Have this phone for 18 months.
-In fact it is good as a first smartphone. Also the waterproof is nice.
The problem is that, when you realize how good is to have a smartphone, you notice how slow and irritating this phone is.
Tried many custom roms (including Xperia D 4.2 - the best for me), but they are slower that original SBF rom 2.3.5.
Conclusion: It is worth to spend more money and get a great smatphone.
Go to XDA developers and their in device list find for Defy/Defy Plus.
Here s the link for CM 10.2 (4.3.1), still OS is not stable but usable.
Before installation you need to root ur device and need to install custom boot menu and recovery. Before flashing ur device take a nandroid back up.
Zoref, 15 Oct 2012Have been using for 6 months. Worth it. Fast and smooth.
Currently running on jellybean custo... moreHi dude ,
I want to install latest version of Jelly bean can you guide me ..., send me some clear links or video. that works 100 % sure.
thanks in advance,
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It is a really poor phone. I suggest you not to buy this phone at all! The ram is just 512 mb! I've been using this phone and it hangs way too much! If you've a little sweaty fingers or wet fingers, and if you tap anywhere on the screen, it keeps on tapping there! I was so shocked at its slow speed! Even home and menu hangs and get forced close! Not even a little heavy application can be handled by the phone because it has a lot of default apps that are already running and consume way too much ram! I suggest you to look up for some other phones even rooting doesn't help and moreover, it is a risky thing to do.
Adrian1993, 18 Oct 2013Its easy to root this phone. There is many topics about it. But I don't suggest flash a ics ro... moreI do not agree... actually the cm 10.1 and 10.2 are faster and better on this device also they are much more stable. The Ram is more then enough and if you need more speed you can overclock the cpu up to 1,4 Ghz without any trouble. It is a texas instruments processor so it will not overheat. I've upgraded all the defy series I used the Defy and the Defy +. One thing I cann tell you for sure: Overall this is the best phone you can get (if you upgrade the software of course cause the original sucks bigtime).
Its easy to root this phone. There is many topics about it. But I don't suggest flash a ics rom and above on this phone, because is just to slow and weak. I suggest to flash a cm7.2 rom is pretty fast. :)
Anyway the phone is really good. Im using it more than one year and its still waterproof. :D Only what I need to do is change the battery for new one. And the system is not stable any more, I notice that phone is restarting a few times per day. Phone is good, but need more RAM and a bit faster processor.
can someone plz tell me how to root my phone step by step, without breaking my phone its great and all but im stuck with this ***jellybeen 2.3.6 PLLLZZZ
Ramesh, 25 Sep 2013Can some one please post the battery model number for Motorola defy + battery for defy + you can HFX5
Unfortunately Motorola has crippled the Defy + by not updating it to Jelly Bean. However, if you care to take time and work on it, it's possible to flash it to Jelly Bean. And the Defy + becomes a pleasure to use with none of that Motorblur bloatware. Enjoy!
Ramesh, 25 Sep 2013Can some one please post the battery model number for Motorola defy + The battery is a HXF5, model:L-L-L DC110920
Odd Model number I know...
I love this phone, it is thousand times better than the samsung galaxy fame !!!!!! But i see that lots of people don't know how to use it :-(
This device looks old and locked with its android 2.3.6 and motoblur (lots of apps and games don't work on it), but i assure you, if you know how to root it and to install a custom recovery on it (ex : CWM), you will be able to flash it with one of the latest custom firmwares to unlock everything on this phone, and even boosting its capacities:
Better cpu work, good ram managing, extra battery life and better photos quality.
For those who understood me, try the "Xperia D 4.2" custom rom after rooting it and you will see what i am talking about ;-)
The best and most enjoyable low-cost smartphone I have ever had ^_^
gorilla glass was worst it cant survive a 3 foot fall on my defy plus and camara is blurry
How do I root my phone,,,,,, it's unlocked whenever I root it would it affect the unlock,, and can I go back to gingerbread 2.3.6 if I don't like it,,, why can't I get fm radio to play threw the speakers
Is there a new Android version for this phone I'm running on a2.3.6 version help