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?

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Motorola has kitted the Defy+ out with a fair few apps to help you get a lot out of it right from the start. Google Maps goes without saying, of course, but it is the extra apps that capture the attention. None are particularly new to us, but the combination is good to see and you can take or leave them, after all.

7 Digital is the online music store that'll be familiar to lots of people already. You can buy music through it and it's easy to search and use.

We quite like the Motorola Car Dock which gives you a big grid of shortcuts ideal for use in vehicle.

Motorola defy car dock

You also get a fitness app, cardio trainer, which when we launched it immediately wanted to update itself via the market. It might be a good introduction to using your phone for fitness, though it's probably not the app we'd choose for this function. One thing it does is give you a little notification icon of calories burned with a pull down information bar delivering a week's worth of data.

You also get a file manager, the Media Share app we've mentioned already for DLNA, and Motorola's rather nice Phone Portal. This lets you connect to a PC over Wi-Fi or USB and manage data in the phone including SMS, contacts, photos and files. It wasn't too happy about giving us full file transfer control over Firefox though - Internet Explorer seems to be its preferred browser.

Motorola defy phone portal

There's also a copy of QuickOffice for viewing but not editing Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. And a neat little task manager.

Motorola defy task manager

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
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
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 Address
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