Panasonic quit the western smartphone market for a while, but they decided it's time to give it another try with a 4.3" qHD Android smartphone, that also comes with a dual core 1 Ghz chip, and an 8 MP camera. The specs are don't like like some of the very best, and probably the most disappointing aspect is that it will still launch with Android 2.3, instead of Android 4.0. But, it also has some features that other phones don't, such as being waterproof and dust-proof.
As phones become indispensable in our daily routines, it's very important that they get the most protection possibly, including being safeguarded against dust, water, and perhaps more importantly, against breaking or shattering when you drop it on the floor or even on concrete.
It's hard to do all that, and still make the phones look very slim and with a good design, but it gets easier every year. Motorola proved that you can build a tough phone while still making it look reasonably good with the Defy, but I believe they can push things even further, and Defy 2 will probably look even better.
There are rumors that even the upcoming Galaxy S 3 will be waterproof, and we already know from a popular video from last year that it's a very tough phone, even though it's mostly made out of plastic and the Gorilla Glass display. The Panasonic Eluga will also push the market in this direction by being waterproof and dust-proof, all while being only 7.8mm slim, or just a little thicker than the Droid RAZR.