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Motorola DEFY+ review

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The Motorola DEFY+ currently has an Informr score of 6.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 8 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Motorola Defy+ was announced in August 2011 and released approximately 60 days later. It has all the features that made the original Motorola Defy a success, along with several major design improvements. It is available in both black and white.

The Defy+ is considered as one of the most rugged smart phones on the market. It is waterproof up to 1 metre in depth for up to 30 minutes, dust damage resistant, and scratch proof. Yet it is not overly thick or unwieldy unlike most other rugged phones. Specialized dual-microphone technology filters out background noise and amplifies your voice to make it easier for the person you are speaking with to hear you even in the busiest of environments.

It has a 3.7-inch LCD touchscreen display, LED notification light, and Motoblur, a new Android program that makes communication through email, text, and social networking easier. It also has a 5-megapixel camera that can capture both images and videos. However, it lacks a front-facing camera for more accurate self-portraits or video call applications.

It has an expandable memory card slot that supports microSD cards up to 32GB, which is useful because it only has 2GB of internal storage. Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS is the default operating system, and the phone can connect to 2G, 3G and Wi-Fi networks.

The Motorola Defy+ runs on a speedy 1GHz processor, as opposed to the slower chip found on its predecessor. And yet battery life is better on it, proving that it is indeed a worthy successor to the original.

Need to Know: Motorola Defy+

1. The phone has an extremely rugged design that is both water and dust resistant. (The Good)

2. Offers up to 12 hours of battery life on a single charge. (The Good)

3. Not 4G network compatible. (The Bad)

4. Very limited internal memory. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
3.7"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Stuff

Need a phone to take scuba diving? Or maybe you're just congenitally clumsy? Either way, the Defy+, the update to 2010’s Defy, is for you. Unlike most rugged phones, this one is clever enough to be called a smartphone, with a 1GHz processor at its heart.

- Stuff Team, Stuff
TechTree

In a nutshell, the DEFY+ works well as a basic calling and messaging phone and is great for people with butterfingers. However, it falls short of in terms of multimedia capabilities. Overall, considering its superior build quality, the phone offers good value for money.

- Kamakshi S, TechTree
tech2

All in all the Motorola DEFY+ is a good buy. However, we’re not too sure if it’s going to overly impress users of the original DEFY as it’s just a minor upgrade in terms of processing power.

- Karan Shah, tech2
Pocket-lint

The Defy+ is an odd one. It's rugged, there's no denying that. So logically, if you need a rugged phone, then this might not be a bad choice. But that's a long way off a recommendation from us, because frankly, there's so much other stuff that's unsatisfactory about this phone, that it actually...

- Ian Morris, Pocket-lint
The Inquirer

We would sum up the Defy+ as ‘okay'. It's a reasonable mid-range phone but its only stand out feature is its durability. It's a great choice if you want a phone that will last a long time and be able to take a day-to-day battering. However, this is a very niche market and means that an alternative,...

- Chris Martin, The Inquirer


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Motorola released the DEFY+ on September 15, 2011.


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Motorola backs up the DEFY+ with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
3.7"

The Motorola DEFY+'s screen size is 3.7 inches with 480 x 854 pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a TI OMAP 3620 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
2 GB

Internal memory is 2 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1700mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 1700 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 16 days standby time.

Motorola DEFY+ Specs

Overview
Release date September 15, 2011
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
EDGE, HSDPA, HSDPA 7.2, HSUPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 2.3 Gingerbread

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Processor TI OMAP 3620 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 2 GB
RAM 512 MB
ROM 1 GB
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.09 W/kg
Body: 0.58 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 1700 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 16 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Graphite gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.7 x 5.9 x 1.3 cm (4.2 x 2.3 x 0.5 in)
Weight 118 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design Yes
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 854 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3.7 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Multi-touch input method, Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Swype
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail, Yahoo Mail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
UMA Support Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Image stabilization
Video Recording Formats
3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
QVGA (320 x 240 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WMA
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments 2GB microSD card included
Water and scratch resistant and dustproof
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Critic Reviews


Stuff

When it comes to rugged phones, there’s none smarter nor faster

from Stuff

Need a phone to take scuba diving? Or maybe you're just congenitally clumsy? Either way, the Defy+, the update to 2010’s Defy, is for you. Unlike most rugged phones, this one is clever enough to be called a smartphone, with a 1GHz processor at its heart.

Read full review

Need a phone to take scuba diving? Or maybe you're just congenitally clumsy? Either way, the Defy+, the update to 2010’s Defy, is for you. Unlike most rugged phones, this one is clever enough to be called a smartphone, with a 1GHz processor at its heart.

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TechTree

A rugged droid for the adventurous types

from TechTree

In a nutshell, the DEFY+ works well as a basic calling and messaging phone and is great for people with butterfingers. However, it falls short of in terms of multimedia capabilities. Overall, considering its superior build quality, the phone offers good value for money.

Read full review

In a nutshell, the DEFY+ works well as a basic calling and messaging phone and is great for people with butterfingers. However, it falls short of in terms of multimedia capabilities. Overall, considering its superior build quality, the phone offers good value for money.

