Motorola Defy

A rugged phone that does not look like a monster

Android 2.1 | water and scratch resistant | 5 mp camera

Price: Rs. 18990

To make the phone water resistant, a lot of latches and covers have been added, including one for the USB port that also charges the phone.

To make the phone water resistant, a lot of latches and covers have been added, including one for the USB port that also charges the phone.

Mobile phones these days are almost indestructible, at least for the duration of their warranty period. And the warranty nowadays is not too bad when it comes to  covering most unforeseen events that could possibly afflict a mobile phone.

But there is one critical eventuality that lies beyond this seemingly perfect safety net. If the phone ever gets near water, neither its sturdiness nor the warranty will be able to help you out. Worse, even the data inside a wet phone is as good as lost.

But that was before the Motorola Defy. This Android 2.1 phone is not special because it is encased by its protective Gorilla Glass. It is special because Motorola declares it to be water and scratch resistant. So just like a wristwatch, it too can go to the pool, or even a beach party.

The Gorilla Glass does what skins and cases did for mobiles in the old days: it protects them from scratches and smears.

Its 3.7 inch edge-to-edge screen is a regular TFT that supports resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. While it looks good, you will have to hold the TFT bang in front of your nose to get a good look. There is also a 5 megapixel auto focus camera with an LED flash, and an 800 MHz processor that does seem to slow down sometimes.

While it is a really rugged phone, it does not look like it is related to the lunar rover, thankfully. Its back cover is made of a soft-touch material, and it feels nice to hold.

To make the phone water resistant, a lot of latches and covers have been added, including one for the USB port that  also charges the phone.
However, while this phone can survive water, it is no good while submerged. It can be operated only with its capacitive screen (it has no other buttons), which is incapacitated under water. So, while its camera (and other functions) may work under water, there is no way you can hit the click button down there.

CASIO WK 7500 @ RS. 24,995

The WK 7500 is one of the most -awaited updates to Casio’s line of music keyboards. Its piano-style keyboard comes with 800 built in tones. But if you want more, you can add 100 of your own choice to this already huge database. You can do that with its USB port or the SD Card slot. It has nine sliders to control things like volume, pan and reverb. There is a drawbar organ function to let you access 50 preset drawbar settings, so that you can produce those perfect lows and highs on demand, with its built-in 7 watt stereo amplifier (7 + 7 watts on each channel). I have to add, though, the sound reproduction on the WK7500 is better than on the previous versions.

VICTORINOX AIR BOSS 2011 (Price on Request)

The Air Boss from Victorinox is a Swiss-made, self-winding movement encased in steel. This 2011 avatar, at 42 mm diameter, is slightly smaller than its predecessors. Because it is a Victorinox, it is not jewellery-it’s just an instrument that’s been created for very specific needs. It tells time, clearly and accurately. To make the display clearer, its numerals, markers and hands are luminescent. The sapphire crystal is triple coated with anti-reflective treatment, and the watch is water resistant up to 100 meters.

The above review appeared in the Open Magazine, Issue 47, Volume 02, Dated 28th February 2011