T-Mobile and Motorola Launch Defy, Rugged And More Rugged

I have to be honest and say I didn’t see this coming at all, a T-Mobile and Motorola announcement on the Oprah Winfrey show? Definitely wasn’t considering that for a launch platform but hey, it’s actually a good-looking phone. With a 3.7-inch scratch-resistant screen, water resistant and dust proof, the Defy will protect your phone against anything life can throw at it, within reason of course! We had a pretty good idea this rugged bad boy was coming back in mid-August as the Motorola Jordan. That just leaves the Motorola “Begonia” unaccounted for and we’re betting it might be one of those trademarked names we reported on a while back, perhaps a Cliq 2 in the future

Full press release and a bunch of pictures follow!


Motorola Debuts DEFY™ on the Farewell Season Premiere of “The Oprah Winfrey Show”

Exclusively for T-Mobile USA, Motorola DEFY is Equipped to Withstand All That Life Throws Your Way

September 13, 2010

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. — September 13, 2010Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) unveiled the Motorola DEFY™ enhanced with MOTOBLUR™ on today’s 25th season premiere of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Slim and pocket-able, this smartphone powered by Android™, which is planned for exclusive U.S. availability to customers of T-Mobile USA, comes equipped with a 3.7-inch high-resolution and scratch-resistant touch screen display that provides edge-to-edge views of your favorite websites, photos and videos.

“DEFY is designed to handle everything that life throws your way,” said Bill Ogle chief marketing officer, Motorola Mobility, Inc. “With all the features consumers expect in a smartphone, DEFY packs Web browsing, entertainment and messaging capabilities as well as an exterior design that can withstand the stresses of everyday life.”

Motorola DEFY is scratch and water resistant as well as dust proof, protecting you from life’s little challenges such as a sudden rain shower to a drop in the sand. Pre-installed on the DEFY, CrystalTalk® PLUS vanquishes noisy environments with two microphones that intelligently filter out background noise and amplify your voice so you don’t have to shout.

“DEFY is essentially a connection hub wrapped in a layer of protection,” said Paul Cole, vice president, product management, T-Mobile USA. “The unique and innovative form-factor of the DEFY provides you with the confidence to truly take your phone anywhere.”

An Adobe® Flash® Lite®-enabled Web browser and 3.7-inch WVGA screen allow you to view more of the Web than standard browsers. Choose from thousands of applications, widgets and games on Android Market™ and enjoy access to Google™ services including Google Search™, Google Maps™ and Gmail™.

With a durable form-factor and 5-megapixel camera featuring a flash, digital zoom and auto focus, the Motorola DEFY is the trusty companion to capture memories at the next family reunion or vacation. Part of the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), DEFY enables you to stream, store and share content with compatible devices around the home such as HDTVs, game consoles and PCs. Also, the Connected Music Player provides the option to display lyrics to your songs and enables you to discover, buy and download music, right from your phone.


Motorola DEFY with MOTOBLUR is expected to be available exclusively to T-Mobile USA customers in time for the holidays. For more information on Motorola DEFY with MOTOBLUR, please visit here.  To view images please visit here.

About Motorola
Motorola is known around the world for innovation in communications and is focused on advancing the way the world connects. From broadband communications infrastructure, enterprise mobility and public safety solutions to mobile and wireline digital communication devices that provide compelling experiences, Motorola is leading the next wave of innovations that enable people, enterprises and governments to be more connected and more mobile. Motorola (NYSE: MOT) had sales of US $22 billion in 2009. For more information, please visit www.motorola.com.

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  • APlayerfromtheHimalya

    @ogopogo..Yes, deathstar has crap for phones. iPhone is their premiere phone and I believe will begin to see slowdown there. RIM is still partnering with them to premiere exclusive phones (thought we learned that exclusives and blackberry were bad ideas ala blackberry storm), such a sad case, when there was so much success with TMO and the 9700 offering with UMA! TMO and the old school curve (with UMA).

