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The Motorola Defy (2021) currently has an Informr score of 7.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 6 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review


The Motorola Defy won’t win any awards or top benchmark charts, but if you work in construction or another heavy-duty field or you’re looking for a phone to explore the outdoors with this phone would be an option that provides adequate enough performance with heaps of durability.

What's good

  • Good design
  • Rugged
  • Lanyard works well
  • Two-year warranty

What's bad

  • Quality doesn’t match the value
  • No protective flap over charge port
  • Older version of Android

The Motorola Defy claims to do just that--providing a rugged smartphone experience without feeling like a brick (or performing like one). We know it’s tough, but is it worth using?


The design on this phone aims to be virtually ordinary despite its rugged features. While reviewers felt that the plastic matte backplate wasn’t quite as posh as other phones, nothing about it said it wasn’t just your average smartphone.

Reviewers submerged the phone in a glass of water and dropped it from standing height into a puddle, and it continued to work without issue.

The only design concern centered around the lack of flap or cover for the charge port for protection. If you’re using the phone around water, be sure the port is good and dry before charging and watch out for grit and sand.


Gorilla Glass protects the 6.5-inch, 720p display in case of drops and dings. The graphics are not great. However, this is a smartphone designed for utility, not necessarily gaming and social media. So it will do for reading text, checking maps, or even watching the occasional video, but it will never blow you away.


Performance reviews are tricky and depend on what you’re looking for in a phone. This isn’t a phone with high-end specs. When it comes to swiping the screen up or down, for example, reviewers noticed the occasional slight stuttering and lag. It’s not going to run the latest games at full tilt either.

But it has more than enough power for communication essentials like phone calls, emails, and social media. And it will do some of the fun stuff too. The phone will just never do it as well as higher-end phones.

Software & Storage

The phone ships with Android 10 installed and a promise of three years of updates. This means it should see Android 11 eventually. While the Motorola Defy initially comes with 64GB of space, there is an open expansion slot for microSD storage if you’d like to use it.


The camera’s primary lens is 48 megapixels, which is average these days at best. Around the front, you’ll find an 8-megapixel selfie camera with just enough detail to support video chats. Overall, reviewers agree that the phone won’t win any photography awards. Still, if you’re looking for a camera that slips in your pocket and can handle the elements with ease, it’s an excellent option.

Battery Life

Reviewers didn’t mention anything good or bad about battery life. However, being a 5000mAh battery with a lower-end chipset and lower-resolution display, the phone should have zero trouble lasting a full day and likely hits more than a day on a single charge with light-to-moderate usage.


The Motorola Defy has a single down-facing speaker with decent enough volume and also includes a headphone jack at the top.

Specs at a Glance

  • Plastic chassis
  • 3.7-inch capacitive display
  • Qualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662 processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • Android 10 with guaranteed updates to 11
  • 64GB of storage with an option for expansion
  • 48 Megapixel camera and 8 Megapixel selfie lens
  • 5000mAh battery
  • Lanyard for portability and hands-free use.

Bottom Line

The Motorola Defy won’t win any awards or top benchmark charts, but that doesn’t mean the phone doesn’t have a place.

If you work in construction or another heavy-duty field or you’re looking for a phone to explore the outdoors with this phone would be an asset. It’s also affordable enough for casual phone users who are tired of replacing dropped phones.

Tech Radar states, “The Defy is not your everyday rugged smartphone. Motorola and Bullit have teamed up to deliver a mobile that should appeal to a wide audience beyond the traditional consumer market. Just make sure that you are aware of its limitations.”

CNet says, “There's plenty to like about the Moto Defy: it offers a good smartphone experience with Android and protects itself from the bumps, knocks and splashes of everyday life with its rugged casing. What's really won us over is the extra attention paid to the phone's multimedia, both in capturing and in playback.”

Operating system
Screen Size
48+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


The Defy is somewhat in its own category. It combines a good user experience with the durability of rugged phones for a price that might sound too much at first glance but is a bang for your buck if you’re on the lookout for such a device.

- Aleksandar Anastasov, PhoneArena

The Motorola Defy (2021) is a decent looking and nicely tough phone with just above entry-level performance and lower mid-range price. And while you can find better performers in the niche you would still be paying a class above for it, pushing the overall spending significantly higher.

- GSMArena
Tech Advisor

The Motorola Defy lives up to its classic branding with an extremely tough yet surprisingly easy to live with handset that doesn’t cost the earth, but with inevitable compromises.

- Jon Mundy, Tech Advisor
Expert Reviews

The Motorola Defy is no ordinary handset. It’s hardy and rugged, it can take one heck of a beating and, if that’s the sort of phone you’re looking for, then there’s no better place to spend your money. It has decent battery life, too, and looks that set it apart from most rivals. Whether you decide...

- Nathan Spendelow, Expert Reviews

The Motorola Defy is an excellent phone for someone who needs the three pillars of ruggedisation: drop-proofing, water-resistance and a wide operating temperature range. Its price is entirely reasonable, battery life is good and the use of Gorilla Glass Victus is particularly noteworthy.

- Andrew Williams, TrustedReviews

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Common Questions

Motorola backs up the Defy (2021) with a 2 Years parts & labour warranty.

If your Defy (2021) has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Motorola support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Motorola's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The Motorola Defy (2021)'s screen size is 6.5 inches with 720 x 1600 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662 (11 nm) Octa-core processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 11 operating system (OS).

48+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 48+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

64 GB

Internal memory is 64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 512 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 5000 mAh battery.

Defy (2021) Specs

Release date June 25, 2021
Regions available United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
SIM card size
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 11

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Processor Qualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662 (11 nm) Octa-core
Internal Storage 64 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 2 Years
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Forged Green
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.98 x 7.82 x 1.09 cm (6.7 x 3.1 x 0.4 in)
Weight 232 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design Yes
IP Rating IP 68
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1600 pixels
Pixel density 270 pixels
Size 6.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Unknown
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 512 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Main Camera
ƒ/ 1.8
48+ megapixels
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, 2nd camera feature (2 MP, F2.4, Macro), 3rd camera feature (2 MP, F2.4, Depth)
Video Recording Formats
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
8+ megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.2
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Unknown
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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