Motorola DEFY Apple iPhone 4

Motorola DEFY vs Apple iPhone 4

Motorola DEFY

Reasons to consider the DEFY

3.5G, Google Android 2.2 (Froyo)
Multitasking Runs multiple apps at once Yes vs No Switch between running apps, surf the web while talking on skype for example
FM Radio Built-in FM radio Yes vs No Listen to your music and news from your favorite radio stations wherever you are
Screen type Bright, vivid screen TFT LCD vs LCD Brighter and more vivid colour reproduction
Standby time More standby time 16.7 days vs 12.5 days More than 30% more standby time, less frequent charging
Weight Slightly lighter 118 g vs 137 g More than 10% lighter
Apple iPhone 4

Reasons to consider the iPhone 4

3.5G, Apple iOS 4.3.1
Internal storage Much more internal storage 32 GB vs 1.953 GB Around 16.5x more internal storage, which means more music, photos and movies
Screen PPI Higher PPI screen 329 PPI vs 263 PPI Around 30% crisper display of text, images and video
Thickness Thinner 9 mm vs 13 mm More than 30% thinner
App store More apps available iPhone App Store vs Android App Market The iPhone App Store has over 500,000 apps vs 400,000 (around 30% more)
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 960x640 vs 854x480 Around 50% higher resolution screen
Movie format Higher resolution movies 720p @ 30fps vs 480p Shoots high resolution HD (720p) video
Size Smaller 59×114×9 mm vs 59×107×13 mm Around 30% smaller
Talk time More talk time 14 hours vs 6.6 hours More than 2x more talk time per battery charge


Common Pros and Cons

Compared to recent cellphones

Pros Cons
Screen PPI Sharp display of text, images and video
iPhone 4329 PPI
Multi-touch Both support multi-touch
Intuitive gestures such as pinch to zoom
GPS Have assisted GPS
Assisted GPS
Wifi Both have fairly fast wifi support
802.11n (150 mbps)
Touchscreen type Touch sensitive screens
Easy to use with your fingers
compatibility-score Works with many headphones
App store Many apps available at their app store(s)
DEFYAndroid App Market
iPhone 4iPhone App Store
Camera resolution Capture very high resolution images
5 MP
App store Both have an app store, makes it easy to add new games and programs
DEFYAndroid App Market
iPhone 4iPhone App Store
Numeric keypad Neither has a numeric keypad
Its often harder to dial numbers with a touch screen or keyboard

Compared to recent smartphones

Pros Cons

We're not aware of any interesting pros shared by these two products.

Keyboard Neither has a physical keyboard
No keyboard
Bluetooth Not the latest bluetooth support
Processor Less powerful processors than average, less snapiness and responsiveness
DEFYTI 3610, 800 MHz
iPhone 4Apple A4 A4, 800 MHz


Motorola DEFY Apple iPhone 4 Apple iPhone 4 Motorola DEFY Apple iPhone 4


Which phone do you like, and why?

Showing 17 comments

Joe_prog (8:58 PM, June 28, 2012)
uh, this is a silly comparison. 1. Defy has an SD slot, iphone doesn't. 2. Defy has cheaply (and fairly easy to replace) replaceable parts (screen, glass, battery), iphone doesn't, 3. 3rd party mods like Cyanogen have upgraded the OS in the Defy to Android 4.0 (which I think is a little better than IOS at this point) and the mods are FREE. 4. As a party trick, I drop my Defy in a glass full of water. Try doing that with an iphone...5. To reiterate 2, I can carry spare batteries in case I don't have access to a charger or AC, iphone doesn't have this ability. 6. iphones are for old ppl. My dad and his wife (old ppl!) both just bought iphones.
Beawaltz (5:49 PM, May 09, 2012)
I love the iPhone it easy to use.
Dr Pants (4:49 AM, April 12, 2012)
Cyanogen Mod 7 turns your Defy into an iPhone 4 killer. It also open up many features that the stock standard phone did not originally have, plus more speed. Alos it is a third the price of a CRIphone. Do the math.
Avatar for Yossi Cohen Yossi Cohen (11:59 PM, March 12, 2012)
i have the defy and it is clearly better than the iphone... i am running android 2.3.5 (cm7) rom and i am at the default clock of the processor(motorola underclocked it to 800mhz i am on 1ghz) this phone is amazing! any hiccup i had so far was only cos of unoptimized android app...(usually iphone ported apps) but there are some apps where the defy wins the iphone greatly!(can knowdown 2 works way better on the defy than on the iphone 4 so as PSX emulation: defy- 60 fps iphone- 12fps)

the smothness of the iphone is because the ui is in higher priority than the actual loading and processing. the iphone may "feel faster" but believe me it is not!
and if you put goodly optimized apps on the defy it will run as smooth as the iphone!(use launcher pro boat browser etc).
and you gotta remember the ios is much more lightweight than the android hence it is smoother!(try ilauncher on the defy to see that...)
the defy has much better build quality and battery life and it does not heat up too much(you can easily go up to 1300 mhz or even 1500 but don't... just keep the nice 1ghz)
however the touch digitizer on the iphone is a bit better but the defy is more sensitive to touch.
the navigation buttons on the defy gives you much more control(dunno what to do? just press menu!) while the iphone lacks them.
they both are great but while the iphone is ready out of the box the defy is utter shit out of the box but has more potential if you know how to use it!

