Motorola Defy Plus


An improved version

The Defy+ Plus is Motorola’s improved version of the last year’s model with the same name, but without the plus. Actually, the “+” is not a reference to a social network, but the clue that it comes with extra features. Let’s see which these extra features are in this test performed for the phone review!

TI OMAP3610 processor

The new interface is now improved and works fine in our test, it doesn’t have uncommon features but their absence was somehow uncomfortable. For example, you can now customize the shortcuts on the bottom of the page, which used to be fixed for calling, apps menu and contacts. Also, the background in Contacts is now white, from black, and more pleasant for the eye. You can make groups now, in Apps menu and Contacts, meaning you are freer now to customize it to your own needs.motorola-defy-plus

3.7 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen

The aforementioned processor has 512MB of RAM, while the storage memory is 2GB, expandable to 32GB with the microSD card.

The Motorola Defy Plus sports a 3.7 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with 480 x 854 pixels, protected of scratches by a Gorilla Glass. The display comes with all known features, like the accelerometer, proximity sensor, multi-touch input and touch sensitive controls.
Thanks to the Gingerbread, Gmail, YouTube, Google Calendar, GTalk and many other Google apps are available on the device. Defy Plus doesn’t lack a camera, this is a 5 megapixel one, positioned on the rear, can capture 2592 x 1944 pixels, and features Autofocus, image stabilization, LED Flash and geo-tagging.

Waterproof and dustproof

As you can see by yourself, the Defy Plus doesn’t really have anything to complain about, although it’s not the most perfect of the smartphones. But it has been designed in such a way to please our latest requires.
However, the best of it hasn’t been told yet. Motorola Defy+ is waterproof and also dust proof. It can stay underwater between 1minute and 30 minutes and it can be thrown in the sand. With its sturdiness, we can say it’s a hard to break toy.

Changed battery

What is again different from the old reviewed model is the battery life, although not a very significant change. The Defy+ comes with a 1700 mAh model, while the other had a 1500mAh model.
Because it’s waterproof, the 3.5mm headphone jack on the top is covered, as well as the others, of course. Also on top there is the power button, while on the left there’s the Micro-USB port and on the right the up and down volume buttons. The bottom has nothing on.

Some speed problems

Changing between the maximum of 7 screens is smooth, meaning that the processor serves well the device. However, we have noticed some delays in our tests while using the so-called multi-touch keyboard. Apparently, its multi-touch feature doesn’t work that well, as sometimes gets stuck on one key. If you like speed typing, this might be frustrating, but otherwise the keyboard is very nice displayed, and works both on landscape and portrait.

We like the fact that Defy Plus is tougher than other handsets. The Gorilla Glass is a relief, when you want to throw it in your bag or pocket next to other stuff, like your keys for example.

Review conclusion

There is no question at the end of this review about it that Motorola Defy Plus is a good smartphone, but as these things evolve these days, it won’t be long until its new boosted features get old.

Technical specifications

Form FactorSlate
General2G NetworkGSM 850 MHZ, 900 MHz, 1800 MHZ, 1900 MHZ
3G NetworkHSDPA 900 MHZ, 2100 MHZ OR HSDPA 850 MHZ, 2100 MHZ OR HSDPA 850 MHZ, 1900 MHZ
Phone availabilityRelease dateOct-11
Announced onAug-11
ProcessorTypeTI OMAP 3620
Resolution5mp (2592×1944)
DisplayColors16.8 million
TypeTFT capacitive touchscreen
Size3.7 inches
Resolution480×854 pixels
Internal2 GB
Card SlotmicroSD, up to 32 GB, 2 GB included
OSTypeAndroid 2.3
Connectivity & DataEDGEClass 12
HSCSDHSDPA 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 2 Mbps
WirelessWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n; DLNA
USB2.0 microUSB
GPRSClass 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
Bluetoothv2.1 A2DP EDR
BatteryTypeLithium Polymer
Standby Time384 hours
Talk Time7 hours
Capacity1700 mAh
DimensionsHeight107.0 mm (4.17 inches)
Depth13.4 mm (0.52 inches)
Width59.0 mm (2.30 inches)
Total weight118 grams (4.1 ounces)

  1. Bold 9790 at 7:46 am

    I cant hear Motorola anymore, I think they cant compete enough at marketing war. IMHO Just my two cents opinion.

  2. Eduardo at 3:18 pm

    There is a mistake on the review. The processor is the same, Texas Instruments OMAP3610, but the old Defy (without plus) was released with it UNDERCLOCKED! The default speed of OMAP3610 is 1Ghz!!!