After a bit of a wait, the rugged Motorola Defy Pro is now available at Rogers for free on a three-year contract, or $274.99 if you're going month-to-month. As you might expect, the Defy Pro is just as tough as its predecessor, the Motorola Defy, except it has a QWERTY keyboard. The specs are about in line with the pricetag, which is to say that they're on the lower end. Here's a run-down.
2.7-inch 320 x 480 HVGA display with Gorilla Glass
Android 2.3 Gingerbread
1 GHz processor
5 megapixel camera with LED flash and front-facing VGA camera
1700 mAh battery, 12 hours continuous use time, 13.5 days standby
IP67-certified (totally protected against dust, protected against immersion between 15 cm and 1 m)
The Motorola Defy Pro still isn't showing up in the Rogers online store, but I'm sure it'll pop up soon enough. In the meantime, there's plenty of information at Motorola Canada. Personally, I'm excited to give this a shot. There aren't a whole lot of Android phones with good QWERTY keyboards in a portrait orientation, nevermind ones that have any amount of ruggedization. The last one was the Motorola Admiral, and it never found its way up here to Canada.
Anyone thinking of picking this up? I'm looking at you, BlackBerry refugees. Is Gingerbread a dealbreaker?