Motorola debuts new smartphones

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Motorola debuts Milestone 2 and Defy in battle to gain traction in competitive smartphone market

Manufacturer Motorola has launched two new Android handsets as it continues to push for a stronger foothold in the competitive UK smartphone market.

The Milestone 2 (pictured) and the Defy were launched on September 1 and will be available in the UK before the end of the year. Motorola would not confirm which operators the phones will be carried by at launch.

The Milestone 2 will be shipped with the new Android 2.2 operating system. It has been further upgraded from the original Milestone with the inclusion of Motoblur, a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory expandable up to 40GB and Flash 10.1. It also has a 5MP camera capable of capturing high-definition video.

The screen is a 3.7-inch LCD display.

Mobile News was shown the Milestone 2 being used as a computer modem for accessing the internet, tethered to a laptop via USB. The device can also be used wirelessly to create a W-Fi hotspot to connect up to five devices across a 3G network, as well as being DLNA compatible.

The Motorola Defy comes with a similar specification although it will be shipped with Android 2.1, and is a fully touchscreen device.

Motorola said what sets the Defy apart from comparable handsets is that it is rated to IP67, meaning it is designed to withstand ingress of dust and can be immersed in water depths up to a metre. Motorola has also used Gorilla Glass to provide added protection to the touch screen.

Motorola marketing director Tom Satchwell said the Defy is not a ‘rugged’ handset nor a ‘toughphone’, but is instead ‘life-proof’.

He described a number of scenarios when the phone would hold up better than those not rated to IP67, such as taking it to the beach, spilling a drink on it, getting it wet during a rain shower or even dropping it down the toilet.

Satchwell said: “It’s a phone people don’t have to worry about. We hear all the silly things that people do to their phones and we wanted to created a device that was ‘2am-proof’ as that’s when these things seem to happen.”

Satchwell added the handsets are part of Motorola’s drive to establish itself in the UK smartphone market, which he described as “extremely competitive”. “We certainly want to establish ourselves within the smartphone space.

“We’ve got our work cut out, of that there is no doubt. We’ve delivered a range of products in the last 12 months, so we’ve come a long way but we’ve still got a way to go.”

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