When it first debuted, the Motorola Defy wasn’t exactly the phone you would excitedly fall in line for. It was a genuinely capable phone at that time. It’s not a form of flagship, but it’s also certainly not an entry-level model. It had a 3.7-inch TFT panel covered by a 107 mm long and 13 mm thick body. The Gorilla Glass coating has also covered its 854 x 480 screen, making it more resistant to the occasional scratches and bruises.
The Motorola Defy had internal specifications that were decent enough for the average user when it first became available to consumers. It had an OMAP 512MB RAM chipset. Running it was the slowly rising Android 2.1 from Google.
The Defy, however had one innovative feature, amid all these mediocre features for the time. It was the first Android phone to be immune to water.
Motorola Defy: How did this gain resistance to water?
Typically, electronics and water aren’t best friends. The former still attempts to stay away from the latter as far as possible. However, several times, it comes to mobile devices where your handset can not stop getting soaked or worse, completely immersed in water.
Do you remember the time it rained heavily and you were a little afraid that your phone may have been soaked because your pockets were wet? How about the moment when you jumped into the pool excitedly only to note afterward that you took your phone for a dip with you? Today, many of us don’t bother to get our phones wet or submerged at all, particularly if it’s just for a short time.
Manufacturers rushed back in the day to have water-resistant products. Some concentrated on making gaming phones or as dedicated camera replacements, but Motorola aimed to solve a fundamental cell phone ownership issue. It’s a little fragile still. Consumers expected something more reliable. And Motorola gave Motorola Defy to the world.
It had a ranking of IP67 to be precise. This means that without the risk of water getting inside the unit, the phone can be submerged in a meter of water for up to 30 minutes. Through using practical solutions, Motorola was able to do this. They fitted rubber plugs into the audio jack hole and USB port. However, bear in mind that these plugs should be inserted correctly for the water-resistance to work. To prevent dust and moisture from seeping through the removable backplate was sealed tightly.
The method of Motorola then was, objectively, straightforward. However, as many phone manufacturers soon introduced their own water resistance models, it delivered the findings. Although Samsung debuted its Xcover series, Sony Ericsson introduced its Xperia series.
Speed forward to today
For most telephones, water resistance is now a standard feature, especially for flagship models. In offering the right solutions, manufacturers have gone far. Getting non-removable covers ensures that there is a solid and rigid whole device. To further increase the water resistance of modern products, water-resistant coatings and adhesives are also used.
We have no phone to thank for any of these, excluding the Motorola Defy.