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6 Comments 2021-09-30T09:17:39ZSamuel Fernández@samfdz

It was Motorola's turn to resurrect a "classic" mobile, always in quotes, as other manufacturers have done before. In this case it was the Motorola Defy, a phone that recovered the path of robust mobiles and that returns to the old days accompanied by Bullit, the person in charge of CAT phones.

Like almost all phones considered robust, resistant or with a rugged surname, the new Motorola Defy bets on a competent but restrained interior and entrusts the model's punch to its design and resistance. Undoubtedly a phone to take into account for certain uses and that is proof of almost everything, but let's see how it has behaved in the performance tests.

Motorola Defy data sheet

Motorola Defy


6.5-inch LCD HD resolution + Corning Gorilla Victus glass


Snapdragon 662




64GB + microSD

rear cameras

Main: 48 megapixels f / 1.8 Macro: 2 megapixels Black and white: 2 megapixels

Frontal camera

8 megapixels


5,000 mAh 20W fast charge

Operating system

Android 10 + My UX


LTE Cat 4, VoLTEWiFi, VoWiFiBluetooth 5.0NFC3.5mm jackUSB type C


MIL-SPEC 810H IP68 certification



Motorola Defy Rugged Smartphone (6.5" HD, IP68/IP69, Qualcomm Processor, 5000 mAh Battery, Android 10), Black

RRP on Amazon €299.90

Sacrifice design to gain durability

The Motorola Defy is not exactly an aesthetic phone, as is often the case with rugged models or those prepared to withstand extreme conditions. It is also not light, with 232 grams of weight, nor small with its almost 17 centimeters high by 7.8 centimeters wide. But it is the price to pay to obtain the resistance that the Motorola and Bullit model promises, and that resistance begins with its screen.

The Defy is ready for anything with IP68 resistance, military certification, Gorilla Glass Victus and a textured case.

We have in front of us a 6.5-inch LCD panel protected with Gorilla Glass Victus, the latest generation of anti-scratch and anti-shock glass from the firm, and the body is certified against dust and water with IP68, in addition to offering the military MIL-SPEC 810H. A phone that comes to the test of everything at the cost of being somewhat square in its design and sacrificing aesthetics to change it for durability.

As for the rest, the phone has a screen divided at the top by a notch in the form of a drop of water, and has a performance as expected. The viewing angles are not the best but we do have good color representation and good tactile sensation. Some extra brightness is missing, which is sometimes insufficient outdoors, but in general we are talking about a screen that meets what is asked of it. When it comes to cleaning, for example, it stays pretty far from fingerprints just like the rest of the phone.

The back is quite uncluttered with the camera module at the top center and the fingerprint reader located just below. The rest of the phone is covered by the textured back. On the right side, instead of the keypad, we find the power and volume buttons, and also a dedicated button for Assistant that is programmable thanks to the 'Push Mode' offered by the phone's software.

Finally, at the bottom we have the USB type C port for charging next to the phone's only speaker, and at the top we find the headphone port. A simple phone in its proposal and that stands out, as we have already said, for a design with thick frames and ultra-resistant materials to be able to take it with us wherever we want. But without any other design details that make it stand out from the competition.

A mid-range processor but with 4GB of RAM next to it

As we have already mentioned in the introduction, Motorola sacrifices its features to focus on design, although its internal equipment is quite competent. At the command we run into the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 supported by 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal space. The brain has behaved well in almost all situations, although at times it has offered us some jam or another, and tightening the nuts has made its limitations emerge, although it must be made clear that we are facing a modest middle line.

It is appreciated that the software is practically clean, but it is difficult to justify that it is Android 10

A special mention must be made of the software section, with Android 10 (error to be highlighted) that runs almost clean through its veins and that contributes to the smooth operation of the phone at all times, without recharging when it is not necessary. Besides. It has some software aids such as the aforementioned programmable mode for its side button that can make our lives a little easier. Of course, it would be required for a phone launched at this point in 2021 to arrive with Android 11, especially with Android 12 just around the corner.

We leave you below with the usual benchmarks to which we subject the phones in our tests, and so you can see the scores obtained by this Motorola Defy.








Snapdragon 662

exynos 9610

Helium G85

Snapdragon 665

Snapdragon 765G

Snapdragon 732G








GEEKBENCH 5.0 (single/multi)

312 / 1,306

347 / 1,338

348 / 1,289

308 / 1,341

554 / 1,832

566 / 1,787















Despite only having 64GB of RAM, the Motorola Defy has a tray to expand its memory thanks to a microSD. However, with this space we have had no problems installing all kinds of apps and games, and even syncing some movies and series from streaming services like HBO or Disney+ offline. Because yes, this phone invites you to consume movies, series and games thanks to a battery that surprises despite finding us with 5,000 mAh that we have already seen on other occasions.

The Motorola Defy knows how to take advantage of the 5,000 mAh battery because we are facing a mobile phone that is difficult to leave without power

To these 5,000 mAh we must also add a 20W fast charge that allows us to return 100% of the energy to the phone in approximately one hour and twenty minutes, but where its real power lies is in the pure and simple autonomy section. With the Motorola Defy we have not dropped below 8 hours of screen time in any of the tests, and we have even reached almost 10 hours of screen time by lowering the demand a bit and in two days of use.

