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Motorola DEFY+ review

6.5/10 AVG.

Informr score
The Motorola DEFY+ currently has an Informr score of 6.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 8 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Motorola Defy+ was announced in August 2011 and released approximately 60 days later. It has all the features that made the original Motorola Defy a success, along with several major design improvements. It is available in both black and white.

The Defy+ is considered as one of the most rugged smart phones on the market. It is waterproof up to 1 metre in depth for up to 30 minutes, dust damage resistant, and scratch proof. Yet it is not overly thick or unwieldy unlike most other rugged phones. Specialized dual-microphone technology filters out background noise and amplifies your voice to make it easier for the person you are speaking with to hear you even in the busiest of environments.

It has a 3.7-inch LCD touchscreen display, LED notification light, and Motoblur, a new Android program that makes communication through email, text, and social networking easier. It also has a 5-megapixel camera that can capture both images and videos. However, it lacks a front-facing camera for more accurate self-portraits or video call applications.

It has an expandable memory card slot that supports microSD cards up to 32GB, which is useful because it only has 2GB of internal storage. Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS is the default operating system, and the phone can connect to 2G, 3G and Wi-Fi networks.

The Motorola Defy+ runs on a speedy 1GHz processor, as opposed to the slower chip found on its predecessor. And yet battery life is better on it, proving that it is indeed a worthy successor to the original.

Need to Know: Motorola Defy+

1. The phone has an extremely rugged design that is both water and dust resistant. (The Good)

2. Offers up to 12 hours of battery life on a single charge. (The Good)

3. Not 4G network compatible. (The Bad)

4. Very limited internal memory. (The Bad)

Operating system
1 GHz
Screen Size
5+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


Need a phone to take scuba diving? Or maybe you're just congenitally clumsy? Either way, the Defy+, the update to 2010’s Defy, is for you. Unlike most rugged phones, this one is clever enough to be called a smartphone, with a 1GHz processor at its heart.

- Stuff Team, Stuff

In a nutshell, the DEFY+ works well as a basic calling and messaging phone and is great for people with butterfingers. However, it falls short of in terms of multimedia capabilities. Overall, considering its superior build quality, the phone offers good value for money.

- Kamakshi S, TechTree

All in all the Motorola DEFY+ is a good buy. However, we’re not too sure if it’s going to overly impress users of the original DEFY as it’s just a minor upgrade in terms of processing power.

- Karan Shah, tech2

The Defy+ is an odd one. It's rugged, there's no denying that. So logically, if you need a rugged phone, then this might not be a bad choice. But that's a long way off a recommendation from us, because frankly, there's so much other stuff that's unsatisfactory about this phone, that it actually...

- Ian Morris, Pocket-lint
The Inquirer

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,...

- Chris Martin, The Inquirer

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Screen Size

The Motorola DEFY+'s screen size is 3.7 inches with x pixels resolution.

1 GHz

There is a TI OMAP 3620 1 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

2 GB

Internal memory is 2 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 1700 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 16 days standby time.

Motorola DEFY+ Specs

Release date September 15, 2011
Mobile / Cellular Data
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/1900/2100 MHz
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor TI OMAP 3620 1 GHz
Internal Storage 2 GB
RAM 512 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.09 W/kg
Body: 0.58 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 1700 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 16 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Graphite gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.7 x 5.9 x 1.3 cm (4.2 x 2.3 x 0.5 in)
Weight 118 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design Yes
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3.7 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Multi-touch input method, Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Swype
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail, Yahoo Mail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
5+ megapixels
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Image stabilization
Video Recording Formats
3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
QVGA (320 x 240 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WMA
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3G2 / 3GPP2, H.264 / AVC, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments 2GB microSD card included
Water and scratch resistant and dustproof
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