Summary: The Motorola Defy XT and the Republic Wireless network that supports it are a classic case of "you get what you pay for." For $19 a month, you get a basic Android phone running on an old-time 3G network that can't send or receive MMS messages. While Republic Wireless' concept is disruptive, the fact that you can't seamlessly transfer from Wi-Fi to 3G and vice versa limits this service's usefulness. We also found the 3G calling quality to be much better than over Wi-Fi.
Pros: Cheapest wireless service available, Unlimited data calling and texting, Long battery life over Wi-Fi
Cons: Weak performance, No MMS messaging, Old version of Android, Inconsistent Wi-Fi calling, Short 3G battery life
Conclusion: As for any upgraders, I managed to use the original Defy for a few days alongside the Defy+ and there is hardly any difference between them aside from the new Motoblur skin and the better internals. It just didn’t smash it’s predecessor out of the water.
Conclusion: The Motorola Defy is a resilient touchscreen phone with a great camera and access to the Android Market’s store of apps. However the slow performance detracts from the web browsing and social networking experience - something to consider if you want to read websites and check Facebook on the go.
Motorola DEFY Review: It Doesn't Break The Mold, But Doesn't Break, Either
29 June 2011
Excerpt: Motorola was kind enough to hook me up with one of their latest handsets, the Motorola Defy. Here's a video primer for the review that all your friends will be talking about tomorrow. If you read the review without it, you'll be in the dark: The Defy is, put quite simply, a great device - and excluding Motoblur, the bane of many Android users' existence, the thing flies.