Motorola Defy+ gets official launch

The first Motorola phone to be released since the Google takeover is here, the Motorola Defy+.

If the name sounds familiar, perhaps it should. This is an update to the original Motorola Defy, which we reviewed back in 2010. Quite favourably, as it happens, so the new version has quite a bit to live up to. Like its predecessor, this walks the line between stylish and tough, which isn' t necessarily an easy thing to pull off. We would guess it might struggle on a hectic building site, but if you just happen to be a little accident-prone, the Defy+ could be your 'get out of jail' card.

With the Defy+ we're talking Android 2.3.4 for the operating system, a 1GHz processor (meaning it is 25% faster than version one), a 3.7-inch high resolution touch screen display, 2GB of storage (expandable to 32GB via card), a five-megapixel camera with auto-focus, flash and digital zoom, the MOTOBLUR interface, a music player and a 1700mAH battery for 7.1 hours of talk time and 16 days in standby.

All well and good, but what about this tough stuff? For that, you have scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass, as well as a water resistant, scratch resistant and dust proof casing to 'withstand all that life throws your way', according to Motorola.

Be interesting to see how it shapes up against the recently-announced Samsung Galaxy Xcover, which treads much the same ground. Not long to find out though, as the Motorola Defy+ has a similar European launch date of the autumn.

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