iphone= for people who are lazy and don't care much about personalization and modding and about having a nice phone...
android(defy)= for power users... means you have to mess with it so it works great for you... but eventually you will have a much comfy phone with more options to do...

i wont ever go to iphone.... (well unless they do some changes... i AM open minded)

stuff for trial: try and run the full youtube site on an iphone... now pinch to zoom a couple o times what you get is a nice stuck iphone.... now do the same on an android phone... it works perfectly fine!(not 60 fps like the iphone but it is faster! so as the scrolling... it is faster) why? iphone cach the site as an image so every zoom it got a whole new site to cach hence it freezes.... android just renders the page as it is!(vectoric graphics not cached images) hence it is slower but faster!
my advice? get a nice new shiny android phonewith dual core....
or just the defy....

ps: i have an ipod 4 and a defy.
swissman (7:43 AM, January 23, 2012)
apple want u to break your phone,u  to fork out 800$ for another new icrap...apple will never build a phone like the defy!
not in their interest you keep your phone forever , ahah!
Amit443322 (7:15 PM, October 06, 2011)
ya m buing it
the iz of it wz 17,000rs nav its for jus 13,000rS in indiawer compared to ass i phone4for 30 to 40 thousand
Pankaj Garg (10:39 AM, May 30, 2011)
Will buy Defy after reading all comments.
sensible (7:39 PM, May 28, 2011)
Defy is as fast as Iphone if you overclock your processor to 1,0 ghz and the gpu processor is only slightly worse than iphone's. And the price in my country new defy cost about 275$ and new iphone cost about 750$. Soooo...
Dsad (1:42 PM, March 04, 2011)
I've had an iPhone. Now I'm a proud owner of defy. And it is soo much better. Why pay more for a worse phone? Defy rocks
Bronnhys (11:34 AM, February 11, 2011)
Thanks for the reviews, have been deciding between a Defy and Iphone... and Defy is the answer
steven chua (4:56 PM, February 06, 2011)
I love my Defy too. It is a greate phone. I had been suffering for those fake smartphone as iphone & so on. Because, they are not smarter than Depy in term of life proof protection. Defy 3.7" screen, Waterproof, Dustproof, Damage proof, and Scratchproof gorilla glass.
Yes, I agreed that whole point of the Motorola Defy is by far the better phone.
We don't even think about jail break the phone like iphone in order to get some free stuff.
Hurrey! Android Smartphone - Motorola Defy is the best.

steven chua (4:54 PM, February 06, 2011)
I love my Defy too. It is a greate phone. I had been suffering for those fake smartphone as iphone & so on. Because, they are smarter than Depy in term of life proof protection. Defy 3.7" screen, Waterproof, Dustproof, Damage proof, and Scratchproof gorilla glass.
Yes, I agreed that whole point of the Motorola Defy is by far the better phone.
We don't even think about jail break the phone like iphone in order to get some free stuff.
Hurrey! Android Smartphone - Motorola Defy is the best.
Mildred (1:19 AM, February 04, 2011)
I got my Defy about two days ago... I used to sell mobiles phones and every now and again one would come along that is just awesome. The Defy is truly awesome.. Yeah the display may not be as crisp as the Iphone 4, but at least it won't be covered in scratches or crack when dropped. The processor may not be as quick, but everything runs nice and quickly anyway. The MotoBlur functionality is really nice, and although there arn't as many Apps, it will only be a matter of time before Android catches up and will probably overtake Apple... Anyway, how many apps do you need?!?!

I love my Defy because it is not only a great phone, but I've been getting 'angry' with people at work and keep throwing my brand new shiny phone into a jug of water.... The look on their faces!!! Priceless, bet you can't do that with an Iphone!!!
Tonyjohson (11:28 AM, January 29, 2011)
Make an i phone builder proof and I,ll get it listen apple lots of people on sites need features but need more durable phone
Hakim Achour (6:39 PM, January 26, 2011)
Defy is cheaper than an iPhone 4
Bradley (9:21 PM, January 25, 2011)
I have just broken my i phone 4 and am looking for better replacement - am i on the right lines with the Defy. Please can you explain the apps store to me.
Nicholas Cornwell1 (6:24 PM, January 18, 2011)
I think you need to add the facts listed below for the Defy over the iPhone to be a little bit more acurate,
Defy 3.7" screen - 3.5" iPhone
Waterproof - Not iPhone
Dustproof - Not iPhone
Damage proof - Not iPhone
Scratchproof gorilla glass - Not iPhone
I think the last few are really the whole point of the Motorola Defy I have both and the Defy is by far the better phone.