Motorola Defy+ Arrives in India, Price and Detailed Review

My first impression of the Motorola Defy+, truthfully, was that it was quite small because I have become adjusted to larger phones of screen sizes 4 inches and above but after I got over the size thing, the second thing IĀ realizedĀ is that the Defy+ really hasn’t changed much atheistically from whence it came. Both versions have the same size screen at 3.7 inches, the same style and the same weight, however when it comes to what is inside, the Defy+ comes leaps and bounds ahead from the original.

Motorola Defy+
Motorola Defy+

Motorola Defy+ Tech Specs

The Defy+ has a 1GHz processor that despite not being dual-core like many of the current crop of smartphones is rather snappy and it powers the Defy+ smoothly, quickly and mostly without lag; But that might be down to the software. More on that later.
The quadrant scores are acceptable at 1536 for a single-core 1GHz processor, beating a Nexus One with Android 2.2 but remember that quadrant scores are just a benchmark and do not accurately represent how a phone performs in day to day use.

The screen on the phone is one of the best I’ve seen on a non-high-end smartphone. The colours are really bright and vibrant, the blacks are deep and the resolution at 480 x 854 is perfect for the 3.7 inch screen on the Defy+ but in my hands, I do feel like it is to small but I think that is only because recently I have been playing around with 4.3 inch phones above. The screen is also very responsive thanks to the capacitive nature of the screen, however, towards the edges of the screen, it refuses to pick up the input from my fingers. I am unsure if this is by design because of the “tough phone” nature of the handset or if it is just another build quality issue.

In keeping with the tough phone mantra, the Defy+’s screen is made out of Corning’s Gorilla Glass technology that for those unfamiliar with it, make nicks, scratches and cracks a thing of the past. I really do believe that it is one of the best new developments in mobile phones for a long time and it gives me reassurance that I won’t scratch my phone to death.

In the review unit that we have been loaned for this review (many thanks to by the way), I have found that there are some quite startling build quality issues: most notably being that when you shake or press down on the back of the device, there is a rattling coming from inside that I have narrowed down to being the battery not fitting snugly. I am not sure if this is just a fault with our particular unit or if it is something more major to do with the model but I just thought that this issue needed to be pointed out.

Motorola Defy+
Motorola Defy+

The Motorola Defy+ is running the latest version of Android for smartphones, Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the latest version of Motorola’s Android skin named Motoblur over the top.

Having recently used the previous version of Motoblur on the Motorola Atrix, I can safely say that the gingerbread version of this skin is a much needed improvement on the rather slow previous version. I also feel that this new version is much more good looking as there is less intense reds coming over from the Droid line in the US and much easier to use.

When transferring between the homescreens (you can use up to 7) there is some minor lag but I have only found this when I moved quickly between the homescreens; Most of the time it is very smooth. The new version of Motoblur also brings a minor redesign to the homescreens mainly there being placeholders for 3 apps of your choosing plus the app drawer button rather than the phone icon, app drawer and contacts of past.

Motorola Defy+ Price in India

Motorola Defy+ has been priced at 17,900 INR in Indian markets. It is available to buy at major retail stores and online stores all over in India.