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Motorola Defy+ review

Motorola has updated its deceptively solid Defy ready for the Christmas smartphone buying frenzy – but has it done enough to make us want one?

The Motorola Defy+ is aware of social media, and can tap into all manner of online accounts. But it left us rather disappointed. First off, when you initially switch the handset on you are encouraged to set up a MotoBlur account.

Motorola defy  motoblur account login

While you can skip out of Motoblur setup doing so isn't a good idea. You can pull in contacts from the likes of Facebook and Twitter, but you can only log into those accounts after you've set up a Motoblur account. Here's what you get to set up without a Motoblur account...

Motorola defy  accounts without motoblur login

And with a Motoblur account...

Motorola defy  with motoblur login

When you've logged in to the likes of Facebook and Twitter, the contacts app in the phone is automatically populated. But it took my handset an hour or so to pick up photos and full data for everyone I have contact with.

The worst part of all is that I couldn't see how to link contacts from the two sources. That feature seems to have gone AWOL though it was present in the original Defy.

This means if you want to contact someone through Facebook or Twitter you'll have to remember the name they're set up with on the network you want. It also means that when you view contact history, you only get partial data.

When you tap Contacts on the handset you get a full list of everyone (unlinked). You can put contacts into groups so you can message them collectively, which is a plus, and there's a search tool in the dialler.

Motorola defy  contacts

For making voice calls you can nip into the dialler and start tapping away, and there's smart dialling so matches start popping up as soon as you begin to tap. There's only room to display one match at a time, but if you tap on the number found indicator, all the matches show through.

Motorola defy  dialler

Motorola defy  matches found

If you tap on a contact's photo at any time in these screens you get little tappable icons offering a range of ways to contact them. The number of options is dictated by the contact info that's stored about them. If you don't have an email address you won't get an email icon, for example.

Motorola defy  contact methods

You can also put specific contacts and quick tasks relating to them on a home screen, but you can only select two options from their range of social media, voice and SMS contact options, so this is a bit limited.

Motorola defy  quick contacts

While we didn't have any problems with call quality, and found the smart dialling tool easy to use, we felt that Motorola had missed several tricks when it comes to integrating social media strands together. If anything this made our job of getting in contact with our chums harder than it should have been.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory1 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value1.09 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD, microSD High Capacity (microSDHC)
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameMotorola
Battery Talk Time6.80 Hour
Product ModelDEFY+
Screen Size9.4 cm (3.7")
Screen Resolution480 x 854
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)118 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Processor ManufacturerTexas Instruments
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density265 ppi
Height107 mm
Width59 mm
Depth13.4 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time237.60 Hour
ManufacturerMotorola, Inc
Product NameDEFY+ Smartphone
Processor Speed1 GHz
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberSM3368AP5B1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.motorola.com/uk
Marketing Information

Take lifeproof to the next level with MOTOROLA DEFY+ - speedier, smarter and more capable of delivering the rich entertainment experiences you've come to expect. Don't worry - it's still water and scratch resistant (and dustproof too), but now runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) for faster videos and TV on demand.

Limited Warranty1 Year