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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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.