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Motorola Defy+ - Android 2.3.4 and MotoBlur Interface

By Edward Chester



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Despite noises from Motorola suggesting it was going to tone down its MotoBlur customisations of Android, diving into the Defy+ there are still a fair number of tweaks.

The seven homepages come packed with widgets, many of which are Motorola's own, with their own visual style, but they do all the usual duties with no partcularly standout additions; there's a message viewer, toggles for aeroplane mode/mute/Wi-Fi etc, a quick music player and many more. As ever we quickly rid the screen of most of these to get the most performance out of the handset, just keeping the Google search bar and settings toggles.

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Jump into the main apps menu and thankfully Motorola hasn't mucked about with the layout – you just get a nice alphabetical list of apps to scroll through. However, you can whittle these down to your most recently used or downloaded apps at the tap of a button.

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Strangely we didn't find Twitter and Facebook preinstalled, which is something of a rarity nowadays. This is particularly odd as one of the key Motorola changes is MotoBlur, which ties in your email and social networking accounts to provide a universal inbox, a combined social network feed and a contacts list populated with information from all the above services. Until we'd got to the MarketPlace and downloaded the aforementioned apps, we couldn't really use any of these features. Indeed it's always something to bear in mind with Android handsets; if there's something you don't like about them you can more often than not find an app or software tweak that'll put things right for you.

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Another such example of how we had to put in a bit of work before getting the experience we wanted was the keyboard. Motorola has installed Swype – the ingenious, but acquired taste, onscreen keyboard that lets your trace out a word with one touch, rather than tapping at keys individually – as the default choice. We know some people like it but it's hardly the defacto standard.

Overall, though, we're talking about a typically capable Android 2.3 handset. From browsing the web to checking out what your friends are up to and playing games to finding out where you're going, it can do the lot for you, and do it well.

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December 7, 2011, 10:37 pm

Have they fixed the issues surrounding the ear piece though? This is one of the few phones that'd make me tolerate the dogs mess that is Android.


December 8, 2011, 12:57 am

All I can say is 'so far, so good'. I've been using a handset on and off for a couple of weeks, with it being dunked a few times during that period, and have had no issues. There is a chance there will be a repeat of the issues as the basic hardware has changed so little but I think the original handsets only had sporadic problems anyway.


December 8, 2011, 4:04 am

Sporadic is enough to put you off though, especially if you'll buying it second hand like I'll be. A solution exists though for those inflicted, involving replacing the damaged ear piece with one from an old Sony Ericsson handset.


December 8, 2011, 4:17 pm

I mean sporadic as in it only effected some handsets. Assuming you buy a working one there's little to suggest it will then stop working.

Martin Daler

December 8, 2011, 8:15 pm

How so Ed? From what I understood, all the fautly earpieces started out working, and developed the fault thereafter.


December 9, 2011, 11:56 pm

Have had a Defy for a year now. It is noticably slower than our Atrix but you get what you pay for. Screen size is perfect for use as a hiking gps (Backpack app is awesome). I think the reviewer misses the point there. A larger screen would mean a larger phone and that wouldn't really help in an "active" device. The defy has rubber flaps (so does our indestructable Sonim btw). They are used every day nearly for the headphones and charging. They are still as good as new. The screen has a few scratches but nowt major. Very good, limited speed phone. Perfect for outdoors as it has survived mud and water over and over. Even a fall in the river. It's not a patch on the Sonim xp3.2 Quest pro, it isn't supposed to be. BUT it is smaller, lighter and can do so much more. A friend has the shiny new Sony Xperia Active. It's tiny with a very nice screen that responds better in the rain than my Defy but the battery is unbelievably poor. Doesn't last an 8 hour hike, makes it a bit pointless. He's looking into on of those Duracell recharge on the go units. The Defy battery has to be charged every night. The Sonim lasts for yonks, days at a time.

Martin Daler

December 10, 2011, 6:28 pm

Thanks Paul B, exactly the kind of "how does this device stack up in real, everyday use, especially the particular use for which I would buy this particular device" type of info which reviews, forever trapped in their "formula", often seem to lack. For example, the 'use in the rain test' is not in the formula for a phone review, so it never rates a mention, but here it is useful and relevant. It is the sort of detail which only jumps out at you is you have actually lived with and used the device to it's full. Well done!


December 12, 2011, 5:01 pm

Because the reports seem to suggest the problems occurred fairly quickly, in which case a working second hand device is reasonably likely to be okay. It is of course a risk though.


December 12, 2011, 5:08 pm

Couldn't agree more. It's great to hear from our readers giving constructive advice back to the community. Especially as in this case we didn't really envisage this phone as being for quite the usage you put it to, so such tests weren't on our radar. Thanks Paul B.


December 14, 2011, 11:38 pm

hi all

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