Just what we’re looking for. A scratch, dust and water resistant Android smartphone

Motorola has just announced the Defy, a 3.7in (854x480px) 800MHz Android 2.1 device that tougher that most others.

The Gorilla Glass protected Defy can withstand not only scratches and drops but is also dust and water resistant up to a depth of up to one metre for up to 30 minutes. On top of that, the outdoorsy Defy also comes with Motorola’s rather good CrystalTalk PLUS technology incorporating a dual-mic setup effectively canceling out unwanted ambient noise and boosting the caller’s voice to deliver clear calls in noisy environments.

Other interesting items on the Defy’s hardware list include a 5Mp camera with flash (though no word on it can do 720p videos), 512MB RAM with 2GB on board memory and 2GB MicroSD included in the box. The Defy can take cards up to 32GB giving it a 34GB storage potential.

We don’t know about you guys but there’s always something about rugged phones that make us want to go out and get one. Having a phone that can take the spills, drops and knocks of day-to-day use and then some is a definite plus in our books.

Although there’s no official word on pricing yet Motorola did say that the Defy will be in Europe within the last quarter of this year. With the Defy, we actually like what we see, and if the performance of the Moto Droids are anything to gauge this new device by, then we sure hope Motorola Malaysia brings this in.