« on: November 16, 2010, 05:19:58 pm »
I have it. It's a great little phone. Very responsive, great size, android 2.1 and eventually getting 2.2, excellent call quality and the speaker is very loud and clear. Decent camera, though it gains much functionality with the camera zoom fx app. At first I thought the usb cover would become flimsy or fall off but so far after probably 300+ plug and unplugs it's just as tight as when I got it. Battery life is still being tested but seems very good so far. A solid day or more once optimized. Build quality is excellent; not like the razr2 v8 I had a couple years back.
The size is perfect. There isn't lots of extra space above and below the screen like the iphone4. If you've ever handled a samsung behold (the original) you have a good idea of how big/small this phone is. It's a couple mm longer and wider but the thickness is very similar.
The screen is big and beautiful. The gorilla glass gives me a sense of security but I'm not running keys across my phone to test. Same goes with the water resistance. I've seen videos where people dunked the phone for a while and it was fine. Great, but I'm not doing that. I am glad it'll survive a dunk in puddles or even (god forbid) the toilet and it's inevitable rinsing after.
There's some talk about the processor and GPU; moto's official site has the cpu listed as a TI OMAP 3610 and having a PowerVR SGX 530. If what I've read is true, the OMAP 3610 can't have a GPU. Various tests across the web suggest the gpu is present so I'm inclined to believe the cpu listing is a typo on moto's site and the actual processor is a OMAP 3630, which is great news. This is further evidenced by the fact that when I plug in the defy to my pc in bootloader mode and run rsd-lite, it's seen as an OMAP 3630. Noone's 100% sure though...
2GB of on phone storage and 512 MB of RAM + an included 2gb microsd card. Good enough for me. Apps are addicting though; I wish manufacturers would just make RAM 1gb or more so we have plenty of padding.
The charger is good at what it does; the detachable usb cord is a great touch I hope all phone manufacturers include. The cable is pretty short though; a 6' cable would be perfect.
I do miss the physical keyboard on my 9700 (planned on selling that for the 9780 anyway) but the swype keyboard works great once it gets to know you and your typing style.
One of the only things I don't like is the color. White does NOT give the effect of "lifeproof". I want the EU black one! Or make a US midnite blue one and I'd buy that one too.
Also, this might mean something to some (it does to me), but there's no epikcase for it yet...
I turned off haptic feedback and only get it when touching the 4 keys at the bottom, then again I am on a different fw version. I flashed mine to the UK fw with rsd-lite after rooting with z4root. I lost 3g but once a tmous fw becomes available I'll reflash and have it back. I like the uk fw though; no motoblur activation necessary. I might just see if I can modify the system to recognize the us 3g bands. I used root explorer to remove unwanted apps after rooting. I see a lot of the android gurus using the sdk and adb to push and pull apps and things from the system but root explorer has done everything I've wanted. I changed the bootscreen to an android being scribbled on the screen; it's pretty cool. With root explorer it's very easy. I like the motorola widgets a lot. You can make one touch call icons for contacts. I have an entire screen set up like that.
So to sum it all up, I love this phone. Like I said, I miss the physical keyboard but adjusted to the swype in about an hour. I'm still buying the 9780 later this year though. The defy will be my work (woodworking) phone while the 9780 will be my go around. Maybe.
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