Motorola will release the first ruggedised Android smartphone, the Motorola Defy, in Australia on 30 November.
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The Motorola Defy is water-, dust- and scratch-resistant. The company describes it as “Australia’s first summer-proof smartphone”. It will be sold exclusively through Telstra for three months from 30 November and is rated as a BlueTick phone, meaning it provides superior handheld coverage in regional and rural areas of Australia.
Ruggedised mobiles have traditionally been for low-end feature phones rather than fully fledged smartphones.
The Motorola Defy runs the 2.1 version of Google’s Android platform and it has a 5-megapixel camera with single LED flash and a 3.7in capacitive touchscreen manufactured from "gorilla glass". It features the latest version of Motorola’s MotoBlur software, which includes resizable widgets, corporate security and a battery manager.
Motorola declined to comment on when the Defy will be upgradeable to the latest 2.2 version of Android, called Froyo. Froyo adds full Flash support, built-in wireless tethering, and the ability to store third-party apps on your SD card, though the Motorola Defy already features Flash light and the ability to act as a 3G mobile hotspot.
"Many of our customers tell us they're looking for a smartphone that’s rugged enough to support their active lifestyles”, said Richard Fink, director Telstra mobility products. "We also think it’s going to be a hit with outdoor workers and tradies who want advanced features in a mobile that can take a few knocks."
The Motorola Defy is available for $0 upfront on Telstra's $49 cap over 24 months, which includes $450 worth of calls and text and 1GB of data.