Motorola DROID Mini

7.9/10 AVG.
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7.9/10
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The Motorola DROID Mini currently has an Informr score of 7.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 4 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

As the smallest phone of the new DROID lineup, the DROID Mini packs plenty of features into a small device. With its lower price point and smaller size, it is an attractive choice for those looking for a capable Android smartphone that won’t break the bank and fits well in your pocket.

While the smaller form factor required a few changes to the hardware in the DROID Mini, it is powered by the same chipset as the DROID Ultra and DROID Maxx. K. T. Bradford of Digital Trends said “On the outside, the Mini looks just like a smaller Droid Ultra and Motorola reps repeatedly told us to think of them as the same phone just in different sizes.”

While the other two phones in the DROID series offer AMOLED displays, the DROID Mini uses a standard 4.3-inch LED display. Apart from a slightly reduced viewing angle, the screens look nearly identical. However, this change does pose some issues with Motorola’s new Active Display technology. Instead of isolating an area of the screen, the entire display must be powered for the feature to work. The smaller screen helps to balance the issue and offer an estimated 28 hours of mixed usage on a single charge.

With the debut of the DROID series and the Moto X, Motorola is showing a shift from bigger is better to designing phones with the user in mind. Active Display and Touchless Controls make it simple to interact with and control the phone, the X8 chipset provides snappy performance and the long battery life makes it possible to spend more time using your phone and less time searching for a power outlet.

If you are looking for the best stats or cutting-edge hardware, the DROID Mini missed the mark. However, if you are looking for a solid phone to check email, play a few games, stream video and post social media updates, the DROID Mini has you covered.

The Good: Great battery life, compact form factor, Active Display, Touchless Controls, simple UI.

The Bad: No MicroSD support, LED display prone to smudges and fingerprints, limited camera options.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.7 GHz
Screen Size
4.3"
Camera
10+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Brighthand

It's for people who want to save a buck, for one, since the Mini is no less powerful or featured than any of its bigger brothers. It's for Google-philes, since Motorola's leveraged its status as "Google's phone company" to make Google Now the centerpiece of the device. It's for people who want Andro...

- Jeff Dunn, Brighthand
Cnet

By all means, it will serve you well if price is your primary concern, but remember that you'll be making some serious design compromises to get that bargain price. The screen that produces low-contrast images in kooky colors is hard to swallow by itself, but the real deal breaker for me is the Mini...

- Brian Bennett, Cnet
The Verge

I'd recommend the Droid Mini over the Ultra, certainly, but you shouldn't buy either one. Small phones are still targeted at placating a segment of the market that doesn’t want a large phone and doesn't demand a first-class experience, but what about the people that do? The Droid Mini comes cl...

- Dann Berg, The Verge
PhoneArena

With a 2-year contract price of $99.99, the Motorola DROID Mini is the most affordable of the new DROIDs, and still has the same X8 processor, software, and features that its larger siblings have. The DROID Mini is truly designed for someone that wants a smaller and more-compact smartphone. Even tho...

- FAUguy, PhoneArena


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Common Questions


Motorola released the DROID Mini on August 29, 2013.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Motorola DROID Mini user manual here.


Motorola backs up the DROID Mini with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
4.3"

The Motorola DROID Mini's screen size is 4.3 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.7 GHz

There is a Motorola X8 Dual core 1.7 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

Camera
10+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 10+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
2000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2000 mAh battery. Motorola's performance ratings are 15 days standby time.

DROID Mini Specs

Overview
Release date August 29, 2013
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/700/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, 1xRTT, EV-DO Rev. A, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean

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Processor Motorola X8 Dual core 1.7 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.02 W/kg
Body: 0.53 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 15 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.2 x 6.1 x 0.9 cm (4.8 x 2.4 x 0.4 in)
Weight 119 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 342 pixels
Size 4.3 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
10+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, RealVideo
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 60 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
Self-portrait
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, Real Audio, WMA, WAV, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, RealVideo
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Google Hangouts, Google Drive, Play Store, Google+, YouTube, Quickoffice)
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Motorola XT1030

- Has built-in Barometer
- Last for 28 hours of mixed usage
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Critic Reviews


Brighthand

The Droid Mini is ugly

from Brighthand

It's for people who want to save a buck, for one, since the Mini is no less powerful or featured than any of its bigger brothers. It's for Google-philes, since Motorola's leveraged its status as "Google's phone company" to make Google Now the centerpiece of the device. It's for people who want An...More

It's for people who want to save a buck, for one, since the Mini is no less powerful or featured than any of its bigger brothers. It's for Google-philes, since Motorola's leveraged its status as "Google's phone company" to make Google Now the centerpiece of the device. It's for people who want Android phones to stop growing, since its 4.3-inch display can safely be operated by any adult hand. And it's for people who don't care about looks, since this phone has been visibly beaten with the ugly stick.

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Cnet

Small, speedy, but not a bargain

from Cnet

By all means, it will serve you well if price is your primary concern, but remember that you'll be making some serious design compromises to get that bargain price. The screen that produces low-contrast images in kooky colors is hard to swallow by itself, but the real deal breaker for me is the M...More

By all means, it will serve you well if price is your primary concern, but remember that you'll be making some serious design compromises to get that bargain price. The screen that produces low-contrast images in kooky colors is hard to swallow by itself, but the real deal breaker for me is the Mini's slippery, fingerprint-prone chassis. That's why I can't in good faith recommend the Droid Mini over the Moto X if you have a bit more room in your budget. For $100 extra it has the same impressive features packed into a device of comparable size and far higher build quality. The final cherry on top is the Moto X's larger AMOLED screen with superior imagery.

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The Verge

Offering nearly identical specs to its larger counterparts for less money

from The Verge

I'd recommend the Droid Mini over the Ultra, certainly, but you shouldn't buy either one. Small phones are still targeted at placating a segment of the market that doesn’t want a large phone and doesn't demand a first-class experience, but what about the people that do? The Droid Mini comes...More

I'd recommend the Droid Mini over the Ultra, certainly, but you shouldn't buy either one. Small phones are still targeted at placating a segment of the market that doesn’t want a large phone and doesn't demand a first-class experience, but what about the people that do? The Droid Mini comes closer than most, offering nearly identical specs to its larger counterparts for less money, but from the poor design to the weak battery life, it just feels carelessly thrown together. The entire time I used the Mini, I wanted to swap it out for the Moto X.

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PhoneArena

Motorola did a nice job balancing form and function with the DROID Mini

from PhoneArena

With a 2-year contract price of $99.99, the Motorola DROID Mini is the most affordable of the new DROIDs, and still has the same X8 processor, software, and features that its larger siblings have. The DROID Mini is truly designed for someone that wants a smaller and more-compact smartphone. Even...More

With a 2-year contract price of $99.99, the Motorola DROID Mini is the most affordable of the new DROIDs, and still has the same X8 processor, software, and features that its larger siblings have. The DROID Mini is truly designed for someone that wants a smaller and more-compact smartphone. Even though the display is 4.3”, which is small by today’s standards, there is no way a larger display would fit, without making the device larger as well. Overall, we believe that Motorola did a nice job balancing form and function with the DROID Mini.

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