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tech2

Audio quality is superb, fast processor, excellent battery life

from tech2

The Motorola DEFY+ is priced at Rs. 19,490 (MRP) and Rs. 17,990 (MOP) which keeps it in the same price bracket of the Xperia Active. Besides the 720p limitation and relatively less vivid display, the DEFY+ covers all departments pretty well. It's a rugged phone and the build quality is second to...More

The Motorola DEFY+ is priced at Rs. 19,490 (MRP) and Rs. 17,990 (MOP) which keeps it in the same price bracket of the Xperia Active. Besides the 720p limitation and relatively less vivid display, the DEFY+ covers all departments pretty well. It's a rugged phone and the build quality is second to none. Drop it, wet it, scratch it, and it will still survive. All in all the Motorola DEFY+ is a good buy. However, we’re not too sure if it’s going to overly impress users of the original DEFY as it’s just a minor upgrade in terms of processing power.

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Pocket-lint

Survives minor abuse, cheap as chips, great screen

from Pocket-lint

The Defy+ is an odd one. It's rugged, there's no denying that. So logically, if you need a rugged phone, then this might not be a bad choice. But that's a long way off a recommendation from us, because frankly, there's so much other stuff that's unsatisfactory about this phone, that it actually makes us a bit cross....

More

The Defy+ is an odd one. It's rugged, there's no denying that. So logically, if you need a rugged phone, then this might not be a bad choice. But that's a long way off a recommendation from us, because frankly, there's so much other stuff that's unsatisfactory about this phone, that it actually makes us a bit cross.

The resetting happened too often to be a one-off glitch. We haven't installed anything that could justify this, and we weren't doing anything complicated at the time. For a phone, this is just unforgivable. We don't like it when our PC crashes, but when a phone does, it's just infuriating.

Factor in the slowness of the phone, and really there's a phone that has very little to offer apart from being baby proof, and small enough to carry around easily. We could forgive it, but when you remember that most contracts now last for 18- or 24-months we can't imagine living with this phone for that long. We, after all, get to give it back after a couple of weeks. If you want something small, get the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray. If you want something rugged, then perhaps get a good case for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray.

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The Inquirer

Tank-like durability, decent screen, good battery life

from The Inquirer

We would sum up the Defy+ as ‘okay'. It's a reasonable mid-range phone but its only stand out feature is its durability. It's a great choice if you want a phone that will last a long time and be able to take a day-to-day battering. However, this is a very niche market and means that an alternat...More

We would sum up the Defy+ as ‘okay'. It's a reasonable mid-range phone but its only stand out feature is its durability. It's a great choice if you want a phone that will last a long time and be able to take a day-to-day battering. However, this is a very niche market and means that an alternative, more exciting handset likely will suit most people better.

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Know Your Mobile

A robust smartphone with decent power and an excellent display

from Know Your Mobile

So what’s our conclusion about the Defy +? Well, we think it’s a decent enough handset and the little extra pep granted by the operating system upgrade is a welcome addition. We’re just not sure it warrants the £213 and upwards price tag, though.
Don't get us wrong, the screen is gre...More

So what’s our conclusion about the Defy +? Well, we think it’s a decent enough handset and the little extra pep granted by the operating system upgrade is a welcome addition. We’re just not sure it warrants the £213 and upwards price tag, though.
Don't get us wrong, the screen is great, the performance is good and the interface is easy to get to grips with. It's just there are nicer Android smartphones around for similar money.

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Recombu

A resilient, tough touchscreen phone that does the basics

from Recombu

Like the Motorola Defy before it, the Motorola Defy+ is a resilient, tough touchscreen phone that does the basics. However it’s by no means the quickest not the most stable of phones out there. It won’t appease the tech-heads who want raw power, high end video and gaming credentials, but we i...More

Like the Motorola Defy before it, the Motorola Defy+ is a resilient, tough touchscreen phone that does the basics. However it’s by no means the quickest not the most stable of phones out there. It won’t appease the tech-heads who want raw power, high end video and gaming credentials, but we imagine that casual gamers will be happy with what the Defy+ can download from the Android Market. If you're the type of person forever dropping your phone on the floor, in the sink or spilling drinks over it, then the Defy+ is a nice sell from this angle. We gave it a pretty rough going over and it shrugged off everything we threw at it. So this is perhaps the perfect phone for the perennially clumsy.

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PhoneArena

Usable and well-packed in terms of features

from PhoneArena

Overall, the Motorola DEFY+ is not a bad smartphone by any means. What makes it a valuable offering though, is the fact that it's an IP67-certified device, designed to withstand some harsher conditions than what your typical handset is used to. Aside from the obvious advantage of being able to su...More

Overall, the Motorola DEFY+ is not a bad smartphone by any means. What makes it a valuable offering though, is the fact that it's an IP67-certified device, designed to withstand some harsher conditions than what your typical handset is used to. Aside from the obvious advantage of being able to submerge it under water and throw it in the dust, without a single particle entering its shell, the DEFY+ is also quite usable and well-packed in terms of features. The MOTOBLUR interface looks good, brings some additional goodies for social networking freaks, and runs relatively smoothly. What more can you want from a mid-end smartphone? It even has Flash Player support in the browser, although that leads to a visible drop in frame-rate.

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