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Motorola DEFY MINI

alaTest has collected and analyzed 783 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 also get good comments. Many are negative 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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

Expert review by : Jonathan Morris (

Motorola Defy Mini


Defying all belief

A couple of years ago, this might have been a reasonable offering, with its added dust / water / shock protection. But, it's far too late to be taken seriously now. What's more, it's actually bigger than the original Defy models

May, 2012

Expert review by : Alastair Stevenson (

Motorola Defy Mini review


The Motorola Defy Mini is an almost indestructible handset that compromises performance in the name of durability, with some of its specifications outdated by 2012's standards.

Strong and sturdy, reasonable battery

Design is ugly and uncomfortable in hand, poor camera and slow processor, overpriced

The Defy Mini is a physically sturdy smartphone that lives up to Motorola's "life proof" boasts, but at the cost of usability and performance. Packing a low-end 600MHz single-core processor and a 3MP camera means the device's solid battery and robust...

Apr, 2012

Expert review by : Simon Thomas (

Motorola Defy Mini Review


The Motorola Defy Mini is a neat, sturdy device that can survive a bit of rough handling

Solid but streamlined design; typing experience benefits from Swype keyboard; decent price; shock proof

Average snapper, touchscreen is a tad slow at times and stopped functioning when we dunked the phone in water for a minute

It’s funny how you can get attached to a small phone that you are intent on trying to destroy. While it is not quite up there with its older sibling the Defy Plus, you get a good range of features for the price, great battery life and a sturdy handset...

Apr, 2012

Expert review by : Dave Oliver (

Motorola Defy Mini rugged Android smartphone



The Motorola Defy Mini seems a little like a solution in search of a problem. It’s a bit tough, but then, not very tough. The water resistance may come in handy, but aside from that it’s hard to see how it can defend itself against the elements more...

Mar, 2012

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Motorola Defy Mini


The Motorola Defy Mini does what is says on the tin: it's a pint-sized smartphone with life-proof smarts.

Like its larger Defy+ sibling, Motorola's new Defy Mini handset is water-resistant, dust-proof and touts a scratch resistant Gorilla Glass display. Thanks to its tough plastic casing it should also withstand the nastiest of tumbles.

Jan, 2012

Product Specifications


Battery Capacity: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: Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3
Front camera type:Single camera
Main camera resolution (numeric):3 / 3.2
Maximum frame rate:30
Rear Camera Resolution:2048 x 1536
Rear camera resolution (numeric):3 / 3.2
Second Camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:0.3
Video capture resolution (max):2048 x 1536
Video recording: Yes


Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified: Yes


Colour of product:Black
Form factor:Bar


Display diagonal:8.13
Display number of colours:262144 colours
Display Resolution:480 x 320
Display Type:TFT
Orientation sensor: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen: Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive


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


Internal RAM:0.5


E-mail: Yes
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 formats supported:H.263, H.264, MPEG4
Voice codecs:AMR-NB, AMR-WB


Assisted GPS (A-GPS): Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite): Yes
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
4G: No
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 / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 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: 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 (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:N / Yes
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

Weight & Dimensions

Height :10.9