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Product Motorola Defy+
Specifications 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 1GB ROM, 2GB microSD card provided, 3.7in 480x854 resolution touchscreen, 5MP rear camera, Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, 1700mAh battery, 59x107x13.4mm, 118g.
Price £239 SIM free
IF YOU'RE after a reasonably sized smartphone that is tough and durable the Motorola Defy+ could be right up your street.
The Defy+ isn't exactly the best looking phone we've had in for review at The INQUIRER but its focus is on practicality instead of winning awards on the catwalk. The handset is quite plain looking but some exposed screws look quite cool if you like that sort of thing.
From the front it looks similar to most touchscreen handsets with the screen taking up most of the space and four buttons below, consisting of menu, home, back and search. The rear is just as unexciting as the front with a dark grey cover that has a latch to lock it in place.
Robust design lives up to the hype
The handset has a tank like nature that gives the impression it will cope with a battering that could break other handsets. Motorola says the Defy+ is water and scratch resistant as well as dustproof. The display is made from the durable Gorilla Glass, which is proving a popular choice for handset manufacturers. The headphone socket and microUSB ports have plastic covers and the rear cover seals tightly to lock out liquids and dirt. Strangely the rear seal includes the battery compartment but doesn't extend to where the camera is.
We found the design to work well and the ports have more protection from debris, especially compared to other handsets we have in the office. We even ran the phone under a tap and it survived fine. Dirt is often the cause of electronic failures so these features should increase the phone's life span.
The handset is compact at 59x107mm, making it smaller than most smartphones on the market. For reference it's smaller than the Apple Iphone 4S but has a screen 0.2in larger at 3.7in.
Unfortunately the phone isn't very thin, an increasing talking point about mobile devices. It is a hefty 13.4mm thick, which is the thickest handset we've had for review in a long time. However, we didn't find this to be a problem because the phone is small. It's comfortable to hold and weighs a light 118g.
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