    This is a great phone for those of us with children that want data and a cool touchscreen, PERFECT, way to go TMO. Get the other moto phones out of the store. cheapen the price, I will buy one for my child…

  • jymmyblanka

    no motorola for me after motorla CLIQ fiasco…… motorola is dead and buried….:P

    • brad

      T-Mobil rep:”Oh yea!you should totally get this phone, besides Motorola is updating it to Android 2.1 any day now”

      ANY DAY NOW!!!!!!!! Newsflash, I’m finally getting it! It IS NEVER COMING!

      Unfortunately, Cliq XT owner since MAY 2010

    • ingram

      agreed. Hell no to moto! cliq and cliq XT users STILL have 1.5…. probably the last phone with 1.5

  • pororo

    Great! Verizon gave the green light for Motorola to build a phone for T-mobile!

    • zazou

      LOL!! You are so right

  • currator

    you know what i hate moto cuz of my cliq but im not going to knock this phone. low to mid grade. how do you figure its what you asked for 3.8 screen. i do believe it has a 800 mhz cpu with flash and i bet when it launches it will have 2.2 cause it already has 2.1 and it wont be out until when. and it can take a beating so other then the moto blur confused look on face. i thought they were not using it anymore. ohhh wait your g2 will have a 3.7 screen slcd. 2.2 flash 10.1 ohh i think that moto has flash for camera. ohh and it can take a heck of a beating. so dont knock this until it comes out and the real specs are here. you guys keep crying even if tmobile gives you what you ask for. stop crying if the only two bad things on this phone are creen and moto blur then this phone is top end of tmobiles android line up look at facts it has same glass over screen as iphone4 more then like,y 2.2 with flash 10.1. 5mp camera i think it has flash. and can take a besting. sooo other then screen qual and blur whats so bad about this phone. maybe moto is gonna do like samsung learn from there mess up and do better this time

    • RockTripod

      You clearly know where the period key is, so why don’t you learn where and when to use it? Any point you may have had is completely lost in that epic run-on sentence you just posted.

  • shoelissj

    Can someone please explain what the deal is with the hate toward Motorola here? I’m relatively new to this site and am not familiar with the issues. I know that a long time ago I had a Moto Razr and it was a great phone at the time — sturdy as hell, great call quality. Has Moto really fallen that much? I know, being in the chicago area, where Motorola is HQ’d, it seems they have laid off almost everyone who worked there and the company seems to be trying to figure out what exactly they are.

    I got to play with a Samsung Vibrant this weekend — I’ve never owned a smart phone before — and have to say I was really impressed. I’m guessing that would be better than this new Moto?

    • Dalton

      They told Behold 2 owners they were gonna be able to upgrade to Android 2.1 (or 2.2?) and they lied. So Behold owners were stuck at 1.5 or 1.6 I’m not entirely sure. Then the Cliq and Cliq XT were supposed to be getting updated. And as of right now, that’s probably not happening. Or never will. They just suck at keeping their “promises” and keeping their phones updated.

      • DontJumpTheGun

        If by they you are referring to Motorola, you may want to fact check as the Behold 2 is made by Samsung.

      • can read

        he means tmobile read before commenting

      • Thinkthentype

        Can read, this is why you need to think and then type.

  • Danny

    not way, F… Motorola i hate them right now, i hate my cliq, i hate everyhing about moto they r the worse company ever

  • rev2redlineguy

    Wow, this is going to be a hard sell for Motorola depending on when it comes out for sale. If they get the 2.1 update to the Cliq/CliqXT before this phone gets launched it might have a decent chance for good sales. On the other hand if the Cliq/CliqXT updates get tosses out the window, then Motorola pretty much dug their hole in the ground. I mean sure it looks like a decent phone and I am sure it will be rugged and so BUT people remember things and customer experience is a big issue today. If a company keeps telling people that they are going to give them something then at the last minute stops it, keeps delaying it, and whatever from there the consumer is going to lose faith in that company and that is where failure meets reality. I gave up my Cliq and moved on to the Vibrant simply because I lost faith in Motorola from their empty promises and nothing served up. I think other people are just as fed up so this will be interesting to see what the outcome of this phone is.

