Motorola Defy+ review
Android 2.3, 3.7in 480x854 display
Last year's Motorola DEFY was one of our favourite phones; its rugged construction meant it was built to take a few knocks, and a large screen, 5-megapixel camera and cheap contract price made it a sure-fire Budget Buy winner. The Defy+ is quite a simple upgrade: the 800MHz processor is replaced by a faster 1GHz model, and the battery has been beefed up from 1540mAh to 1700mAh, resulting in an impressive 12 hours playback in our video test - almost as good as the iPhone.
As well as a performance boost, Android 2.3 has loads of small tweaks that improve the user experience, such as better copy and paste and improved power and application management. Of course, Motorola's own Motoblur software defines the phone more than Android itself, and this sees improvements too, in the form of new services to aggregate into one universal inbox and feed - as well as Facebook, Twitter, and Exchange email, you can add last.fm, Picasa, PhotoBucket, LinkedIn, Yahoo! and YouTube accounts, to help you never miss an update from a contact.
The application tray has now been improved too, with links at the top to take you to recent or downloaded apps, and you can add your own custom groups as well. We have some issues with Motorola's replacement Connected Music Player, however - by default, it tries to connect to the internet to retrieve song data such as lyrics, using up your data plan and causing crashes if it can't connect. We found our music often stopped unexpectedly, which was rather annoying.