Water-proof, life-proof: the Motorola Defy+ [Review]
8 March 2014
Excerpt: When I first saw the Motorola Defy+, it was sitting in a glass of water. The poor phone hadn’t even been in the office for five minutes and it was already being tested to see if all of this “water tight” PR propaganda was true. It wasn’t immersed a meter deep for half an hour — its advertised tolerance threshold — but it survived nonetheless.
Summary: The Motorola DEFY+ is priced at Rs. 19,490 (MRP) and Rs. 17,990 (MOP) which keeps it in the same price bracket of the Xperia Active . Besides the 720p limitation and relatively less vivid display, the DEFY+ covers all departments pretty well. It's a rugged phone and the build quality is second to none. Drop it, wet it, scratch it, and it will still survive. All in all the Motorola DEFY+ is a good buy.
Conclusion: Like the Motorola Defy before it, the Motorola Defy+ is a resilient, tough touchscreen phone that does the basics. However it’s by no means the quickest not the most stable of phones out there. It won’t appease the tech-heads who want raw power, high end video and gaming credentials, but we imagine that casual gamers will be happy with what the Defy+ can download from the Android Market.
Pros: Durable, hard-wearing design, High resolution screen, Well-integrated music app
Cons: Camera slow to take pictures, Not great for gaming or video, Overall performance is slow
Has Motorola's latest rugged handset learned from the mistakes of the original Defy?
20 February 2012
Summary: I was pleasantly surprised by a number of things about the Defy+ — I found a lot of Motorola’s customizations to the software useful though a little weighty, and appreciated its heroic ability to find a network connection when all other phones around me are struggling. On the downside, with next to no changes over its predecessor, there’s very little reason here for even the most die-hard Defy fan to consider upgrading, and it's tough to strongly recommend a handset that...
Pros: Cell radio reception is fantastic, Great battery life, More likely to survive being dropped into water than other phones
Cons: Motorola's skin causes lag and generally slows the phone down, Camera could be better, Doesn't live up to water resistance claims, Screen sensitivity issues are very frustrating
Summary: The Motorola DEFY+ is an evolution of the original Motorola DEFY, which won our heart last year as the only complete smartphone that offers some form of physical protection against water, dust and the occasional drop. The DEFY+ looks exactly like the original DEFY. In fact not much has changed on the outside, if at all. The look is now almost recognizable Motorola. It is small, light and looks nothing like any rugged phones out there.
Conclusion: For a phone that is supposed to be a great mobile device that is also protected from the elements, the Defy+ is perfect. It’s fast in applications, and can withstand a great deal of abuse before it breaks down (as exemplified by the first Defy in the many YouTube videos) – it’s the perfect companion for people with an active lifestyle or a field job that is dangerous to the other frail smartphones on the market (construction workers, for example).
Conclusion: Motorola has done a good job with the DEFY+, bringing what was a top handset of last year up to date without sacrificing any of its star solid features. It isn’t ultra thin or ultra chic, but it is a well made, functional smartphone.
Conclusion: We would sum up the Defy+ as ‘okay'. It's a reasonable mid-range phone but its only stand out feature is its durability. It's a great choice if you want a phone that will last a long time and be able to take a day-to-day battering. However, this is a very niche market and means that an alternative, more exciting handset likely will suit most people better.
Excerpt: The phone features a 3.5 mm jack next to the power button and micro-USB slot, both covered with airtight rubber flaps. At the back, you will find a 5 MP camera equipped with an LED flash and a secondary noise-cancelling microphone. Slide open the back panel and you'll find a 1700 mAh Lithium-polymer battery - a step up from the DEFY's 1540 mAh. Just like its predecessor, this phone inconveniently places the SIM and microSD card slots beneath the battery.
Pros: Sturdily built; Dust and water proof; Long battery life; Decent sound quality.
Cons: No front-facing camera; Supports only VGA video recording; Poor indoor camera.