Just how waterproof is the Motorola Defy?

We put Motorola's rugged Android smartphone, the Defy, through its paces.

The Motorola Defy Android smartphone is water, dust and scratch-resistant.

The Motorola Defy Android smartphone is water, dust and scratch-resistant.

Motorola has just announced the release of the first ruggedised Android smartphone, the Motorola Defy.

Check out our guide to top Motorola phones.

The Motorola Defy, which will be available exclusively through Telstra for three months from 30 November is water-, dust- and scratch-resistant and uses a special "gorilla glass" display which the company claims is difficult to scratch or crack.

Though Motorola was keen to point out that the Defy is not "waterproof" per say, it is described as water resistant, and can apparently handle being submerged in water up to a metre in depth. Motorola has described it as "ideal for the Australian summer".

We've just got our hands on the Motorola Defy, so check out how it holds up to the elements in the videos below:

Motorola Defy — submerged water test:

Motorola Defy — running water test:

Also check out the way the water drops register as swipes on the screen (pretty cool!):

We can also tell you that the Motorola Defy is capable of video recording while under water. After a quick wipe of the camera lens, it was good to go.

What do you think of the Motorola Defy? Would you buy one? Let us know in the comments below!

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Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

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Already have one. It is really small but with a really large screen and a big battery. Fell in water and dropped it in a jug of beer - still going strong. It is a great smartphone as well, lots of features.

Buy one............best phone I ever had



Had mine for 10 days.

Had it laying in silent rain while I was working outside. It had usb and jack lids closed properly but after a few hours there was plenty of drops inside with the battery.

Took the battery out and went to bed (phone worked ok)

Next morning I grabbed my phone and the screen was completely filled with dew and while it started up well when battery was inserted screen didn't respond to any touch.

Had it laying for a few days to dry and it worked again after 4 days of no use, but then on the 5th day it stopped respondng to any touches.

So while it should withstand (some) water, it doesn't all the time not even with everything sealed properly. And really this was mild rain we where talking about or I wouldnt be out working in it:)



I have my phone I went to swimming pool with it and I drop it in the beach I swim with it in the beach but everything is fine with it only the covers has to be put on properly when you taken the activities the rest its the best phone I ever come across with price tag that low... $300

lacey mari


ok ive had mine for like 3 weeks and dropped it in water and ran over it with my truck and theres no scrash no crack no wata in da screen :))) i love this freakin phone



Works great so long as the back doesnt come off. Motorola you would have a great phone in the defy if the damn back didnt keep coming off.



Had a motorola defy for 12 months,im an ses volunteer and during the floods this year it got wet through three layers of clothing in my pocket, and has not worked since. Took it in to be checked and it wont be covered under the warranty, i have sent an email to motorola to say hey your water resistant phone isnt so water resistant. So now i have to try and find another phone, and i can tell you i wont be getting another motorola ever as they havent even had the decency to reply to my email from 2 weeks ago.



Had my defy for about 9 months now, I'm not sure what the standard is for the durability of this phone but mine certinly did not meet it. I had one occasion where it was knocked off my desk and hit the floor leaving a sizable crack in the screen. After spending time by a nearby creek where I kept my phone sealed in 2 ziplock backs as well as a waterproof backpack (I figured it may get wet on the beach and don't really trust anything water resistant)sure enough the bag ended getting knocked into the water where it did get wet. It worked as I took it out but letting dry in the sun left half of the screen covered by a large amount of white condesation. The vibrating still works as well as the LED, however the screen is not functional. Not gonna lie I havn't enjoyed this phone. The unlock button frequently jams and the opperating system is laggy and unreliable. Not my best choice of phones.



I've had a Motorola Defy for over a year.
In my opinion, it is not sturdy (I broke the screen 4 or 5 times already), however this is a great opportunity to learn how to repair phones. I've taken mine to pieces a few times as Motorola repairs ask half the phones price, more details on http://www.motoroladefy.eu

me and only me


I HAVE HAD THIS PHONE FOR 5 MONTHS AND ITS NOT WATERPROOF THE corner of this motorola defy got wet and now my phone is inoperable,so u cant say it stands up 2 water,its shatterproof be realistic anything man made will fail you...



Hi i live in south africa and here we drink alot dropped my defy in jugs and i use my phone in the bath this is a fuc-king great phone you must just now how to use it

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