Motorola DROID mini hands-on
0. phoneArena 23 Jul 2013, 18:32 posted on
Don’t let its size or name fool you, mainly because the Motorola DROID mini is a small bundle of joy that doesn’t have the same compromises we'd typically be exposed to by something of this caliber. Rather than gracing it with a lower resolution display and fluffier processing hardware...
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1. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
Does it come in white!!!?
11. Birds (Posts: 1128; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
I want it in bright, bright, bright, bright, bright orange....e.O....
2. sabretigger (Posts: 23; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)
droiddoes.com actually lists the display as super amoled panel. Am wondering, where does the sim card slot go? Are the back covers interchangeable?
6. o0Exia0o (Posts: 509; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)
It has a Nano Sim that is built in to the phone. It is not interchangeable like the previous generation.
3. Genersis (Posts: 215; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Wait, not pentile or even AMOLED? Wow; WANT.
Though it says on Verizon's site that it's Super AMOLED, are you sure John V. that it's TFT?
4. roldefol (Posts: 3260; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I think Verizon's site was a bit rushed. There's a lot of accidental overlap in their specs, like listing the MAXX having a 2130 mAh battery. Motorola.com has the real specs, and they don't list the Mini as an AMOLED.
5. Genersis (Posts: 215; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Oh, thanks. I did notice the specs seems almost identical to the Ultra.
Irritatingly, the UK Motorola site hasn't been updated yet, I really should of checked the US one.
7. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1313; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
Very disappointed what happened today. Their only saving grace is the Droid mini only because it matches the supposedly flagship models and is the best mini out of the competition.
As a Note 2 owner why should I even upgrade (or should I say downgrade) to a Droid maxx at $300? The Note 3 will just be too much for these droids to handle at the same cost. Even the S4 and HTC One are better phones. Did Motorola forget how to make a flagship phone?
8. Avenger337 (Posts: 59; Member since: 14 Apr 2013)
Looks interesting this smartphone. No need to show off what it offers is not bad
9. htc_evo_3d (Posts: 84; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)
John V's camera man made a worse thing. the video was blurring out continuously throughout the video.
10. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)
The Droid Mini kicks HTC One mini and Galaxy S4 mini's a$s, but the Ultra and MAXX, meh...
Motorola even have the balls to call their X8 processor an 8-core processor when it is actually a dual core, while other are specific task cores and graphic cores.
12. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 723; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
For all people who are not satisfied with dual cores, I feel that in the race of specs, companies have now realised that real life performances of these devices are very good with dual cores & do not need quad cores etc. Vanilla android works well even on single cores (example my HTC One V which has android+"heavy" HTC sense+512MB RAM. The performance is "OK". Without HTC sense, it would run just fine on single core.)So I can say that dual core is enough for any OS (iOS, Android, Windows, Windows desktop etc). Plus it is coupled with 2GB RAM+better GPU, which would help it give great real world performance.
13. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 723; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
Can this BE any better? Mini version is getting the same kinda hardware,only screen size varies. AWESOME, no doubts...
14. Taters (Posts: 4305; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Eh? It is not making any compromises because it's larger siblings are already compromised with mid range specs.
In reality, all the mini's are about as high end as you can get without having them outperform the high end phones. If you put a Snapdragon 600 into a screen less than 720p, it will outperform a handset using the same chip with a 1080p screen. That is marketing suicide and only HTC was stupid enough to do it with the One S and One X where the One S outperformed the One X handily in everything except scree quality.
The Snapdragon 600 also needs a batter that is at least 2300 mah and a battery that big doesn't jive with a small and thin phone.
So basically the iphone specs, less than 720p, dualcore cpu, 1gb of ram, and 1400 mah battery is top of the line.
If it was that easy to make a S600 + 1080p + 2600 mah with a 4 inch screen phone that is compact and thin someone would have at least came close to that by now. No one is even close and that is why people that expect that are dreaming.
16. kpeanut (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Jul 2013)
Does anyone have any idea if these are UK bound? The Mini ticks all the boxes for my long awaited new phone and I'm dying to get my hands on one. I know the Moto X is supposedly US only and I'm hoping this isn't the case with the Droids too.
17. miket247 (Posts: 81; Member since: 16 Apr 2013)
Over the last 15 years, I have owned two Motorolas. I can honestly say that I have been very happy with them. I dropped one Motorala phone getting into a evelator on the second floor at my work and it fell into the basement (dropped atleast 27-30 feet) . When I got it back, it was in three pieces. I put it together and put the battery in and it worked like nothing happend. That would never happen to these new smartphones, but I think its time to give this brand a new look. I have had a Sony, Samsung, LG, and Nokias since, and was thinking about a new S4, but now its time to go back to a Driod or a Moto X if available on Rogers/Fido network in Toronto.