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iPhone 4 Rival Alert : Motorola Defy From £99.99

The Motorola Defy smartphone can now be had for £99.99 with an additional compulsory £10 topup direct from Orange (ed : the phone is currently out of stock at Orange Shop).

The phone comes with an ARM-based Cortex A8 chipset, a single core TI OMAP3610 clocked at 800MHz, 512MB RAM, 2GB onboard storage (with a microSD card slot & a 2GB microSD card), a 3.7-inch 854x480 pixel capacitive touchscreen display (with Corning Gorilla Glass), a five megapixel camera with flash and AF but no secondary camera.

Other features include Android OS 2.1 Eclair (with Motoblur user interface with Live widgets), Wi-Fi, DLNA, microUSB, Bluetooth and a 1540mAh battery (with up to seven hours talk time).

It was launched in October 2010 and Motorola says that it is dustproof, as well as water and scratch resistant, with a CrystalTalk PLUS dual microphone, intelligent voice amplification and noise filtering.

The Motorola Defy can be (officially) upgraded to Android 2.2 Froyo but unofficially hackers have updated the device to Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread. This is one of the best smartphones under £100 with the Orange San Francisco II being its main rival.

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