Review: Motorola Defy
The Motorola Defy uses Android 2.1 with Motorola's newest Motoblur interface on top. For a more thorough explanation of Motorola's socially connected Motoblur, check out our reviews of the Motorola Droid X or the Motorola Droid 2, because the interface design is identical.
The Defy also uses the Motorola Family Room feature. Family Room groups together everyone it thinks might be in your family, based on names and other connections. You can double-check the list and add missing family members (it only found three or four out of two dozen family members on my phone). From there, you can send out blast email messages to the whole family, create a Google calendar for your family to share, and otherwise keep in touch. If you have a tight-knit clan, it's a nice system. Motorola could easily extend this feature for classmates, work colleagues and other friendly groups, but for now it's more automated for family needs.
The Motorola Defy is not a fast phone. The interface could feel quite sluggish at times, especially when my seven homescreen panels were loaded with shortcuts and widgets. Scrolling through long lists of apps or my contact list could be jerky, not fluid. Sometimes, I'd tap an app and nothing would happen. I'd tap again and the phone would freeze up for a few seconds, before returning to normal. This didn't hurt my average, day-to-day business, but occasionally it was frustrating.
AD article continues below...
CTIA Fall 2010
Phone Scoop is on site in San Francisco to take in all the breaking news and hands-on experiences of the fall CTIA trade show. Be sure to check for full coverage and handset first impressions here.
Review: Motorola Moto Z2 Force
The Moto Z2 Force is a semi-rugged — and yet stylish — flagship smartphone from Motorola. This sleek handset boasts dual cameras, top specs, and a nearly unbreakable "ShatterShield" screen.
Review: Motorola Moto X Pure Edition
Motorola's 2015 flagship smartphone is a pleasing upgrade to last year's device, thanks to the bigger screen, better battery life, and improved camera. This handset offers a pure version of Google's Android platform with truly useful additions from Motorola.
Review: Motorola Moto Z2 Play for Verizon Wireless
Motorola's latest Android smartphone is the mid-range and highly-capable Moto Z2 Play. This winsome handset may not stay strictly true to the original, but it is compatible with all of Motorola's Moto Mods accessories and still brings plenty to the table.
Review: Motorola G4 and G4 Plus -- Unlocked
Motorola's middleweight smartphones are back for another round. The Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus share most features, but the Plus adds a little something extra.