Motorola Defy 2021 Best Review: Camera, hardware Specs & Price

Motorola Defy 2021
Motorola Defy 2021

Motorola Defy 2021 Best Review: Camera, hardware Specs & Price

Motorola Defy (2021) is the renaissance of the rugged Moto smartphone 11 years later. The 2010 Defy featured an unusually sturdy case, and the 2021 model was not inferior in terms of durability.

Moto Defy (2021) was created together with the British company Bullitt Group, specializing in shock-resistant smartphones. This entry-level device has received the military grade MIL-STD-810G. Unfortunately, apart from reliability, the smartphone is no longer impressive: we get a 720p LCD display, a Snapdragon 662 processor and a 48MP main camera lens.

For a phone for 50 thousand rupees, the characteristics are really weak, apparently, you have to pay for durability, and a lot. I tried to find out what else Motorola offers us, and I will share my impressions in the review.

Design and appearance

The 2015 Moto X Force and 2017 Moto Z2 Force were the company’s attempts to make a shock-resistant smartphone with a modern design, but this is not the case with the Motorola Defy (2021).

The appearance of the device immediately suggests that it was created for the most extreme conditions. The Defy is larger than the largest flagships like the Sony Xperia 1 III , and at 232 grams, the Moto smartphone is heavier than the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. Although the thickness is not small, the camera module is flush with the back cover.

The protection of the case is provided by the TPU material, although it does not look very attractive, it copes with its purpose perfectly. The back cover is covered with a ribbed rubber layer for a more comfortable grip. There is a lanyard hole in the lower left corner, and the corners are rounded for added protection in case of falls. The case can be safely washed with soap or wiped with a disinfectant.

Other interesting features of Defy (2021) include a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top, and a fingerprint scanner on the back. On the right side of the case, you will also find a programmable key, configurable via the Mototalk app.

Smartphone protection

The Motorola Defy (2021) defense is really well implemented. The smartphone can withstand a drop from a height of 1.8 meters onto a concrete surface, and only a barely noticeable mark will remain on the case.

Not surprisingly, the Defy has military-grade MIL-STD-810G protection, which means it’s been tested and tested to withstand low or high temperatures, heavy shocks and extreme conditions. Moreover, Motorola and Bullitt took care of the reliability of the internal components. The smartphone comes with a reinforced board that is not afraid of falls.

Of course, there is also a degree of protection against water and dust – IP68, which means that Defy is completely protected from dust, sand and can withstand immersion under water to a depth of 1.5 meters for 35 minutes. This degree of protection is often found in ordinary smartphones, but not in the segment under 50 thousand rupees.

Another advantage of the model, which Motorola focuses on, is the ability to withstand extreme temperatures. Even if you spill boiling water on the gadget, just wipe it off and continue using the phone as if nothing had happened. According to the manufacturer, the smartphone will withstand constant temperature drops from -25 ° C to 75 ° C for 30 minutes – this is really impressive.

The screen is also protected

Anyone who has repeatedly dropped a smartphone on a hard surface knows that the screen is the most sensitive part of the device. Therefore, the front of the Motorola Defy is protected by 0.7 mm Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

Even if your gadget falls on a concrete surface, even scratches will not remain on the display. That’s what military-grade protection means. But, for all other characteristics, the screen is not impressive at all. This is a 6.5-inch LCD panel – although the diagonal for a shock-resistant smartphone is large, an LCD for a smartphone under 30 thousand seems to be a disadvantage today.

The brightness is also lacking, which is a clear disadvantage for a phone designed for use in the most extreme conditions. But, the main problem with Defy (2021) is the resolution of 1600 × 720 pixels, that is, HD +. This is not enough even for a smartphone for 15 thousand rupees, not to mention 30 thousand. Moreover, the protected AGM X3 and Doogee S88 Pro already have Full HD + , so there is no excuse for such a decision.

Although the refresh rate is 60 Hz, it is unlikely that anyone will buy a rugged smartphone for gaming and watching movies, so this is a minor drawback here. On the positive side, the colors of the display are accurate when the low resolution is not conspicuous when navigating the interface.

Moto Defy Cameras

As is the case with the hardware, the Motorola Defy (2021) cameras strongly resemble the analog in the Moto G9 Play.

We get the main sensor at 48MP, there is no ultra wide angle or telephoto lens here. There is only a 2MP depth sensor and a macro lens with a modest 2MP resolution. The front camera has an 8MP resolution, so the overall set is not very impressive.

The main lens is not the worst in practice, although you expect more from a smartphone for this price. If you enlarge the picture, you will notice low details – it is better to look at the photos on the smartphone screen. Good quality photos can only be obtained in good daylight.

Macro lenses on smartphones are rarely useful, and Moto Defy (2021) was no exception. I advise you to shoot at close range with the main lens – the resulting photos will be more successful.


Motorola Defy (2021) runs on the previous version of Android 10 OS, which is strange – Moto G50 and Moto G10 already have Android 11.

Apparently, this will change with the next update, because Motorola guarantees us two years of full security updates for Defy. But, while the smartphone is far behind modern standards.


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