    • Wilma Flintstone

      you mean the same way Samsung dug their grave only to have great sales with the Vibrant after people were saying stuff like, “I’ll never buy Samsung again after the Behold 2 incident”?

      yeah, your point is null. Fact is, if this phone has good specs, people will buy it regardless of previous occurrences with the company or manufacturer.

      • rev2redlineguy

        Well let us hope that Motorola won’t screw this phone up like it did with the Cliq. Yeah Samsung messed up with the Behold 2 fiasco but they learned their lesson and now with the Samsung Vibrant Galaxy S, this is their pride and joy and they know that they can’t screw this one up again. So maybe I am not giving Motorola enough credit for this phone and it could be a good sell for some people. On the other hand (as I said before) people don’t forget about the Cliq and it’s issues so that will always be on the back of some of their minds (and you can read it and hear about it often) and could affect potential sales of this new phone. Of course time will only tell once it’s released so we will see. By the way, your point is also null too Wilma Flintstone.

  • Serotheo

    I hate Motorola after the Cliq incident, but I wouldn’t mind using a good sized 3.7-4.0 inch screened Android Device that has 2.1 with a 600Mhz processor with some good Resistive to wear and tear physical build as a back-up (smart)phone or a vacation phone; that is if I have money to spare. You know if they upped the processor to 1ghz it’d be a great device but then it’ll be bashed for.. no FFC, no Flash or whatever reason they come up with.. Oh no it’s .5 inches short of Evo-ness, something like that.

    In Short.. would be great phone for a camping trip or something that endangers any electronic device(For the fellow Nerd or whomever!).

  • Patrick

    Doesn’t the G2 have a 1ghz processor that under clocked to conserve battery life. And why oh WHY do people forget that T-Mobile had THE first snapdragon processor?! The HD2 is also 1ghz. And PLEASE don’t get started on that “The HD2 is crap” if it was, it wouldn’t still be selling for 300+ on craigslist easy.

    • jonathan

      Lol, what craigslist are you looking on? Here in Houston, there’s no HD2’s going over $300 and if they are… Well, it’s for people jacking the prices up by installing Android and act as though it was something incredibly difficult. Been there, done that but there’s still no comparison to a OEM Android phone.

    • can read

      the nexus one remember dam short memory .Aw yah it get gingerbread first

  • Wilma Flintstone

    one things for sure, Tmo is definitely racking up some pretty good 3.7-4.0 inch devices. How about showing some of that love to some 4.3 inch devices as well?

  • WXman

    It’s been 30 days… time for another TMo device. LOL. God forbid we should update the ones that are already out and keep them fresh for the customers who’ve tried to be loyal to you. What a joke.

  • fiddy1fitty

    Still no UMA. Epic fail. Dealbreaker. The cure for the common phone

  • WallaceWhiting

    Great a new motorola phone! Just what I always wanted! Oh, wait nope thats not what I wanted. I’ll Take any other phone running android that does not come from Motorola. Happy cliq owner. Oh, wait no I’m not. Sorry unhappy cliq owner!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • rooster

    I will NEVER buy a motorola again (or at least for a long time) because of the CLiq fiasco!!

  • jymmyblanka

    Rooster i share your decision….

  • Bobby

    Moto… you are dead to me… dead! You hear me!? As much as I loved Motoblur it seems they don’t care enough about the other carriers to update to a newer android.

  • denzel

    I just love how everyone cant really talk trash about a moto. I know that they suck but yall take it to a whole new level. Lets just hope the make this one close to perfect.

  • http://www.tumblr.com/dashboard Britberry

    Motorola is junk.. I can’t stand any of their data devices. So many issues.

  • Mr. mean

    Amazing phone has swype texting which is amazing. I’m putting this comment on from my defy right note

  • Mr. mean

    Amazing phone has swype texting which is amazing. I’m putting this comment on from my defy right note

  • Popim79624

    I will never buy another Motorola phone Cliq XT is the worse i have ever owned.