Motorola Defy now available on Optus

The Motorola Defy is water-, dust- and scratch-resistant and is now available through Optus

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

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

Following a three month exclusivity deal with Telstra, the ruggedised Motorola Defy Android phone is now available through Optus.

Read our comprehensive Motorola Defy review and see just how waterproof the Motorola Defy is.

The Motorola Defy is water-, dust- and scratch-resistant, and the company describes it as "Australia’s first summer-proof smartphone". Traditionally, ruggedised mobiles in Australia have been reserved for low-end feature phones rather than fully fledged smartphones.

The Motorola Defy runs the 2.1 version of Google's Android platform, 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 has not announced when the Defy will be upgradeable to the 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 a light version of Adobe's Flash, along with the ability to act as a 3G mobile hotspot.

The Motorola Defy is available now through Optus for $0 upfront on a $49 plan over 24 months (a total minimum cost of $1176). The plan includes $500 worth of calls, SMS and MMS value, 1.5GB of data and unlimited Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, eBay, LinkedIn and Foursquare access.

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