We’re only just back from Las Vegas where we saw the latest tough phone from Motorola, the Defy Mini, but just days later the company has announced the launch of the even tougher Motorola Defy+ JCB.
We’ve already seen phones from JCB with pretty tough credentials and phones from Motorola with similar tough credentials. Now the two have come together to produce a phone to rule them all.
The Motorola Defy+ JCB features a toughened exterior which has been designed to withstand whatever construction workers can throw at it. To this end, the phone features a “patented visco-elastic protective sleeve.”
Like the Defy Mini, which featured an outdoor dashboard to help those using the phone outdoors, the software on the Motorola Defy+ JCB has also been tweaked. You’ll find a range of toolbox apps pre-loaded on the phone, including a digital spirit level, a torch app (using the camera’s flash), a decibel meter and unit/measurement converters.
There is also a theodolite app included. And while we’re sure you all know what theodolites are, for the couple of people who may have forgotten, they are the tripod-mounted surveying instruments used by quantity surveyors on construction sites.
Outside these additions, the phone itself is similar to the Motorola Defy+ with a 1GHz processor, Android 2.3 and a five megapixel camera on the rear. It will cost you £259.99 contract free and we’re waiting to hear which networks will be carrying the Defy+ JCB.
Victoria McManus, UK marketing director, Motorola Mobility said: “We’re thrilled to be working with JCB on this bespoke Motorola DEFY+ device. The unique protective sleeve will pull on JCB’s years of expertise in the construction industry to help us reach a new audience who we know are in need of a life and work proof handset.”