I’ve never really been a fan of anything “rugged” — all that heft and rubber tends to push me in another direction. However, the Motorola Defy for T-Mobile did spark my interest with its bright, sharp screen, nice size and shape, and the ability to swim. This was a strong seller for T-Mobile priced at just $100 on-contract (and $50 elsewhere). But according to TIMN, the Defy’s successor (being called the Defy+) will be more suited for T-Mobile’s betrothed than for the pink carrier itself, sporting AT&T’s 850 / 1900 / 2100 HSPA bands.
Specs aren’t too different from one Defy to the next, with the exception of two very important factors: that 800 MHz TI OMAP 3610 chip will be replaced with a 1GHz TI OMAP 3620, and the phone will ship with Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread. Camera, storage, and display specs remain the same. No word yet whether or not BLUR will make its way onto this one.
Obviously with that minor of a spec upgrade, the Defy+ won’t be a huge improvement from its predecessor, although it may fit in nicely on AT&T shelves. There’s no telling yet whether or not big blue will even pick up the phone, as its bands are also compatible with some Canadian carriers. Then again, AT&T has yet to pick up a nicely specced, ruggedized smartphone, so this just may be the one.