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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?

Our Verdict

We wanted to be very impressed by the Motorola Defy+, but in the end the update just doesn't do enough to get us going.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 1 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 6.80 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 854

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For

  • Cleverly rugged
  • Battery management options
  • Impressive power longevity
  • Media is well presented
  • Low cost

Against

  • Poor camera
  • Small screen
  • Unable to link contacts
  • Tiny icons

One of the things we really liked about the original Motorola Defy+ was its connected media player, and it is back here delivering a similar level of delight. The clue to its brilliance is in its name. Connected.

Motorola defy+ connected media player

So, you can get lyrics for songs which show up, line by line, as the music plays for a bit of bus karaoke.

Motorola defy+ lyrics

But as you'll notice from the above picky, the handset completely failed to pick up album art from our microSD card.

Online services also run to finding music videos for the currently playing track and artist, and there's a general YouTube search feature too.

Integrated into the music player there are also some online community features such as TuneWiki and manual artist/track/phrase lyric search. SoundHound song identification is here too, and both an on board FM radio and SHOUTcast internet radio are included. Music needs are sorted, then.

Motorola defy+ fm radio

On the video side the Motorola Defy+ played what we threw at it including MP4, WMV and AVI. There was no jerking, and the sound quality was good too.

You've got DLNA for streaming and we had no trouble setting this up to grab music, video and pictures from our PC.

Motorola defy+ media share

Overall, though, the screen is a bit too small for serious video watching for any length of time.

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
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log, Caller ID, Call Timer, Call Waiting, Fixed Dialing, Call Forwarding, Conference Call
Pixel Density265 ppi
Height107 mm
Width59 mm
Depth13.4 mm
Radio TunerYes
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