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?

Motorola Defy+
This is the upgraded model of the original Motorola Defy

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Motorola has kitted the Defy+ out with a fair few apps to help you get a lot out of it right from the start. Google Maps goes without saying, of course, but it is the extra apps that capture the attention. None are particularly new to us, but the combination is good to see and you can take or leave them, after all.

7 Digital is the online music store that'll be familiar to lots of people already. You can buy music through it and it's easy to search and use.

We quite like the Motorola Car Dock which gives you a big grid of shortcuts ideal for use in vehicle.

Motorola defy+ car dock

You also get a fitness app, cardio trainer, which when we launched it immediately wanted to update itself via the market. It might be a good introduction to using your phone for fitness, though it's probably not the app we'd choose for this function. One thing it does is give you a little notification icon of calories burned with a pull down information bar delivering a week's worth of data.

You also get a file manager, the Media Share app we've mentioned already for DLNA, and Motorola's rather nice Phone Portal. This lets you connect to a PC over Wi-Fi or USB and manage data in the phone including SMS, contacts, photos and files. It wasn't too happy about giving us full file transfer control over Firefox though - Internet Explorer seems to be its preferred browser.

Motorola defy+ phone portal

There's also a copy of QuickOffice for viewing but not editing Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. And a neat little task manager.

Motorola defy+ task manager