5-point review: Motorola Defy+

This is the first of (hopefully *HINT HINT*) many gadget reviews that we publish on VTTH. I’ve decided to make them as concise as possible, so every review I do will give you five important points to note when making the decision to drop significant amounts of currency on a piece of tech.

So, to kick things off, I recently got the chance to play with Motorola’s new entry-level Android-powered smartphone, the Defy+. Here’s my 5-point review:

(1) It’s cheap

The biggest selling point of this phone is the fact that it’s cheap…for a smartphone. The recommended retail price is in the region of about R2,800 which makes it one of the most affordable Android smartphones on the market – ideal for students and those of us that are paid like students.

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(2) It’s water and bump-proof

The Defy+ is built to brush off life’s little accidents like last week’s scrambled egg on your favourite tracksuit pants. It’s ruggedised, so you can drop it and it won’t suffer any major internal damage and apparently it’s also water proof. But don’t be a plank; it’s still a good idea to look after your phone even if the nice PR lady that sent it to me said “it’s okay to drop it in a glass of water. It’s a neat party trick”.

(3) The Wi-Fi is a bit shaky

The Defy+ is a great little phone because it has all sorts of data-saving features, including the ability to connect to the Web via Wi-Fi and use someone else’s data. But I found that while it worked well on my work Wi-Fi, my home router wanted nothing to do with the Defy+. It was like the my router had infectious botulism and was attending a speed dating event. The phone could see my home Wi-Fi, but refused to connect.

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(4) Nice screen and camera

Given the relatively small size of the Defy+ (it’s only 3.7” ag shame), the screen still has pretty decent resolution and brightness. Coupled with a 5 megapixel camera (and the newly-release Instagram app for Android), you can exercise all sorts of creativity and give those self-righteous iPhonography hipsters a friendly middle finger with the subtitle “I can do that too now”.

(5) Battery & Android

I lumped the battery and the OS together because Android is known to be an enormous battery hog. The Defy+ runs its own little version of the Android user interface called MotoBLUR, which is surprisingly usable. The phone is okay on battery life (the most I got with moderate use and Wi-Fi always on) was a day and a half, which is better than most modern Smartphones.

Overall: Not a bad little phone at all for the price. She’s a little bulky, but her personality more than makes up for it. I’d give her a second date…and maybe a kiss on the third. 7/10


Wash is our resident uber-geek. He sleeps on a pile of comics, speaks fluent Klingon and spends his weekends unleashing all manner of Hell on the battlefields of his PC. If it’s related to gaming, comics, sci-fi or any other form of geekitude… chances are Wash has his sticky paws all over it.


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