The signs that Motorola was destined to be tied to Google
are there for all to see. On the same day as the
acquisition was announced, Motorola announce a new phone with a name very
familiar to those at Google.
The Motorola Defy+ may not be an entirely new phone but the
little plus symbol at the end of its name makes it seem very at home within the
Google family. While the symbol at the end of
denotes sharing, for Motorola, it denotes extra power.
When we reviewed the
original Defy back in December of last year we were highly impressed with this
fully-featured “rugged” phone. That phone featured an 800MHz TI OMAP3610
processor at its heart, but the new Defy+ will be powered by a “25 per cent
faster” 1GHz processor.
Not only that, but it will come with an updated version of
Android (2.3.3) which should help with the battery life of the Defy+. This is
certainly welcome when you consider that the original was only shipped with
After that, there’s not much to differentiate the Defy from
the Defy+, though there will also be a slight battery upgrade to a 1700mAh
model – up from 1500mAh in the original. Those looking to get their hands on
the souped-up Defy model in the US however will be disappointed as, for now,
Motorola is saying the Defy+ is coming to Europe, Asia and Latin America only
No pricing has been announced yet.