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Motorola DEFY MINI Review

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Interface and functionality:

What we have running on the Motorola DEFY MINI is Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread with the MotoSwitch UI installed on top. There is nothing fancy about interface itself and eye-candy has been reduced to a minimum, but we are happy to see that a few handy features have been thrown in. For example, you can launch the smartphone's camera or toggle its vibration on or off straight from the lock screen. Also, a couple of very useful widgets have been included: one of them automatically aggregates shortcuts to your most frequently used applications, while the other does the exact same thing with your contacts.

The DEFY MINI comes with the MotoSwitch UI - Motorola DEFY MINI Review
The DEFY MINI comes with the MotoSwitch UI - Motorola DEFY MINI Review
The DEFY MINI comes with the MotoSwitch UI - Motorola DEFY MINI Review
The DEFY MINI comes with the MotoSwitch UI - Motorola DEFY MINI Review

The DEFY MINI comes with the MotoSwitch UI



The on-screen keyboard is frustratingly difficult to use in portrait mode, so you better get used to tilting the device sideways when typing those text messages. Swype comes pre-installed, which helps to some extent, but still, typing requires more patience that we are used to putting in simple things like texting.

There is an application called Dashboard that comes pre-loaded on the Motorola DEFY MINI. Think of it as a tool for the sporty smartphone user: it features a chronometer, pedometer, and a counter that tells you how many calories you have burned during your exercise. Also, with a little help from the handset's GPS radio, the app tells you how many kilometers you have traveled while hiking or jogging. Sadly, the pedometer was pretty inaccurate during our testing, so we don't advise you to trust it.

The Dashboard application - Motorola DEFY MINI Review
The Dashboard application - Motorola DEFY MINI Review

The Dashboard application



Processor and memory:

It is really underwhelming to see that the smartphone has been equipped with a miserable 600MHz single-core processor, but at least the 512 megabytes of RAM should prove sufficient. Thankfully, that hardware combination is just good enough to get the job done, so basic applications work well and navigating through the interface is responsive enough, as long as you don't use a live wallpaper and keep the amount of on-screen widgets to a minimum. However, the lack of processing power becomes evident when using heavier applications. For example, browsing through the Google Play store is sometimes laggy while games such as Angry Birds Space and Temple Run get choppy at times. More sophisticated titles refuse to be installed.

There are 512 megabytes of on-board storage, but only 165 of them are user available. Before you know it, the smartphone's storage capacity depletes so transferring apps to the microSD card becomes mandatory. Included in the set is a 2GB microSD card, which will get full pretty quickly. That said, buying a microSD card with more capacity is strongly recommended.


Internet browser and connectivity:

The stock internet browser on the Motorola DEFY MINI is pretty usable considering the phone's low-end hardware. Pages load fast enough and scrolling is sufficiently smooth, as long as you let heavier web pages to load completely. It even supports Adobe Flash, which you can download manually from the Google Play store, but we don't recommend getting it as it significantly degrades the browser's performance. Embedded videos automatically go fullscreen once you tap them, which is a nice feature to have as it puts a lighter load on the handset's processor. As we mentioned before, you will be zooming quite a lot in order to view pages in detail, but thankfully, pinch to zoom works just fine. The on-screen zoom buttons are quite annoying, however, and we really wish they had skipped them.

The web browser of the DEFY MINI is pretty usable - Motorola DEFY MINI Review
The web browser of the DEFY MINI is pretty usable - Motorola DEFY MINI Review
The web browser of the DEFY MINI is pretty usable - Motorola DEFY MINI Review
The web browser of the DEFY MINI is pretty usable - Motorola DEFY MINI Review

The web browser of the DEFY MINI is pretty usable


Any connectivity feature that should be on a smartphone is present on the Motorola DEFY MINI. You get a 3G radio, Wi-Fi b/g/n with support for DLNA, Bluetooth 2.1, FM radio with RDS, and USB mass storage for quick and easy file transfers between the handset and a computer. The GPS radio was kind of slow at locating us from a cold start – a process that took it over 2 minutes, but after that, it could determine our location within a couple of seconds.


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posted on 12 Apr 2012, 11:34 2

1. Mittal (Posts: 427; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


I'm beginning to believe it!!
Did any1 notice the negativity towards the phone throughout the review??
Its like the PA guys are disgusted at the very existence of the phone!!
Phone Reviews is definitely not PA's thing...

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 09:07 4

5. Nick_T (Posts: 141; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Would you buy this phone as your primary device?

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 09:11

9. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


hahahaha. NO

posted on 13 May 2012, 05:48

11. Mittal (Posts: 427; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


If im looking for a phone in that price range, i still might not buy it!
But that is not what i meant. I love yur site and it is almost my homepage, the frequency with which i visit it!!!
My point here is that i found the tone and feel of the review as keeping the device at a disadvantageous position from the start..

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 12:05 1

2. joaolx (Posts: 351; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I bought my phone one year ago and it has a 600mhz and i thought it was too late for it but it seems that they're still coming out. The lowest device pin the market should have at least a 800mhz.

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 20:30 2

3. cheetah2k (Posts: 768; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


I think the Sony Xperia Active (ST17i) offers much better value in a robust compact Android phone, so 4/10 is probably spot on.

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 20:33 4

4. lonestrider (Posts: 85; Member since: 31 Mar 2012)


Agree with the conclusion.
It is overpriced.

posted on 14 Apr 2012, 12:23

7. Jyakotu (Posts: 814; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


So apparently Window Phones have last year specs, yet manufacturers are still releasing Android phones with 600MHz single core processors.? Yeah, this phone is SO up-to-date in Android land. *roll eyes*

posted on 17 Apr 2012, 09:13 1

10. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


its a budget phone........

posted on 15 Apr 2012, 03:10 1

8. Cyan3boN (Posts: 425; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Sony offers the best low end phones packed with qsd8255 with adreno 205, the same hardware fond in xperia arc.

posted on 18 Aug 2012, 12:08

12. Chipmunk (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Aug 2012)


2 out of 3 Motorola Defy Mini rugged telephones are broken within two mounths. Motorola says that these phone must be repaired. After repair (one away for 4 weeks, the other for 3 weeks) they are delivered back braken.

Motorola says that the pfone shad to be repaird for 3 times in a row before they are willing to give a new phone. (thats their policy!!)

I wil recomment to discard all of the phones of Motorola, because there is no service.
Supposed to be a rugged telephone, NOT!!!!

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Display3.2 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (180 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7225A, Single core, 600 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.29 x 2.30 x 0.49 inches
(109 x 58.5 x 12.55 mm)
3.77 oz  (107 g)
Battery1650 mAh, 10 hours talk time

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