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The Droid MINI is the smallest of Verizon's latest batch of Motorola exclusives, and while it cuts some corners to be a budget-friendly handset, it's still a good option for those who need a solid phone at a low price. The MINI's 720p display isn't the best, and though Laptop Magazine says the screen shows "displays bright and vibrant images in sharp detail," they also find "its colors are slightly exaggerated." Unfortunately, the low resolution display doesn't lead to better battery life, with Android Police saying it "isn't fantastic, but it isn't bad." On the other side of the Droid MINI is a 10-megapixel camera that CNET says "nabbed great photos both inside and out in the wild." With a name like MINI, it's no surprise that the phone's best feature is its small size, and phoneArena says the MINI is "quite compact and comfortable to hold." While it isn't the most powerful phone nor does it have the longest battery life, the Droid MINI is still a good compact device for those who need a simple, low cost smartphone.

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Critic reviews

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  • Reception and call quality
    8.0
  • Display
    7.3
  • Battery life
    6.6
  • Camera
    7.0
  • Ease of use
  • Design and form factor
    6.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.0
  • Media support
    6.0
  • Durability
    6.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    8.0

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User reviews

6.5
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8.0
PC Mag Aug 30, 2013

The Motorola Droid Mini is a little less attractive than the similar Moto X, but it's also less expensive.

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7.0
Laptop Magazine Sep 5, 2013

The Motorola Droid Mini offers robust voice controls, a bright display and zippy performance, but its battery life and build quality could be better.

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7.0
CNET Sep 16, 2013

If $100 is the most you can spend, the Motorola Droid Mini will fit the bill, but splurging on the handsome Moto X pays dividends later.

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7.0
Android Police Sep 27, 2013

If you want a smaller phone, the Mini is smaller than most of your Android options, and I honestly think is probably the best "small" Android phone you could choose at the moment.

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Engadget Jul 23, 2013

Moto calls it "compact without compromise," and while there's clearly less screen real estate here than on the larger Droids, it does look like a pretty compelling package.

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Laptop Magazine Jul 23, 2013

The new Droid Mini is the successor to the Droid RAZR M, but it offers all of the same features as its higher end cousins. You get the same X8 mobile computing system, sharing and voice recognition features, along with an identical 10-MP camera.

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Gizmodo Jul 23, 2013

It's basically Honey I Shrunk the Droid Ultra—it's a very similar phone in a smaller package, with the same high-gloss back. The low-end 4.3-inch edge-to-edge display device is $100 and it affords you all the power of a more expensive Droid, only smaller. Extra appealing if you have smaller hands.

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CNET Jul 23, 2013

Unlike the Droid Ultra and Droid Maxx, or even its predecessor the Droid Razr M, the Mini doesn't have an AMOLED screen. As such, the display was less impressive; colors weren't as vivid, and images didn't appear to have as high as a color contrast.

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Pocket-Lint Jul 23, 2013

The handset is a smaller version of the Droid Ultra and Ultra Maxx. Motorola kept calling it a compact device "without compromise." Obviously, users lose some screen space but it still looks like a decent smartphone with the same Kevlar shell as the Droid Ultra and Maxx.

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Android Central Jul 23, 2013

Like last year's RAZR M, Moto's calling the Mini's screen an "edge-to-edge" display, on account of its almost nonexistent horizontal bezels.

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TechRadar Jul 23, 2013

The form, screen quality, operating speed, and price to make it a compelling piece from Motorola up front, though. It's certainly one to watch later this summer.

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Techno Buffalo Jul 23, 2013

The device is smaller than the DROID Maxx and the DROID Ultra, both also unveiled today, but should be ideal for everyone looking for a smaller smartphone that’s easy to control with a single hand.

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Digital Trends Jul 23, 2013

At $100 on contract, the Droid Mini is affordable, but for a small phone, it doesn't skimp on hardware. The Mini is as good as the Droid Ultra in almost every way.

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8.0
dropslash dropslash

I bought this phone solely for it's form factor. I personally love the 4.3" screen size but they are getting more and more difficult to come by without significant compromise in device functionality. The DROID Mini doesn't pull any punches (compared to the MAXX, Ultra, and Moto X) and is nearly...

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5.0
heathero617 heathero617

My mini is 2 weeks old, dropped it in the grass from about 18 inches up, no rocks in sight but the screen shattered like it was thrown into oncoming traffic. Guess i have to pay for a new one because now it doesnt work right at all. Really kinda sad that I'm stuck with this phone that cant even...

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