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Motorola DEFY+ Review

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Motorola DEFY+ Review
Thankfully, the Motorola DEFY+ proved to be a good performer in terms of call quality. We were pleased to hear some sweet tones through the earpiece, which also had a pretty decent loudness associated to them. The microphone could be a bit better though. While it does capture your voice strongly enough, it also makes it a bit unclear, so if you have a habit of talking very fast, the person on the other end of the line might have a bit of trouble understanding you at times.

Carrying a 1700mAh battery in its backpack, the DEFY+ will provide you with an average battery life of 7.1 hours of talk-time and 16 days of stand-by, in exchange for a full charge.


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.

As you can imagine, there aren't that many alternatives to a rugged Android smartphone on the market. The offerings that we advise you to check out are the Samsung Xcover and the Sony Ericsson Xperia active, which also come with their own personalized software experiences.

Software version of the reviewed unit: 
Android 2.3.4
Build 4.5.1-134_DFP-823

Motorola DEFY+ Video Review:


  • Rugged design
  • Very compact


  • Could be a bit faster
  • Below average camera
PhoneArena rating:
7 Good
User rating:
8.8 4 Reviews

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posted on 01 Nov 2011, 17:09

1. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; 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: 2000; 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: 7305; 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: 467; 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
Single core, 1000 MHz, TI OMAP 3620 processor
0.5 GB 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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