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 camera on the Motorola Defy+ shoots stills at resolutions to 5 megapixels, and there is a single LED flash to help with low light shooting. There's no side button to launch the camera software, and you shouldn't expect a great deal by way of sophistication.

There are several effects: black and white, negative, sepia and solarise are joined by red, green and blue tints. There are also some preset scene modes: portrait, landscape, sports, night portrait, sunset, macro and steady shot.

Perhaps more interestingly there's a widescreen shooting mode, and in video, fast and slow motion shooting.

Defy camera sample 1

Early on a winter morning can be a difficult time for camera phones but the Motorola Defy+ copes fairly well. The sky is over exposed, but the water is handled quite well.

Defy camera sample 2

On auto shooting mode the movement of water here is captured nicely and this is an acceptable photo

Defy camera sample 3

When we take the same photo using widescreen mode you can see how much more width there is to the shot. There are times when this shooting mode could be handy for framing a photo just right

Defy camera sample 4

Macro mode shooting doesn't let you get in quite as close as we'd like, but the results can still be quite impressive

Defy camera sample 5

Indoors the camera responds quite well as long as there is a fair amount of ambient lighting

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