Great phone, but lets be honest, Defy+ is nothing more than a regular Defy. The CPU between the two is the same, the diference is that Defy+ runs at 1000Mhz while Defy's runs at 800Mhz, but it can be clocked at 1000Mhz, just like Defy+'s. Defy+ runs Gingerbread, while Defy runs Froyo. But then again, you can install Defy+'s Gingerbread on Defy (unnoficially, yes, but it can be done). The truth is, if you have a Defy, you can "transform" it into a Defy+. Motorola could have created a "real" Defy+ by simple adding a front facing camera to the handset. That way the "+" moniker would have been deserved.
I have had my Defy+ for 2 months now. I really love the small size of the defy+. Height and width very small for a 3.7" phone. I find it good for speed and the screen good too. The battery performance is good for me too.
It is however the most badly built smart phone I have owned. The micro USB slot is off centre and also is slightly larger than standard micro USB making cable other than the one that came with it not fit very well at all.
The volume button has come loose and rattles. The phone is meant to be somewhat waterproof but on my first mountainbike ride in the rain the back of the phone opened up (latch slid across) making being waterproof a bit of a farce.
Design wise the USB connection being on the side (and much lower than the volume control on the other side) is a pain for finding a car kit for it. Issue with design of latch on the back self opening too. The rest is great.
My only other issues have been the interface and software. Motoblur is very (incredibly actually) intrusive so I don't use it and did not register. Motorola go out of their way to try to deceive you into registering in the manual.
I don't use any Motoblur widgets because they are ugly even though this is a newer version of Motoblur. The launcher will not let you swap the software button link to apps even though there is a hardware button.
Worst contacts management I have ever seen because of they way it adds and merges new details. Really hard to look things up and you end up copying numbers onto paper and re-entering contacts so they are more usable.
I replaced the SMS software too as you can't resend a message that failed to send (no network etc) and it wouldn't even allow you to copy and paste properly. Cut and paste throughout like trying to dial a number in an e-mail is awful and Motorola drops numbers so again pen and paper may be required.
Overall I love the phone. I wish they had handed the design to another company though.
I am using Defy Plus from past 2 days, and believe me it lives up to its expectations. Really RUGGED mobile. It fell out of my hand from first floor to the ground(Marble Floor) and I thought that's the end of my new mobile. But it jus got a small dent on a corner and not other damage done :-) . Performance wise its OK and lags a bit in between. Touch sensitivity, UI and Battery life is really good. Overall its a good mobile to have and just hope that Motorola will release android Icecream Sandwich for this model......
bought this phone here in the Philippines for P17,000.00
i have tested it out in the shower and the pool and it is the same as xperia active EXCEPT for the Wet Finger Tracking. Moto Defy+ doesnt have it.
Also when playing the music and the phone gets splashed, the sound seems to stop then play again.
i havent tested dropping it yet but if its only protected by Gorilla rather than DragonTrail (xperia active) then i am hesitant to do so.
keyboard options only give you, on-screen qwerty and qwerty with swype thats it. no phone pad or any other alternatives.
the unit i got DOESNT have a front facing camera. video recording is still at VGA (640x480) EVEN after updating to 2.3.6 (from stock 2.3.4). i find that photos are a bit smudgy and grainy.
battery life is okay not the best but it will get you past the day of moderate usage. battery being used as stated on its package is "Lithium Ion Polymer" just incase any of you are wondering.
voice calls are very clear and loud either in-call or loudspeaker. when playing music though, the sound seems scattered but very loud. you wont miss a call even when outdoors believe me you will hear it even the SMS is loud itself.
no lags in terms for processor speed. download and streaming speeds are very good. signal reception is strong (compared to xperia active where there is usually Emergency Calls Only).
screen is good also "similar" to sony ericsson's brightness intenisty although colors are not as punchy as AMOLEDs but still very good. the high resolution helps a lot in terms of web browsing and movies.
that's all i cant think of for now :)
ps. i also own an xperia active (so as not to be biased) and kudos to those who also own one :)
rockstar, 06 Jan 2012is it worth the money?YES. Its worth the money. I bought 2 Defy+. 1 for me , 1 for my sister!
Great phone a great experience for this price range. I fully recommend fr an all round usage.
Hello guys, hope gsmarena reviews this phone soon.Was meaning to ask about the fact that in someplaces it has secondary camera, and about the probable hd recording, if it exists ? thank you , have a grrreat day
It is defy with android 2.3.where other provide update for their older phones why moto. making new model instead of providing update to defy?
my defy+ android version is 2.3.6 its the latest updated out of the box.......simply the best phone on the market.....moto all the way
i have defy already....!! giving it to my sis!!! planning to get defy+!!!!! will defy+ get ics update??? so damn confused between defy+/galaxy plus/galaxy sl/galaxy r?????? plz someone save me!!! help hekp help
My Swpye dictionary is asking DO YOU WANT TO ADD for most common words, till yesterday it was working properly.
Please tell me how to reset it to default dictionary.
I got this phone and its awesome.
My swype was working well but today it is not detecting most of the common words and asking me (ADD XXXXX to DICTIONARY).
how to solve the problem and set it to default dictionary.
please someone help
PRIDE, 02 Jan 2012No. It's running the stock version of Gingerbread 2.3.4. I have owned alot of android phones i... moreyes bro. my Defy+ has the correct Adobe. my Defy+ final 2.3.5 Android. it came with it out of the box.
Vote 10 for Defy+ !
Anonymous, 02 Jan 2012That`s impossible! Did you root your phone or something similar stupid method of destroying th... moreNo. It's running the stock version of Gingerbread 2.3.4. I have owned alot of android phones in the past and never had this issue.
Do you have this phone? and does anyone experience these issues?
PRIDE, 02 Jan 2012Another problem I am facing is that the phone comes with adobe flash player 10.3. There is no... moreThat`s impossible! Did you root your phone or something similar stupid method of destroying the super nice Android and MotoBlur? Maybe that's why....