Motorola DROID MINI

78
Global
Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
78

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Engadget Summary

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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User Reviews

80
dropslash
I bought this phone solely for it's form factor. I personally love the 4.3"...read more
50
heathero617
My mini is 2 weeks old, dropped it in the grass from about 18 inches up, no...read more
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Model

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
4.3 inches

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
yes

Power

Standby time (max)
28 hours
Battery type
Li-ion (2000 capacity mAh)

Camera

Camera
yes (10 megapixels) (Records video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash, Contact pictures) (yes)

Location

Location support
yes (GPS, Cellular location, WiFi location, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB

Connectivity

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2) (yes)
UMA support
no
Bluetooth
4.0 (HSP [headset], HFP [hands-free], A2DP [stereo audio], AVRCP [media control], DUN [network sharing], HID [peripherals], OPP / FTP [file transfer], BPP [printing], PAN [ad hoc network])

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA) (AVI, DivX, h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD) (Streaming / internet) (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG)

Messaging

SMS
yes
MMS
yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
yes (POP3, IMAP, Push email)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, IM, Maps, Notes, Stocks, Stopwatch, Tasks / to-dos, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
Other

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
yes (Polyphonic, MP3 / audio, Contact ringtones)
Vibrate mode
yes
Sound profiles
yes

Carriers

Regions offered
North America (US)

Radio type

Comm standard
CDMA, LTE

Display

Screen size
4.3 inches
Screen resolution
1280 x 720
Pixel density
341 PPI
Screen type
OLED (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
no

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (yes) (no)
Voice dial
Yes

Hardware

USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer (motion), Ambient light, Gyroscope, Proximity
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