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Motorola DEFY+ Review

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Interface and Functionality:

Of course, Motorola could simply issue a Gingerbread update for the DEFY, but since it discontinued it, and replaced it with the DEFY+, original DEFY owners are obviously not getting the new stuff, at least not officially. Anyways, the DEFY+ does come with Android 2.3 preinstalled, and naturally, it's masked with the MOTOBLUR UI. The personalization isn't really bad, we actually find it pretty decent. Many icons have been redesigned, while the interface is full of other little tweaks like additional widgets, new graphical elements and options. For example, you can easily create app groups within the main menu, and then filter your apps by these groups.

Motorola DEFY+ runs Android 2.3 and it's masked with the MOTOBLUR UI - Motorola DEFY+ Review
Motorola DEFY+ runs Android 2.3 and it's masked with the MOTOBLUR UI - Motorola DEFY+ Review
Motorola DEFY+ runs Android 2.3 and it's masked with the MOTOBLUR UI - Motorola DEFY+ Review
Motorola DEFY+ runs Android 2.3 and it's masked with the MOTOBLUR UI - Motorola DEFY+ Review
Motorola DEFY+ runs Android 2.3 and it's masked with the MOTOBLUR UI - Motorola DEFY+ Review
Motorola DEFY+ runs Android 2.3 and it's masked with the MOTOBLUR UI - Motorola DEFY+ Review
Motorola DEFY+ runs Android 2.3 and it's masked with the MOTOBLUR UI - Motorola DEFY+ Review

Motorola DEFY+ runs Android 2.3 and it's masked with the MOTOBLUR UI



Overall, the interface is responsive enough, though you can witness some slight lag here and there. For the most part though, the new 1GHz processor ensures that you have a fluid experience while navigating around the interface or open applications.

In this version of its custom UI, Motorola has also placed its mark on core apps like Contacts, Gallery and Music. We're OK with the changes that have been made to the stock software. They are mostly graphical and don't mess too much with the functionality of the platform. The Calendar has been left unchanged from its stock Gingerbread version.

Phonebook - Motorola has also placed its marked on some of the core apps - Motorola DEFY+ Review
Calendar - Motorola has also placed its marked on some of the core apps - Motorola DEFY+ Review
Music player - Motorola has also placed its marked on some of the core apps - Motorola DEFY+ Review
Gallery - Motorola has also placed its marked on some of the core apps - Motorola DEFY+ Review

Phonebook

Calendar

Music player

Gallery

Motorola has also placed its marked on some of the core apps



One of the more significant custom capabilities of the handset is the Social Networking app. Its name speaks for itself – the purpose of the application is to let you keep track of updates from all of your social networks and other communication. The supported services include Facebook, LastFM, Twitter, Picasa, Photobucket, Flickr, LinkedIn and YouTube. A nice feature of the app is that it allows you to update your status on all networks simultaneously. Furthermore, Motorola has designed a dedicated widget for the Social Networking app, which displays your latest updates right on the homescreen. When tapped, the widget itself expands into a nice 3D view of your updates. It's a lot of added functionality, probably not all of which will end up being heavily used, but we're sure that it'll find its fan-base. When it comes to typing with the on-screen keyboards, the portrait one sure seems a bit cramped, and that's because of the dimensions of the display, as well as the design of the keyboard itself, which, we feel, tries to fit too many keys on the screen at once. The landscape option naturally provides a much more comfortable way of typing, although its key arrangement doesn't seem to be the most optimized one yet.

Social networking - Motorola DEFY+ Review
Status updates widget - Motorola DEFY+ Review
Motorola DEFY+ Review
Motorola DEFY+ Review

Social networking

Status updates widget

  


The internet browsing experience with the Motorola DEFY+ can be both satisfying and irritating. If you're wondering what makes this kind of a big difference, the answer is Flash. When your browser is set to load Flash elements, web page scrolling and zoom can get really unresponsive and choppy, especially if there are lots of such elements. However, if you have set Flash to load on demand, for example, the Motorola DEFY+ manages to provide a pretty decent browsing experience.

