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Motorola Defy+ review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £228
inc VAT

The Defy+ has the same great screen, camera and rugged build quality of its forebear, and adds better performance and battery life and a much-improved Android OS


Android 2.3, 3.7in 480×854 display

Shots taken with the camera are clear and colourful, with little noise as long as the scene is well-lit, which isn’t a problem with the LED flash. Video is limited to VGA resolution (640×480), but it’s clear and colourful and handles low-light conditions well – sadly, you can’t activate the flash while recording to use as a video light. Video was much smoother than we’re used to seeing from a phone camera, with very little judder when panning.

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Physically, the Defy+ is identical to the Defy, and as long as you remember to firmly close the rubber caps over the headphone and micro-USB ports, it should be water resistant to one metre and dust-proof. The screen is made from Corning Gorilla Glass, and as well as being scratch-proof, it seems to shrug off greasy fingerprints, making it smooth to scroll across the home screens. Storage is adequate, with over 1GB dedicated to app storage space, so you should never have to worry about being able to install a new app. There’s a microSDHC card slot for added room.

With better performance, longer battery life and countless small improvements to the operating system and software, the Defy+ is a worthy successor to the Motorola DEFY, and if you shop around you can also find get it for free on a £20-per-month, 18-month contract, making it excellent value and a worthy Best Buy winner.

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Price £228
Rating *****
Award Best Buy


Main display size 3.7in
Native resolution 480×854
CCD effective megapixels 5-megapixel
Flash LED
Video recording format 3GP
Connectivity Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB
GPS yes
Internal memory 512MB
Memory card support microSDHC
Memory card included 0MB
Operating frequencies GSM 850/900/1800/1900, 3G 900/2100
Wireless data EDGE, HSPA
Size 107x59x13mm
Weight 107g


Operating system Android 2.3
Microsoft Office compatibility Word/Excel/PowerPoint/PDF viewers
Email client POP3/IMAP/Exchange
Audio format support MP3, AAC+, WAV, WMA, AMR-NB
Video playback formats MPEG4, H.264, WMV
FM Radio yes
Web Browser Webkit
Accessories headset, data cable, charger
Talk time 6.8 hours
Standby time 9.9 days

Buying Information

SIM-free price £228
Price on contract £20-per-month, 18-month contract
SIM-free supplier
Contract/prepay supplier

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