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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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.

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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.