Motorola Defy Plus smartphone review

Tough, waterproof Android handset gets an update
Photo of Motorola Defy Plus smartphone
£246

The original Motorola Defy turned heads by being a water- and dust-resistant Android smartphone in a standard sized chassis. It was a nice little smartphone, and Motorola had enough success with it to want to give it an update as the Motorola Defy Plus.

Tough design
The revamped Motorola Defy Plus has a scratch resistant, Gorilla Glass 480×854-pixel, 3.7in screen. It meets the IP67 protection standard, meaning it’s water- and dust-resistant, too. These specifications it shares with its predecessor, and mean the two ports on the sides of the handset – for a headset on the top edge and for USB on the left side – are protected by hinged rubber covers. If you’re a regular user of either port the covers might be a fiddle, but they are necessary.

Updated spec
Internally the specifications have been updated since the Defy’s last incarnation. The handset runs on Android 2.3 ‘Gingerbread’, and it’s powered along by a 1GHz processor. There’s 2GB of built-in storage and a microSD card slot under the backplate – and, irritatingly, under the battery, so you can’t change memory cards on the fly.

A five-megapixel camera sits on the back, and there’s an LED flash to help with low light photography.

Good apps
Motorola adds some nice apps to Android including some good social networking tools, DLNA, and an app called  Car Dock, which puts six large icons on screen that let you quickly access key features of the phone while you’re in a vehicle. Motorola provides a range of its own widgets too, and its connected music player will find song lyrics and videos.

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Positives
  • Tough chassis; good specifications.
Negative
  • microSD card slot is underneath the battery.

Verdict

We were fans of the Defy the first time round, and we're fans of the DefyPlus. The same solid shell is complemented by updated innards, and we think the Defy Plus is a winner.