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Yeah that's right, my Defy is running ICS 4.0.4!
So, I've installed the 06042012 nightly build of CM9 [based on ICS 4.0.4 / CM7 kernel] after being left rather unimpressed by general instability and REALLY poor battery life of the previous nightly, which I suppose could have been the result of me not allowing ICS to do it's battery calibration thing but I digress...
Not only do I now have a stable ICS build with MUCH better battery life I've noticed that the CPU is now running at 1GHz instead of the 800MHz the phone originally ran at.
I've noticed that there's a Defy+ out now as well, which appears to have EXACTLY the same spec except for a different camera and a 1GHz CPU [which after a bit of research I suspect is exactly the same as the original Defy, there are even ROMs that set the CPU to 1.2GHz, which can apparently result in an inadvisable increase in core temperature].
What a phone. It was marketed as a low / mid range phone and yet it totally kicks ***. At least when running a custom ROM like CM7 / 9.
Here's the thing I don't understand:
Why is it that the official Motorola 2.1 and 2.2 versions I got officially with the phone were unstable and not particularly impressive in the battery life department, it was insane the number of time the thing would completely lock up or just randomly restart, it really used to do my head in.
Why is it that a company with the resources of Motorola not only is unable to offer me an official version of Android above 2.2 but can't even program something that doesn't turn my phone into a useless block of plastic so irritating you just want to jump up and down on it?
So, in summary:
Motorola - Sweet hardware / less than stellar coding skills / Blur can **** off
Cyanogen - The best thing since the inception of Android
Massive bigups to the CM team for transforming my phone into something far better than I ever expected.