We are genuinely pleased with the nice-sounding earpiece on Motorola DEFY MINI. The voice tones that it reproduces are loud and clear, without any hints of digitizing, so we can easily hear what the other party is saying. On the other side of the line, however, we noticed a weird volume fluctuation on several occasions, which, needless to say, is something unacceptable to have on a phone. 

The smartphone's 1,650mAh battery is rated for 10 hours of talk time, which is a really good figure by today's standards. The 3 weeks of stand-by time that can be expected are also commendable.


Even though it is an okay entry-level Android smartphone, we think you should stay away from the Motorola DEFY MINI, at least for now. It is currently priced at about $250 off contract, which we find totally unjustified considering what you get in exchange. For that amount of cash it would be wiser to pick up the Sony Ericsson Xperia Active or Samsung Galaxy Xcover since both of them are resistant to water and dust, but come with better hardware specs.

Alternatively, if you don't necessarily need a water resistant smartphone, the Sony Ericsson Xperia mini is also worth checking out as it costs about the same as the DEFY MINI while still packing better hardware.

Software version of the reviewed unit:

Kernel version:
Build number: 0A.21.0C
Baseband version: 76XXU-USMEKOLYM-109806-6604
Software version: TNBST_4_0A.21.0CRPS

Motorola DEFY MINI Video Review:


  • Resistant to dust and water damage
  • Solid build quality
  • Small and compact


  • Too little storage space
  • Slow processor
  • Too expensive
  • Flimsy plastic covers

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