Review: Motorola Defy
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.
Advertisements article continues below...
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.
Sep 13, 2010
Motorola today announced the Defy, its latest rugged Android phone, which will be available exclusively to T-Mobile customers. The Defy comes with a 3.7-inch, WVGA scratch-resistant touch screen in addition to protection from water and dust ingress.
Feb 9, 2022
Samsung today announced its lineup of flagship phones for 2022: the Galaxy S22 series. The top-end S22 Ultra sees the biggest changes as it essentially absorbs Samsung's Note series with an integrated S Pen stylus and a more Note-like shape and design, instead of the Contour Cut design of the other models.
Nov 15, 2022
Qualcomm has announced its newest top-end chip, intended to power most flagship-level Android phones in 2023. As expected, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is more powerful and power-efficient across the board (compared to Gen 1), but the most impressive improvements and new features involve AI.
Motorola has a new $500 phone and it's kind of a big deal. While Motorola has been successful with more affordable phones lately, not since 2017 have all of the big three US carriers offered a Motorola phone over $400.