It’s been exactly 2 weeks since we’ve posted a review for a mobile phone. With the Motorola Mobile and Google deal finally made official this week, it seems only fitting that we’re able to review the Motorola DEFY+, which was launched in South Africa during the month of April.
- Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
- 1GHz CPU
- Water-resistant, dustproof, scratch-resistant
- 3.7” screen with Corning Gorilla Glass
- 5MP camera with LED flash
- 1650mAH Li-Ion battery
You should, however, air on the side of caution, those who’ve seen the Motorola DEFY XT535, which comes with an IP67 certified rating, which essentially interprets to a depth of 1m for 30 minutes. Confusing these 2 devices will lead to very different testing results, the DEFY XT535 being fully waterproof, as opposed to the DEFY+, which is only water-resistant.
We start off a comparison between Waterproof and Water-Resistant. Waterproof means that you can actually submerge the device in water without adverse affects. Water-resistant, on the other hand, means that this device should not, and cannot be submerged in water. It will, however, allow you to use the device in conditions such as having a jog in the rain, for example.
The Motorola DEFY+ has really good build quality, which is derived from it being water-resistant. Each of the ports for this smartphone has some form of cap to keep out moisture. The rear cover adopts a slide to lock clip, which gives it additional pressure when closing. The DEFY+ weighs less than both the previously reviewed Atrix and RAZR, although there’s no real comparison between the RAZR and DEFY+.
The DEFY+ has a screen size of 3.7” and resolution of 480×854 pixels (protected with Corning Gorilla Glass), which, at today’s standards, is in line with mid-level smartphones. Other specs include 512MB RAM, 2GB internal memory and 5MP (2592х1944 pixels with LED flash) camera.
With a 1GHz Cortex-A8 CPU (TI OMAP 3620 chipset), this smartphone isn’t the most powerful, matching Samsung’s original Galaxy S. The GPU is a PowerVR SGX530, which is quite useful. The 1650mAh Li-Ion battery provides roughly 350 hours of standby and just over 7 hours of talk time.
It’s hard to determine whether this device, or any other Motorola device for that matter, will see the ICS update any time soon. Motorola have gone on record this week, notifying their consumers that handsets will only be updated to the latest Android version if there is sufficient improvement over the current version. This means that for devices, such as the DEFY+, with lower end RAM, the update may bloat the required memory, reducing what’s available to the user, and thus causing reduced performance. But Motorola are still ironing out all the bugs with their MotoBlur UI version of ICS, so only time will tell if the update does in fact cause worse performances. It’s worth noting that although all devices may not receive the ICS update, Motorola will continue to provide updates to their Gingerbread devices, which will include MotoBlur and WebTop updates.
In terms of its hardware specifications, the Motorola DEFY+ is no slouch. And with software standardised across most of the Motorola smartphones, this device can compete sufficiently well. Add its water-resistant, scratch-resistant and dust-proof capabilities, and you have a really good device in your hands, keeping your device safe from the daily run in. With the new DEFY XT535 packing very similar specifications, with an impressive IP67 certification; you can assume that the biggest difference between the 2 devices is in their prices. The Motorola DEFY+ will cost you, on average, R2500. Considering similarly priced mid-level smartphones, the DEFY+, with its lifeproof capabilities, you’re getting just that little more value for your buck.
We’ll keep the full comparison between the Motorola DEFY+ and Motorola DEFY XT535 when receiving the latter for review.
You can find the full specifications here.