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Motorola Unveils Milestone 2 and Defy Handsets


Motorola Unveils Milestone 2 and Defy Handsets

Motorola has added two new Android handsets to its roster, the Milestone 2 and the partially rugged Defy.

The Milestone 2 is the Euro version of the Droid 2, and is a high-end beast offering a 3.7in display with 480 x 854 resolution and a slide-out Qwerty keyboard, which Motorola claims is better laid out and easier to type on than the first model.

The Milestone 2 is powered by a 1GHz processor and has 8GB of memory built-in, which can be expanded on thanks to an SD card slot that can accept 32GB cards. The 5-megapixel camera can now capture at 720p.

Of keen interest to Android fans is the fact that the handset will ship with Android 2.2 ‘Froyo’, thus providing support for Flash 10.1 based content. You also get 802.11n Wi-Fi, it can function as a WiFi hotspot and it can even share media over a network thanks to DLNA support.

As a larger phone, it can accommodate a hefty battery, so it should be able to deliver its heavy feature loan for a decent amount of time.

The Defy meanwhile is a less powerful affair with a mere 800MHz CPU, 2GB of memory and only offers Android 2.1, but its selling point is that it's billed as being ‘dust-proof’ and ‘water-resistant’. According to Motorola it exceeds the IP67 standard - so can handle being submerged in water for up to 30 minutes, which should prove handy if you like to phone or surf in the bath.

Both phones sport Motorola’s MotoBlur social networking and contact stream syncing interface.

Motorola said that both handsets will appear in the fourth quarter of the year, but was not forthcoming with prices, so on that front we’ll just have to wait and see.

Link: Motorola UK


September 1, 2010, 7:48 pm

I wouldn't touch Motorola after with their recent treatment of their UK devices like the Dext and the Milestone. I mean how hard can it to update a phone you have already updated for other markets???


September 1, 2010, 8:20 pm

and yet they still haven't released the Droid X anywhere other than USA? THAT's the one I might be interested in... were I not very happy with my N900 still...

Certainly looking forward to what delectable devices might be out come the new year... dual core 1.3GHz+ and Native 720p display resolutions (Gingerbread?)


September 1, 2010, 8:47 pm

What is wrong with the Defy's screen in the picture? Let's hope it's just an issue with Photoshop and not indicative of it's (lack of) resoloution/quality/clarity.

Geoff Richards

September 1, 2010, 8:51 pm

Rav - some overly zealous JPG compression on that image it seems. I have uploaded a cleaner version for your viewing pleasure.


September 1, 2010, 9:57 pm

i'm pretty sure that the Defy is the android handset i've been waiting for. all the current 3.5"/3.7"/4" screened phones are larger than they need to be, with a large bezel area all round and an largely unnecessary trackball/optical pad.

i have just been onto the motorola website and the defy measures 107x59x13.4mm with a 3.7" screen. compared that to the 3.7" nexus one/ HTC desire at 119mm x 59.8mm x 11.5mm which is currently one of the smaller large screened android handsets.


September 2, 2010, 1:15 pm

8GB of memory - hmm. But wait, my N900 has 32GB as standard.....

Roll on the N9 with Meego - looking forward to seeing that....

Having teased the Fandroids, yes I could go with this (although I'm with @ChaosDefinesOrder, and completely happy with my open N900 (running Nitdroid when I want to play with Froyo).


September 2, 2010, 3:20 pm

I also like the idea of a smaller handset which retains the large screen, but I wouldn't risk buying anything that sports an 800MHz processor with Android 3.0 just around the corner. If the rumoured hardware requirements are true, this wouldn't make the grade.

Martin Daler

September 2, 2010, 6:19 pm

The Defy looks interesting, IP67 and all. Finally a decent phone which you can take to the beach and surf in the er..., in the surf.

Where did you get the IP67 detail from, no mention on the Moto website? They just coyly mention dustproof, water and scratch resistant without putting a number to it.

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