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If I asked what comes to mind when I say that Motorola built a water resistant, rugged, touchscreen Android phone, whatever you imagine will be bigger and less classy than the Motorola Defy. It's the coolest looking rugged phone I've ever used, and it definitely defies expectations.

Motorola Defy  

Unlike the Motorola i1 for Sprint / Nextel's iDEN network, the Motorola Defy is much more slim and a bit smaller, and it also features fast HSDPA networking. It packs a very high res display. At 854 x 480 pixels, it's comparable to Motorola's Droid phones on Verizon Wireless.

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The phone seemed responsive and quick in the brief hands-on time I had. I was expecting more lag and delay with the durable, water resistant screen, but that wasn't the case. It wasn't the snappiest Android phone I've used, but I didn't have any trouble getting around.

Best of all, though, is the look of the device. It isn't an Army surplus reject or a trailhead gadget. It's more like a submersible car from a Roger Moore James Bond movie. Mostly sleek and lightly curved, but with some exposed bolts and protruding caps.

I asked Motorola if I could dunk it in a bucket of water, but they refused. Their booth at CTIA is carpeted, after all. I'll just have to wait for the full review to get this phone soaked.

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