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 connectivity options on the Motorola Defy+ are not to be sniffed at. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS are augmented with DLNA and that worked well for us. You can use the handset as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot and there's a little app to help you set that up.

Motorola defy mobile hotspot

HSDPA downloads max out at 7.2Mbps and uploads at 2.0Mbps. We've seen better, but in many cases you will find the available signal won't challenge the download max.

Battery life is always a bone of contention. Motorola has given the Defy+ a 1700mAh battery, beefing up the 1500mAh cell of the original Defy by a fair margin. Still, frugality is the name of the game. There's a faster processor to keep on track here (1GHz as opposed to 800MHz), for a start.

And to be honest we're sticking to the one day per full charge rule here. And you might struggle to get that, to be frank. On one occasion we left the Defy+ alone at about 4pm on what was a pretty much full charge. Wi-Fi was on, and it was running a SIM but nothing much else. When we came back at 9am the following morning the battery was down near 20 percent.

There's good news in the Data Saver which is in the Settings area of the handset. You can instruct it to alter the handset's behaviour if battery is low.

Motorola defy data saver

There's more good news in the battery modes you can configure and set. Switching between them can help eek out the power. You can even create a custom setting. Sadly you can only get the custom setting to kick in automatically at a pre-set time.

Motorola defy battery modes

Motorola defy custom battery saver

Finally, if you need to keep an eye on data usage, the Data meter will help you out.

Motorola defy data meter

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