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Despite obvious distraction in the form of a rather large Google takeover yesterday, Motorola still found time to announce a Defy refresh, upping the speed of the rugged smartphone by 25 per cent. The Motorola Defy+ now packs a 1GHz processor, which not only puts it 200MHz ahead of its predecessor, but also keeps one foot in …

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That's good...

...if only because it means there's a good chance I'll get gingerbread on my Defy v1

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Ghastly

> the Defy+ still sports the company's front-end, Motoblur

Well that's a shame. Nice hardware, utterly ruined by the ghastly software.

(I bought the original Defy after a previous phone died after being out in some light rain. But I don't actually use it, because the MotoBlur stuff is so nasty.)

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Motoblur

While it sounds good - for sailing, hiking skiing etc, I really balk at the idea of getting a phone with Motoblur.

WTF is wrong with stock Android - I want to use my phone, not gaze adoringly at it while it struggles to do anything due to excessive bloat.

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Rugged?

How exactly is it rugged, it doesn't appear to be designed for brickies to use on a building site.

It looks like most other phones the company has out, just abit smaller.

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Rugged

The original has a rubberised surround, rubber caps on the ports, a lockable back and visible screws (which are probably just for show). Like this one, it has gorilla glass, and I expect this one has the other features too.

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How good is the Defy at making calls ?

I had a Droid and liked the phone but found the speech very muffled both rcv and tx. Had lots of complaints from customers so switched to Nexus 1 then a Desire both of which are great.

Because of the Droid I am a bit wary of Motorola, has anyone found problems with the original Defy ? I know there were a lot of reported problems in the speech quality of the Droid (But I was an early adopter so did not see them :-( but I have not seen much bad about the Defy apart from Speed and the new Defy+ seems to sort that out.

Very Happy with my Desire and Nexus One but thinking about Android Phones for the (Very Clumsy) Wife and Children :-)

Thanks for any info

Andy

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"...sometime this autumn"

I wouldn't count on the release date. This has rounded corners and a flat screen, so it might get a ban.

Nice phone though. I remember the reviewer here of the original Defy bought one for himself (and installed a decent launcher to replace Motoblur). I nearly did the same.

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No Opinion, Except

No opinion on the phone, but keep an eye on the psychopath on the illustrated screen, trying to entrap innocent users with coffee bait.

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Warranty

I've been a tad tempted by a Defy, as it's the nearest thing to my ideal option of a rugged non-smart phone witha decent camera. However, one -ve frequently mentioned is the motoblur software- I now gather this can be removed however, but would doing so invalidate the warranty?

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