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Motorola DEFY MINI

alaTest has collected and analyzed 780 reviews of Motorola DEFY MINI. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. People really like the portability and price. The performance and usability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the text input and apps.

size, usability, performance, price, portability

apps, text input

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Motorola DEFY MINI is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Nick T. (

Motorola DEFY MINI Review


So, let's say that you want to get an Android smartphone, but $250 is all you have to spend. One of the options that fit into this category is the rugged Motorola DEFY MINI, which is resistant to dust and water damage. Additionally, its display is...

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

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

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...

Apr, 2012

Expert review by : Ross Catanzariti (

Motorola Defy Mini Android phone


Motorola Defy Mini review: A rugged Android smartphone for under $200, but still overpriced.

Water resistant ; Some handy widgets ; Good battery life

Sluggish general performance ; Poor user experience ; Overpriced

Motorola positions the water resistant, dust-proof Defy Mini as a budget smartphone with a twist, but poor performance and a mediocre user experience actually make it overpriced. The Defy Mini has good battery life and its water resistant casing can...

Jun, 2012

Expert review by : Edward Chester (

Motorola Defy Mini


Compact and rugged, is this the ultimate camping phone?

Relatively rugged build ; Compact Design ; Some nice 'outdoorsy' software tweaks

Not waterproof ; Not much smaller than Defy ; Slow processor

gets round this, so that may be your best choice if this is a major concern.

May, 2012

Expert review by : Ian Morris (

Motorola Defy Mini


We reviewed the Motorola Defy+ some time ago, and we didn't care for it. Not at all. So when the Defy Mini arrived, we couldn't see our hearts splitting in half with the love. And we aren't sure why it's called the Defy Mini either, because it's not...

Good sound, rugged enough for most people

Too expensive, underpowered, small screen, quite ugly

There is no reason at all to buy the Defy Mini. Its spec is so underwhelming, that it just can't help but disappoint you. Considering the Defy+ is only another £30, if you really must ignore our advice and get one, you should get the one that is much...

May, 2012

Expert review by : Paul Lamkin (

Motorola Defy Mini pictures and hands-on - Pocket-lint


Over in Las Vegas at CES, tucked away in a deep and dark corner of the Motorola Booth, Pocket-lint spotted the Motorola Defy Mini - one of two budget

Jan, 2012

Expert review by : Sandra Vogel (

Motorola Defy Mini review


A new, small, low cost addition to the Motorola Defy family

Small ; DLNA ; Superb music app ; Attractive price

Small screen ; Poor camera ; Problems with Twitter sync ; Short on internal storage

Buying guide20 best mobile phones in the world today Motorola's original Defy was a winner of an Android smartphone for us, marrying solid build with a neat design and some nice software touches. It was followed by a revamped handset, the Motorola...

May, 2012

Expert review by : Ross Catanzariti (

Motorola Defy Mini Android phone


Motorola Defy Mini review: A rugged Android smartphone for under $200, but still overpriced.

Water resistant ; Some handy widgets ; Good battery life

Sluggish general performance ; Poor user experience ; Overpriced

Jun, 2012

Expert review by : Joseph Hanlon (

Motorola Defy Mini


Motorola's promise of a "life-proof" Defy should resonate with the clumsy and active, alike, but it is worth considering some of the other, better phones in this price range.

Water resistant, dust and shock proof ; Slick redesign ; Decent battery life

Low quality camera ; Sluggish performance

You do have plenty of options at this price point, too. The Huawei Vision might be slightly more expensive, but it offers a larger, clearer screen and faster, general performance. Samsung offers the Galaxy Ace and Galaxy Gio in this category, and if...

May, 2012

Expert review by : Digit Mobile Phones (

Motorola Defy Mini


Motorola Defy Mini Smartphone was launched in February 2012, comes with a 3.2-inch TFT LCD Capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels at a pixel density of 180 pixels per inch. The screen is not protected by a Scratch Resistant display.

Sep, 2012

Expert review by : Gerrit Vermeulen (

Motorola Defy Mini review


Honey, I shrunk the Motorola Defy

Durable ; Excellent battery life ; Cheap

Budget internals ; Laggy ; Android 2.3.6

At a recommended retail price of R1,999, the Motorola Defy Mini sets out to be a cheap, rugged, usable smartphone and it tends to succeed at that.

Jul, 2012

Product Specifications


Battery Capacity:1650
Battery performance:1650
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Standby time (2G):420
Standby time (3G):360
Talk time (2G):9 / 9.67
Talk time (3G):8.2 / 9

Call Management

Call hold: Yes
Call timer: Yes
Call waiting: Yes
Caller ID: Yes
Conference call: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Vibrating alert: Yes
Voice commands: Yes


Auto focus:No / Yes
Built-in camera: Yes
Built-in flash: Yes
Camera Resolution:2048 x 1536
Flash Type:LED
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3
Main camera resolution (numeric):3 / 3.2
Maximum frame rate:30
Rear Camera Resolution:2048 x 1536
Rear camera resolution (numeric):3 / 3.2
Rear camera type:Single camera
Second camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:0.3
Video capture resolution (max):2048 x 1536
Video recording: Yes


Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified:Y
DLNA Certified: Yes


Color of product:Black
Form Factor:Bar


Display Diagonal:3.2
Display number of colors:262144 colours
Display Resolution:480 x 320
Display Type:TFT
Orientation sensor: Yes
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen type:Capacitive


Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes


Internal RAM:0.5


Instant messaging (IM): Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service): Yes
Short Message Service (SMS): Yes


Audio formats supported:AMR, MP3 / MP3
FM radio: Yes
Image formats supported:JPG
Video compression format:H.263, H.264, MPEG4
Video formats supported:H.263,H.264,MPEG4


Assisted GPS (A-GPS): Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
Position location:Y


2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE,GPRS,GSM
3G: Yes
3G bands supported:800,850,900,1700,1900,2100 / 850,1900,2100 / 850,900,1900,2100
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP, OPP, SPP / A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, OPP, SPP
Bluetooth version:2.1 / 2.1+EDR
Data network:3.5G / 3.5G, 3G
EDGE multislot class:12
GPRS multislot class:12
SIM card capability:Single SIM
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Other Features

Camera included: Yes
Java technology: Yes
Music player: Yes
Polyphonic ring: Yes
Ringer type:MP3
Rotating: Yes
Video playback: Yes
Voice recording: Yes
Volume Control:Digital
Wireless connection:Y
Wireless connections: Yes

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Google Maps\nGoogle Maps Navigation\nGoogle Search\nGoogle Talk\nGoogle Mail\nYouTube\n
Cables included:USB
Quick start guide: Yes


Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Flight mode: Yes
Office support: Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:2.3
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar
Proximity sensor: Yes
Video call: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB port:Y
USB version:2.0


Processor frequency:0.6


Office support: Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:2.3


Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Included memory card size:2
Internal memory:120
Internal RAM:512
Internal ROM:512
Internal storage capacity:0.12
Maximum memory card size:32
RAM capacity:0.5
ROM capacity:512
USB mass storage: Yes


Video call: Yes

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