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Review: Motorola Defy

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Motorola's Motoblur interface is made for social networking. At first, it can be confusing figuring out where to find the information you want, but after a while it starts to make sense. Motorola forks the social experience into three widgets. There is an outgoing message widget where you can post messages to all, or just one, of your social networks. There is an incoming message widget that lets you read all of the incoming messages from Twitter and Facebook. Then there is the more general feed widget that lets you see everything your friends are posting. All of these widgets look very similar on the homescreen, and instead of labeling them some obvious name like “incoming” and “outgoing,” Motorola calls them “Social Networking” and “Social Status.” Like I said, it's confusing at first, but Motorola lets you add a title to the widgets. So, when you tap a widget and start to flip through status updates on the cards that appear, you can see up top whether you're looking at private incoming messages or public posts.

The Motorola Defy does not come with the official Twitter and Facebook apps preloaded, but they are worth downloading from the App Market. They offer more features than the Motoblur interface, which is mostly useful for reading and sending messages, not searching profiles or keeping up with trending topics.


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