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My Bluetooth devices worked well paired with the Motorola Defy. I paired a Bluetooth headset, a set of stereo speakers and my Macbook laptop with the Defy. The headset sounded good. I did hear some static and the reception dropped off from time to time, but overall it was easy to carry on a conversation. In case you're wondering, reception dropped off worst when the phone was submerged, but that's probably an extreme scenario. Music sounded great through my stereo speakers. I was also able to quickly transfer a file from the photo gallery app to my laptop using Bluetooth.


Motorola offers a few nice timekeeping options with the Defy. The lock screen on the device offers a big clock that is easy to read. There is a clock in the menu bar, but Motorola also offers its own resizable clock widget. You can take up an entire homescreen panel with a calendar/clock combo, and with seven screens to fill, you'll probably have plenty of space left over.



The Defy comes with a couple of navigation options on board. Google Maps provides free turn-by-turn navigation with spoken directions. TeleNav offers a similar service, but you have to pay a monthly fee. Did I mention Google Maps is free? Easy decision, then. Google Maps works very well. The search function can't be beat, and Google is constantly improving its Places feature to offer more information and better filtering for search results. Using Google Maps, the Defy easily tracked me on a trip in and out of the downtown area. When I got lost, the phone offered course corrections in no time.

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The Motorola Defy comes with a few media sharing options on board. There is a DLNA app, so you can stream multimedia files to DLNA-capable devices, like home theater systems, gaming consoles and even other phones. The phone also comes with Motorola's Media Share client, which lets you send pictures and sync media files with DLNA capable devices, on top of the basic DLNA streaming capabilities. None of my systems are DLNA capable, but the phone should allow you to share multimedia files, synchronize with a Windows computer and send pictures and other media files to DLNA-enabled phones.


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