The Motorola Defy+ is the, but with a quarter more oomph under its ruggedised hood.
Like its older sibling, the Defy+ is designed to withstand some grit and grime -- Moto claims it's water and dust resistant, and proofed against scratches. So if you're always breaking or maiming your phone, then keep reading.
I got hands-on with the Defy+ at Motorola's booth at Mobile World Congress. Read on for my first impressions.
The Defy+ looks and feels very resilient, with a row of what look like mini rivets bolting its sides down. Ports are capped or plugged with rubber to keep water or unwanted particles at bay, and the 3.7-inch screen has been toughed up with Gorilla Glass so it shouldn't scratch easily.
Tellingly, Motorola makes no mention of how much rough treatment the Defy+ can take, talking only about it shrugging off "a sudden rain shower or an afternoon on the beach" -- conditions that, frankly, I'd hope most phones would weather.
There is a JCBthat's apparently targeted at engineers and builders, but that version of the Defy+ comes with a toughened plastic sleeve -- suggesting there are limits to the native device's raw brawn.
I reckon it's safe to assume that building sites with hefty machinery and long drops onto hard surfaces are probably a bridge too far for the Defy+. But we'll be sure to test this theory when we get the device in for a full review -- assuming Motorola lets us pick one up in a JCB bucket.
The main difference between the Defy+ and the original Defy is its beefier 1GHz chip versus the Defy's 800MHz.
The Defy+ is also a lot nipper than the diminutive Defy Mini, which has a mere 600MHz, but it does have a smaller screen so its chip has less to shift around.
The extra speed on the Defy+ is definitely a welcome boost as mobile chips have beefed up considerably since the original Defy's 2010 launch. But even with this extra oomph, the Defy+ doesn't feel that responsive because -- as with the Defy Mini -- its toughened glass gets in the way of smooth operation.
The Defy+ may be technically capable of shifting pixels around at a decent rate but it doesn't always feel like that because you're too busy thumping the screen to get it to register your fingers.
The Defy+ runs Google's Android operating system, but it's the Gingerbread flavour of the OS, rather than the latest version, .
I'm not sure whether it will get an update to ICS. In my view, there seems little point in adding more OS flourishes to a device that already suffers from being unresponsive because it's been double-bagged with Gorilla Glass.
The Defy+ runs Motorola's Motoblur user interface -- a kludgy Android overlay thatand has since been toned down by Motorola.
It does at least have access to Android Market, putting plenty of apps on tap.
The 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen display has a middling resolution of 480x854 pixels. Colours are clear but not especially bright or vibrant.
The snapper on the Defy+ is 5 megapixels, which is a step up from the Defy Mini's 3. I didn't have a chance to assess image quality but we'll be sure to get snapping when we receive the Defy+ for a full review.
There's 2GB of internal storage and this can be expanded up to 32GB via the microSD card slot.
The 3.5mm headphone jack can also be sealed with a rubber cap when not in use, to keep the elements at bay.
Also on board is GPS connectivity and a 1,700 mAh battery that Motorola reckons is good for 7.1 hours of talk time, or 16 days on standby.
The Defy+ isn't going to be everyone's cup of builders' tea. But if your middle name is butterfingers and you're tired of reading texts through a cracked screen, the Defy+ has a tough-nut exterior that may bring you peace of mind.
Speed demons should move along though, as the Defy+ won't be nippy enough to keep you happy.