Hands-on with the Rogers Motorola Defy Pro (video)

Dump it in water; cover it with sand; crush it with a boulder — the Motorola Defy Pro will survive (probably).

The QWERTY-sporting handset has a remarkable resemblance to another popular handset, but this one is IP67 certified, meaning it can be submerged in water, covered in dust and debris and applied with a serious amount of force, without breaking (a sweat).

The device comes with a 2.7-inch 320×480 pixel display for a decent pixel density of 214ppi. The QWERTY keyboard really does rival the Bold 9900 (don’t laugh, it’s true — it’s amazing) and though there are a few too many buttons in between the screen and keyboard, the device comes across as a workhorse.

All the seams on the phone’s inside are covered with rubber to protect the internal components from damage, but you’d never be able to tell from the exterior. While it is a bit thick, its black-and-chrome stylings could pass muster in a boardroom or on a construction site. Rest assured that the screen is covered with Gorilla Glass, too.

Inside we have a 1700mAh battery for a ridiculous 12 hours of talk time and 13 days of standby. The build of Android 2.3 Gingerbread (really?) has been modified for the small horizontal screen and though apps are definitely a bit squished, everything should work just fine.

The Motorola Defy Pro is coming exclusively to Rogers in the coming months. Price and launch date is coming soon, so stand by.