Motorola DEFY coming to TELUS soon (Video)

Ian Hardy

March 21, 2011 5:20pm


Along with the XOOM, TELUS will be releasing the Motorola DEFY. This is another Android-powered device that will be landing on the carriers shelf, but no word on an official release date or pricing. This runs OS 2.2 and is one of their rugged devices that can withstand water, dust and scratches (made of Gorilla Glass). All the ports are protected with rubber covers and this comes with a 3.7-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 480 x 854, can create a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, holds up to 32GB with a microSD card. We had an opportunity to check out this device and captured a quick video.

  • mdazz

    It’ll be good if they will provide updates like they will do for the Atrix.
    Let’s hope this will not be another example of the Milestone failure.

  • steven schwartz

    T-mobile also sells the defy, I am wondering if the telus version will support AWS like the t-mobile version

    • cheenachatze

      The Telus will be different than the T-Mo USA. Motorola sells this model all over the world with different radios.

  • espink

    That looks like a good phone. Smaller and tougher. I like.

  • James

    I always cringe when someone throws a smartphone. This brings back memories of the HTC Legend drop test video on YouTube.

    Based on the way this guy was presenting the phone, I actually didn’t expect him to give it a decent toss.

  • Rich

    I’ve learned that with Android phones you want to only buy something with high notoriety if you want updates.

    Ever heard of the Defy before? Nope. Skip…

  • scout247

    It’s a good little phone, i ordered it from T-Mobile and unlocked it, only to discover only Rogers has the right frequency bands :( Sold it to my roommate, waiting for this one cause i got no phone that works.

    • cheenachatze

      Rogers is different frequencies than T-Mo. I have the Defy from T-Mo, it works perfect on Mobilicity (I get 3Mb download 1Mb upload). It’s a fast and compact phone, the smallest phone on the market with 3.7″ display. There are quite a few hacks for it too, that make it run even faster. Too bad it will be sold here by Telus, and not Mobilicity or Wind.

  • sookster54

    Who cares

  • Charles in Vancouver

    It’s nice that they are tossing Froyo 2.2 onto this one (T-Mobile USA is stuck on 2.1 for theirs), but you definitely can’t expect any further upgrades. There are some interesting hacked ROMs but the bootloader is still locked.

    That being said, if you want an Android you can take on a rock-climbing or canoe trip, this is pretty much the only game in town.

    • cheenachatze

      The US Defy will get 2.2 very soon, there are many beta versions out already. I have this phone and I love it, but it’s still a delicate piece of electronics. Don’t except it to withstand much abuse.

  • michael

    It’d be better if they threw this out the Window.

    • md

      Or in the garbage can.

  • Sub-Joker

    I wonder if this one will follow the update plan of motorola Backflip, Dext or quench. oh wait, there was no update to any of these phones.

    That’s one of the main reasons i’m sticking with a “Google phone”. I know phones like the Galaxy S, or Desire HD have better hardware than my nexus but when they get the updates (if they ever got them) they’re always at least 4 to 6 months behind. which is a lot these days.

    • sookster54

      HTC are great with their software updates, the original Desire is scheduled for Gingerbread and Desire HD should follow suit shortly, Samsung isn’t that bad with their’s, the problem is they have a gazillion Galaxy models on hand which is too much to handle, and obviously the built the Nexus S.

    • sookster54

      I had the Quench and Charm, never again, no more Motorola smartphones for me.

  • Nick

    I kinda hope this phone does well… I’ve always thought there’s no sense in having a high-end phone you can’t afford to drop a couple of time over a span of 3 years.

    It got pretty good reviews when it came out, it may not be in the same league as the 1GHz crowd but for someone who stands a good chance of someday dropping/soaking/putting their phone in a backpack, it’s a safe bet.

  • mdazz

    Does this phone float? Hope you don’t drop in the middle of a lake while you are sailing. Than again, you could go for a swim.

  • George Jia

    What’s with telus and these outdated phones? I don’t mean these are not nice phones. But, could you just release something that was announced in the past 6 month?

  • Carlos Andres

    ur selling the phone but you dont know the specs? WOOOOOOOWWWW BAD SALES PERSON!!!

  • JMoss

    My Defy is running stable at 1200 mhz.

    Its a decent phone, and in terms of price, easily the best in its class.

    It looks clean as well, I have already dropped it once from standing to concrete without doing a bit of damage to it. It feels solidly built. A decent, fast, 2.2-2.3 phone.

    Running 2.2 presently. Without Blur, and the phone is decently fast. QScores in the 1500-1600 range.

  • Kris Morey

    I just bought a telus defy from a guy the other day, under about it says its running 34.4.706.MB525.TELUS.en.CA Rev. 01 android 2.2.1 build 3.4.2-107_JDNL-6(think its a J hard to tell).

    • Mike Kiminksi

      How did you do that? I want to get one ASAP!

  • Kris Morey

    It is 850/1900 and using 3G/HSPA on the rogers network. I am having trouble rooting it though. If you can root them then you can get the radio fixes and get onto any network.

  • =NoXiouS=

    I was strictly Motorola for 15 years. Tough stuff! My first brick cost $1,000 and weighed almost 6# with battery on it! I hope to see done dual core stuff from Motorola soon. I may check this one out.