well prove to be very interesting for some people.
The Defy has a 3.7-inch Gorilla Glass capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 854×480, an 800 MHz processor, 2 GB of internal storage expandable via microSD card slot, 512 MB of RAM, 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash, and VGA (640×480) video recording, and a 1540 mAh battery. According to MobileSyrup, Telus’ Defy runs Android 2.2 Froyo. That would be interesting if true, since we’ve previously heard that the Defy will only receive an update to Froyo in the second quarter of this year. It may just be that Telus managed to get the new software before it launched the device.
Telus sells the Defy for $79.99 with a new three-year contract, $279.99 with two-year agreement, and $329.99 with a one-year commitment. If you’d rather not sign a contract at all, you can get the Defy from Telus for $379.99. If you’re interested, head over here at Telus and order yours.
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