July 23rd 2013 12:02 pm

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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Reception and call quality No real problems. Verizon in San Francisco rarely presents reception issues and I even get 4G in remote sections north of the city. good
  • Display Due to the screen size, the Pixel Density is an intense 342ppi. Text is amazingly crisp. Colors are bright and vibrant. good
  • Battery life This is a subjective rating. My last phone (HTC Incredible 2) had garbage battery life. The DROID Mini battery life is amazing. All day easy with heavy use. great!
  • Camera I have not been impressed at all with the camera so far, quality or interface. It gets the job done, but it's not really noteworthy. so-so
  • Ease of use Android gets better and better with every iteration. This phone is nearly stock Android, with a few Verizon bits thrown in. great!
  • Design and form factor See below for my comments on size. This phone feels great in the hand (not as good as the Moto X though) and is intelligently designed. good
  • Portability (size / weight) I purchased this device over the Moto X and others based solely on the size. Personally, I find 4.3" to be perfect. It's why I bought this phone. great!
  • Media support No more Flash support, but I'm not sure anyone cares. Android covers it's bases. good
  • Durability I never use phones without a case and screen protector, so durability is significantly enhanced. Phone feels solid though, compact size helps with that. good
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.) A minor thing, but there is an incredibly comfortable case available for this phone that also has a transparent back, perfect for tucking a business card into. great!
Detailed review
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 identical aside from it's smaller physical size (which includes battery size). I am really happy that Motorola and Verizon decided to keep the 4.3" form factor alive.

I've been an HTC device user since my first real smartphone (Eric > Incredible > Incredible 2) and although I do miss aspects of HTC Sense, this phone crushes my old Incredible 2 on every front. I was hesitant to move away from HTC, but I really feel great about the decision to jump to Motorola with this device.
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