May 14, 2012 by admin
Not the most careful person out there? Keep dropping your things? If you answered yes to both the questions but also fall under the Android smartphone fan club, then the Motorola DEFY MINI might be your answer. At just $250, you get a rugged phone that looks like it can take the occasional fall. Read on to see if it’s worth your money.
Measuring in at 109 x 58.5 x 12.55 mm, we feel the Motorola DEFY MINI is a little thick. It tips the scales at 107 grams, the expected weight for a phone of this size. However, thanks to these dimensions, single-handed use is not a problem. On the upper right hand side sits a notification light which we think is a neat feature. On the left side of the phone you will find the microUSB port which is protected by a cover. We found this to be very hard to open and if that wasn’t bad enough, putting it back in place tightly was a task of its own. Meanwhile on the top you will find the power button and the standard audio jack. The audio jack has a cover too, but this time it feels so fragile. Finally on the right side are the camera shutter button and volume rocker.
Moving on to the keyboards that are available on the Motorola DEFY MINI, the on-screen keyboard was quite tough to use and we found ourselves having to tilt the phone a little so we can get our texts out. The phone also offers the Swype feature. We found the app Dashboard a good fit for this phone as this app comes with a chronometer, pedometer and a counter to keep track of how much calories you have burnt. So you can bring it along with your jogs and if you drop it, it will still be ok.
We were not surprised to see the phone coming with just a 3.2 MP fixed-focus camera given that it’s under the affordable phone category. However, we were pleasantly surprised to find the camera performing better than our expectations. The photos taken outdoors with the Motorola DEFY MINI’s camera had the right exposure and it dealt with colour balance accurately. Forget about getting fine details from this camera and you will do just fine. VGA video recording means you should forget about shooting videos.
Internet browsing on the Motorola DEFY MINI is done using the stock browser and we found normal pages to load smoothly. Support for Adobe Flash makes it all the more attractive. You need to use the zoom feature quite often given the low pixel density, but we are glad that the pinch to zoom feature works fine. In terms of connectivity options, the Motorola DEFY MINI has support for 3G radio, Wi-Fi with support for DLNA, Bluetooth 2.1 and also FM radio with RDS. The GPS was pretty slow to start but once it’s up and running, it will get you there.
As always, we expect a phone that is affordable to give us a good call quality. Motorola DEFY MINI did not disappoint in the beginning as it had nice sounding earpiece. We could make out everything our friend on the other end was trying to tell us. Sadly though, they didn’t seem too pleased with what they got on the other end. Motorola DEFY MINI is packing a 1650mAh battery to give it all the juice it needs and it really does deliver.
Pros and Cons
The CPU onboard the phone was a downer. The plastic cover on the standard audio jack was too flimsy, not what you expect for a phone that should take your daily wear and tear.
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