New Motorola Waterproof Defy+: Samsung’s Xcover Rival

When we think of hard-wearing, rugged, outdoors surviving electronic devices, we picture chunky thick indestructible looking gadgets. The sort of thing that could be smothered in camo gear, held by individuals with undergrowth smeared on their faces to hide them from the enemy. The words ‘tough’ and ‘smartphone’ do not really go hand-in-hand; usually substituting the ‘tough’ wording for ‘delicate’ would be more fitting.

Things are starting to change though, as we recently found out after reporting on a new offering from Samsung giving them a new model smartphone offering a tough exterior, with the spec and style of a high-end device. Called the Galaxy Xcover, this handset offered accessory case, gives levels of protection with the added benefit of Samsung’s popular Galaxy base.

Well it seems that Samsung isn’t the only one able to front the strong smartphone market; Motorola has stepped up to the plate and revamped one of its own devices, the Defy. According to Engadget, the Motorola Defy became popular across the globe, due to its relatively stylish looks coupled with its ability to withstand being submersed in water for ten minutes. They also pointed out how awkward it can be to design a handset that packs this sort of protection and still remains the right side of acceptable in the looks department.

Being as though Motorola had the perfect setup it would seem the ideal option would be to update and improve the current model, and this is exactly what the big M has done. So lets welcome the Defy+, with its IP67 certification and Gorilla Glass along with super strong internals and spec’d up firmware. There are some similarities to the previous Defy but with the outgoing models track record this can only be a good thing.

So what do you get for your money with the new version? Well as Recombu reports, the Android 2.3 Gingerbread device will hold a 3.7-inch screen when it erupts into Europe this autumn. There will also be a 5-megapixel camera assisted by auto-focus and flash, along with faster processing power from a 1GHz chip, giving 25 per cent quicker speeds. Other improvements come from 2GB storage with an expandable memory up to 32GB via microSD card and pre-installed Adobe Flash Player 10.

But really for those that are in the market for a phone of this nature, the part you want to hear about is the dustproof, Corning Gorilla Glass, 3.7-inch screen, backed up by the water and scratch resistant housing. These words alone paint a picture of rugged reliability and an unbreakable image.

As of yet we are still waiting for some firm images of the Defy+, but it should be safe to say that it will strike a passing resemblance to the original Defy. All that is left to do is wait and see who else in the smartphone world will release a Rambo style device. Could Apple join the party with a super tough version of the iPhone 4 or 5, or could we also be seeing hardcore tablets slipping on to store shelves? Give us your thoughts.