Motorola DROID Mini Review
Interface and Functionality
Wow, take a look at that! The Motorola DROID Mini is running the exact same flavor of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean that we saw on the DROID Ultra. All joking aside, we’re glad to see Motorola using the same software across multiple devices in its DROID line-up. Like we mentioned before, it’s as close to stock as possible, with 5 home screens, apps drawer and widget selection, but still has some extra additions.
These include Touchless Control, which is voice recognition with the Google Now experience, Motorola Assist, Droid Zap for sharing images and videos to other nearby phones, Motorola Migrate to transfer setting from your old phone to your new phone, and Wireless Display. You can read more about these exclusive Motorola features in the DROID Ultra review here.
Processor and Memory
Again we see the use of new Motorola X8 SoC, which combines a 1.7 GHz dual-core application processor, 400 MHz quad-core GPU, a natural language processor core, and a contextual computing core. The latter of which is used for voice recognition of Touchless Controls and the behind-the-scenes working of Motorola Assist. (You can read more details about the X8 here).
Since the Motorola DROID Mini and DROID Ultra make use of the X8 processor and have 2GB of RAM, it’s only natural that both devices would have similar benchmark scores, but they also stack-up nicely when compared to other devices that use standard quad-core processors. The DROID Mini is plenty quick in its boot-up time, loading and running apps, multitasking, and playing games.
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||GLBenchmark 2.5 (Egypt HD)||Vellamo |
(HTML5 / Metal)
|Motorola DROID Mini||8827||19252||5982 / 53 fps||2449 / 775|
|Motorola DROID Ultra||8609||19384||5973 / 53 fps||2455 / 768|
|Samsung Galaxy S4||12078||24701||4437 / 39 fps||1702 / 704|
|HTC One||12481||23308||3551 / 31 fps||2395 / 781|
One area of disappointment with the new devices is that the DROID Mini and Ultra lack a microSD card slot for expanded storage, which means you are limited to the internal 16GB. This then gets divided into the Android OS (4.97GB), Apps, etc, which leaves you with about 9GB of usable space out of the box. The only way to have more storage space is to opt for the DROID MAXX, which comes with 32GB of internal storage.
Internet and Connectivity
Combining both the X8 processor and Verizon’s 4G LTE data network, the Chrome browser on the Mini is a breeze to use. Pages load fast and properly rendered, with pinch-to-zoom and scrolling being quite fluid.
When using the SppedTest.net app, we were able to get between 15-27 Mbps downloads and 10-15 Mbps uploads depending on the area, time of day, and signal strength. Since the device is Global Roaming ready, it can also be used in other countries with EDGE/GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz), HSPA/UMTS (850/900/1900/2100MHz), supporting HSDPA 42.2 Mbps (Category 20) and HSUPA 5.76 Mbps speeds.
Other connectivity includes Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, and NFC.