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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The Motorola Defy+ has good web connectivity credentials. With 802.11b, g and n support, as well as the ability to handle HSDPA downloads to 7.2Mbps – dependant, of course, on what your network is offering where you are, it shouldn't struggle to download or render pages. And thankfully we found that to be the case with Wi-Fi being particularly adept.

One of the things that annoyed us with the original Motorola Defy was that the web browser wasn't able to support Flash. Well, hippity do dah, here it does, and the sound quality is quite good too which helps with viewing embedded video.

Motorola defy flash support

However everything isn't great when it comes to the web. The 3.7-inch screen, with the same 480 x 584 pixel resolution as its predecessor, is only just about big enough for a lot of the web browsing we like to do. Full sized home pages aren't always easy to read.

Motorola defy techradar homepage full size

A double tap zooms in so that some detail can be read.

Motorola defy techradar homepage double tap zoom

Double tap to zoom in on some text and the reflow system comes into play – though you can lose images which aren't taken account of very well.

Motorola defy double tap zoom

Zoom in further using a pinching action and text reflow is lost altogether - at first. We found that if we swivelled the screen to toggle between wide and tall formats, reflow clicked back in. Go figure.

Motorola defy pinch zoom 1

Motorola defy pinch zoom 2

It is nice to be able to have multiple windows on the go at any one time, nicer still that you can just move between them with a quick tap on the menu button.

Motorola defy multiple browser windows

Tap a little icon to the right of the address bar and you can get to bookmarks, your most visited sites, and browsing history. This makes flicking about within the browser a speedy and efficient task.

Motorola defy browser shortcuts

All in all we found web browsing easy, compliant and, with the exception of that text reflowing glitch, comfortable. Just be aware that the small screen doesn't lend itself to easy text reading, or, indeed to streamed video watching.

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