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Good: Truly water resistant and dirt defiant
Bad: When mobile network is buggy, inability to sync will cause phone to reboot
Comment: I love this phone because I finally don't feel like I have to be neurotic owning a touchscreen phone. My job is field-based and at times I must walk in the rain and get very muddy. My old phones always needed to be in a zip lock bag or a special waterproof case, which made them very bulky and inconvenient to use. But the Motorola Defy+ has met -- well, most of my mobile phone needs. When my hands are dirty, I don't have to worry about touching the screen, plus I can just wipe off the dirt with my wet hand, or hold it in the rain to wash off the mud. (Yes, I've actually done it, and my phone is still alive and kicking.)
Unfortunately, it's true that Motoblur makes the phone laggy, so the visual effects are not so impressive. Also, when the mobile network is buggy, which happens a lot here in the Philippines, certain native apps on the phone can't sync with the cloud server, thus the phone freaks out and reboots on its own, sometimes even more than once consecutively. Very inconvenient when it happens while you're making a phone call or trying to send a text message. On wifi, though, the phone runs like a dream.
For those with whom battery life is an issue, go get yourself a high-capacity battery. You won't be sorry.
I have friends & colleagues who have the same lifestyle as me, but bought the Sony Xperia Active at the same time that I got my Defy+. They thought the Defy+ was too big, so they got the Sony, but ended it being disappointed by the smaller screen.
Bottom line: I bought the phone because it could withstand my lifestyle. It can and it does. The inconveniences are tolerable, so I'm sticking with the Defy+.
Good: Fairly rugged, reasonable screen resolution, reasonable battery life
Bad: Laggy screen on a good day. Carshed screen on a bad one. Buggy software
Comment: We bought five of these at contract renewal time 11 months ago. One had died within two weeks - the screen stopped responding at all. The rest have had a variety of niggly problems, mostly related to the screen which can be quite unresponsive. The "unbreakable" Gorilla Glass screen isn't either - one has had to have a new screen when a small knock cracked it right down the middle. We've also had random battery flattening, phones caught in a constant boot-up, crash, boot-up, crash cycle and most weirdly, two that have decided to conference call a second number midway through another call. Mine recently suffered the same fate as the first one - the screen completely stopped responding and had to be sent back to the supplier.
It promised much but I won't be going near Motorola next time.
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