The Motorola Defy can boast, and rightly so, of its autonomy

Finally, and before going on to talk about its cameras, it is time to comment on the behavior of its rear fingerprint reader. The only defect that we find is that it is located in a sunken area of ​​the back cover that shares space with the cameras, so it will be difficult not to constantly rest your finger on the protective glass of the sensors. Otherwise, it works well and has given us no recognition errors, even when using it with wet fingers. Good fingerprint reader, although it would have been appreciated to be able to better detect its position with the finger.

Main, macro and depth: this is your photographic equipment

In the Motorola Defy we come across a fairly simple photographic equipment that is made up of three sensors, although at the moment of truth we only use two of them. The main one is a 48-megapixel one with an f/1.8 lens, the secondary one is a 2-megapixel one with an f/2.4 lens for macro photography and finally we find a 2-megapixel sensor with an f/2.4 lens for depth readings. That is, for its Portrait mode with selective blur.

Main, macro and blur, a simple, direct and foot rear team

The camera app is quite simple, as befits almost clean Android phones, and puts in front of us almost everything we need to take normal photos. If we want something more concrete, the menus with other modes are opened by scrolling to the right and in general everything is where it should be. On phones with more sensor options, we would have appreciated other dedicated modes, but the Motorola Defy app means that nothing is missing from it.

In good lighting, the Motorola Defy performs flawlessly on almost all parameters, including dynamic range.

We are in a mid-range and, therefore, we did not expect better results than those we have obtained with this Motorola model. The daytime photographs are good, above the average that we usually find at this power level, and also the shooting speed is fast, but not the processing speed once we have captured it. The latter makes the photo take a couple of seconds to be available in the gallery, but nothing serious.

At night everything gets worse and although we do not have a watercolor effect, the camera shows noise before time and has problems with the light sources

As soon as the light falls, however, the limitations of this camera are appreciated despite having a bright lens like the one it carries. Here the noise appears sooner rather than later and although we appreciate not having algorithms that convert the photographs into watercolors, there is a noticeable drop in quality.

The macro lens does not lend us a hand when photographing because it does not make focusing easy nor does it take advantage of photography: 2 megapixels are very scarce

It's time to talk about macro photography and it's time to repeat ourselves with the comments made in other analyses. Yes, the macro mode does not work badly, offering good separation between planes, color and sharpness at the edges. Having a fixed focus also makes it difficult to capture the area we want during photography, so the results are far from what might be expected. Perhaps if the sensor had grown to 5 megapixels we would have had other sensations.

The blur is quite acceptable, with defined edges and separating the layers well. Good job. Even playing with backlights, the Motorola Defy has a good portrait and the speed of shooting and processing does not suffer

Finally (speaking of the rear equipment), the Motorola Defy has the lens for blurring and, therefore, with portrait mode. Again we find that photographs in good light are acceptable but worsen at nightfall, since it is the main camera that is ultimately in charge of taking the photograph. In this case, the processing is fast and we hardly notice a difference with the photographs without blurring, and the edge detection is correct. Overall a good mode with the usual flaws for its price level.

Selfies with light are quite good and colors are shown well, with defined edges and good contrast

We close talking about selfies with the Motorola Defy, with acceptable performance thanks to its 8 front megapixels but with nothing to highlight. Good colours, good edge detection and faster image processing speed. At night, again, the quality drops again, as expected. But we are facing unremarkable selfies in general.

Motorola Defy, the opinion of Xataka Móvil

We have said on several occasions that we are facing a mid-line phone and as such it has behaved in almost everything except autonomy. The Motorola Defy offers us everything necessary for the phone to operate smoothly and carries a screen that maintains the level with respect to the rest of the equipment and that has few defects. Perhaps the most notable is its lack of maximum brightness.

Maybe a couple of modifications or three would have made this Motorola Defy a rounder mobile, but in return we have a bomb-proof bunker

On a day-to-day basis, the Motorola Defy behaves quite well even if we dedicate ourselves to playing, although it suffers with the most demanding titles, and its excellent autonomy will mean that we can forget about the plug for many hours, which is always appreciated. Especially speaking of a phone whose resistance and durability invites us to take it with us on an adventure, far from the current. Your strong point.

Finally, in photography we have a phone that does not stand out with any of its cameras, offering average performance in almost all aspects. The main problem that this Motorola Defy will face when it reaches the market will be, as usual in reinforced phones, that of its price. Making a phone this resistant is not cheap and it is possible that only users accustomed to moving in this niche will appreciate it. We'll see how it behaves.


Design7.5 Screen7.0 Performance7.5 Cameras7.0 Software7.75 Autonomy9.5

In favor


Motorola Defy Rugged Smartphone (6.5" HD, IP68/IP69, Qualcomm Processor, 5000 mAh Battery, Android 10), Black

RRP on Amazon €299.90

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