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Motorola DEFY MINI Review

Motorola DEFY MINI

Posted: , by Nick T.



Motorola DEFY MINI Review
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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posted on 12 Apr 2012, 11:34 2

1. Mittal (Posts: 494; 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: 177; 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: 494; 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: 364; 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: 1746; 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: 88; Member since: 31 Mar 2012)

Agree with the conclusion.
It is overpriced.

posted on 14 Apr 2012, 12:23

7. Jyakotu (Posts: 854; 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: 446; 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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PhoneArena rating:
Display3.2 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (180 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 600 MHz, ARM Cortex-A5 processor
0.5 GB 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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