The browser on the DEFY+ handles flash content - Motorola DEFY+ Review
The browser on the DEFY+ handles flash content - Motorola DEFY+ Review

The browser on the DEFY+ handles flash content




Camera and Multimedia:

Motorola has made sure to customize the camera interface as well. We find the end result pretty decent, although we can't go as far as to say that it rocks. The company has taken the visual approach again here. For example, when choosing between different effects or scene modes, you are presented with a nice live preview of what the effect or scene will look like. 

Although colors looks natural on the pictures taken with the Motorola DEFY+, we're sad to report that the 5-megapixel snapper fails to capture any amount of fine detail. Generally, images look quite blurred. In addition, some of the brighter areas may appear overexposed.

The camera interface of the DEFY+ is pretty well customized - Motorola DEFY+ Review
The camera interface of the DEFY+ is pretty well customized - Motorola DEFY+ Review

The camera interface of the DEFY+ is pretty well customized


Outdoor samples - Motorola DEFY+ Review
Outdoor samples - Motorola DEFY+ Review
Outdoor samples - Motorola DEFY+ Review
Outdoor samples - Motorola DEFY+ Review

Outdoor samples


Strong - Indoor Samples - Motorola DEFY+ Review
Medium - Indoor Samples - Motorola DEFY+ Review
Low light - Indoor Samples - Motorola DEFY+ Review
Darkness - Indoor Samples - Motorola DEFY+ Review

Strong

Medium

Low light

Darkness

Indoor Samples



The camera is capable of recording video at the paltry resolution of 640x480 pixels at 24 fps,  and... what can we say – it's fine for a VGA video. You know, it can't be anything worth talking about.

The Motorola DEFY+ is a decent multimedia performer, for a mid-range handset, that is. You can easily play DivX and Xvid videos in up to 720p resolution, but MPEG-4 clips won't go beyond 800x480. H.264 is unsupported, but of course, all of this can be changed by installing a more capable third-party video player.

Motorola DEFY+ Sample Video:

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posted on 01 Nov 2011, 17:09

1. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2962; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


With the Atrix 2 only at 99 on contract, it's the obvious device to go with.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 19:51 1

2. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


But with the Defy, you can use it as a weapon to fend off your attacker. Try that with the Atrix 2.

I have my iPod Touch 4G encased with an Otterbox Reflex and I am willing to surrender my iPod Touch if need be.

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 00:30 3

3. Sniggly (Posts: 6938; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Finally! Finally someone recognizes how much better redesigned Blur is! All I've heard up until now is "new Blur is okay, but we're still not happy about it." No one mentions the added functionality or benefits or straight out bashes it. Thank you for acknowledging that the new Blur is actually pretty good!

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 23:15

6. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


Sniggly, I'm with you all the way, new blur isn't called blur anymore for a reason, I have the ATRIX 2 and I love the new motor experience, its much better than touchwiz.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 05:55

4. handicrapguy (Posts: 30; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)


Disappointed it only does vga video recording. With the upgraded cpu it should be able to handle 720p easily enough.

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 09:24

7. jakson0100 (Posts: 27; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I use the Moto Defy and the hardware device from Motorola is superb. However, most of my problems are with Android OS - Froyo. All things phone like call quality, speakerphone, screen are very satisfactory. BUT I do face issues with WiFi at times. Overall, I would give it a 3.5/5 = good . if you guys want some more info about motorola defy then you can approachhttp://www.motoask.com/motorola-defy-f42/

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Display3.7 inches, 480 x 854 pixels (265 ppi)
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 1000 MHz, TI OMAP 3620 processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.21 x 2.32 x 0.53 inches
(107 x 59 x 13.4 mm)
4.16 oz  (118 g)
Battery1700 mAh, 7.1 hours talk time

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