Motorola is not advertising their IP-67 rating. They never use the word "waterproof" (using "water resistant" instead) and advice against taking the Defy for a swim.
And rightly so. I'm sure a new Defy will survive a bath, but after you've opened the USB port cover a hundred times or so I doubt that it will still keep the wet stuff out.
If they claim it has an IP-67 rating, then the rating itself indicates what the handset should be able to withstand. As you may know the "6" means the phone is totally protected against dust ingress. The "7" in the table represents the phone as being protected against short periods of immersion in water.
If Motorola knows the phone can't do that, it should quash the statements by reviewers making such claims. However Motorola does refer to the Defy as being durable, which is relative since they never allude to what they're comparing it to.
Motorola does NOT claim that the Defy has an IP67 rating and the documentation that came with the phone doesn't mention it at all. Not a word on IP67 on Motorola's own site either.
The IP67 story sounds like a rumor that all the blogs copy from each other.
Well of course it's urban legends started from the blogs and reviews. But Motorola does call the phone rugged and I am not sure where they get that from as well. The HTC G2 appears more durable than the Defy.
Bought my defy 4 months ago, in Australia, as a rural phone, terrible rural reception with friends having no problem.. (telstra stopped advertising it as such) Last week the ear speaker packed up,, only speakerphone now... occasionally screen freezes and miss a call..... Have never had access to my google account,, On home computer, m.google.com to phone it says "not valid phone number" IM gmail has never worked... I've had a google account for a year.. I thought this was a world phone... No Proof of Purchase so I'm stuck....... very unhappy.......
I have a defy as a backup for my main phone (iPhone 4), if you plan on doing outdoor stuff in the rain and dirt etc its a good choice. The update to 2.2 went very good and now its a T-Mobile hot spot for wireless tethering with that update. Note bad really its been thrown in piles of junk, cables, connectors etc in my backpack and there is not even a scratch. The thing looks like new after 6 months.
and as others have said, i have never seen an IP67 rating, although its clear from the marketing that its water resistant. I did dunk mine with it new and it survived a long bath in a pitcher of water.