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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When we first saw it we were pleased with the original Motorola Defy, linking its toughness and it social media features. Several months on Motorola may think it has revamped the Defy well, but we aren't so sure.

The Chassis is unchanged, as is the overall size. Over the last six months handset sizes have become larger and arguably a 3.7 inch screen is borderline minimal size if you are to make the most of a smartphone.

Moreover, inside, while there have been some upgrades, much remains untouched. The Defy was wow-worthy, but the Defy+ is in many ways just more of the same.

We disliked

The camera is not a star feature, and a max video resolution of 640 x 480 is really too low to pass muster – though we did have fun with both fast and slow shooting modes.

The inability to link contacts across different social networks is an unbelievably bad error. We hope Motorola puts this feature, which was in the original Defy, back or we'll consider the Defy+ rather hampered.

The screen is a bit small for truly visually rich social media activity these days, and Motorola does itself no favours by sometimes using some truly tiny icons that are difficult to hit accurately.

We liked

The Connected Media Player continues to wow us every time we see it. It's a clever conflation of on board and online service that we really enjoy using.

An extended battery is noteworthy, though it is still only really good for a day between charges. We do like the battery management features, though.

The rugged features undoubtedly give this handset a lift, and should help it withstand bumps and knocks.


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. We'd almost suggest that if you want a Defy you plump for the older model – it'll be cheaper and you won't be losing out on a great deal.

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