Motorola has integrated TuneWiki and ShoutCast radio in the media player so other than listening to your own music, you can even stream music, share what you’re listening to with others, etc. There’s no equalizer preset unfortunately so the sound quality can’t be tweaked. It’s pretty good by itself, but we wished the volume level was a bit higher.
Media option could have been better
The video player can only handle 480p MP4 videos. Moboplayer can extend the format support but you won’t be able to play 720p video.
The Defy XT535 is a quad-band GSM phone with full support for 3G as well. You have enough storage room for all your media and apps. With regards to connectivity for those on the go, the DEFY XT has plenty to offer. It’s equipped with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth with A2DP support, and USB 2.0 for starters. Wi-Fi capabilities have been enhanced with Wi-Fi direct, DLNA for media streaming, and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality so you can share its 3G connection.
Browser is a bit slow despite the 1GHz CPU
There are plenty of extra apps like DashBoard, FileBrowser, Lantern, Media See, MediaServer, NotePad, RingMode, Quickoffice Lite and RingMode.
The 5MP camera is lifted straight from the previous Defy+, which wasn’t that great to begin with so the same story continues with the new XT as well. You have all your standard tweaking options like scene modes, etc. but the picture quality is below average. Even in good lighting conditions, photos lack a lot of detail and there’s a lot of noise seen in dark areas. The flash doesn’t really help much either and simply overexposes the subject if it’s a macro, else it’s too weak to illuminate a small area.
Camera is just not up to the mark
Video recording maxes out at 480p. The video quality is pretty average as well so nothing to shout about over here. There is now also a front facing VGA camera for video calling, something that was missing from the Defy and Defy+.
The DEFY XT is very capable of providing users with a better than average battery life. You’ll easily get a full day’s usage out of this handset without a charge required unless you’re consuming Wi-Fi or videos more frequently than anything else. But you’re assured at least a full work day. For some reason, Motorola has fitted a slightly smaller capacity battery in the Defy XT; 1650mAh instead of the standard 1700mAh.
Verdict and Price in India
You can find the Motorola Defy XT535 for Rs.15,000 which makes it a bit expensive, especially since it’s not all that different from the Defy+ (which is now cheaper) apart from the front facing camera. Also, there are better phones in this price range such as the Sony Erccisson Live with Walkman, which might have a smaller screen but is a lot better in terms of performance. This is still one of the cheaper IP67 certified phones in the market but the overall performance and features is quite a let-down, so we wouldn’t really recommend you buy this.