Motorola DROID Mini
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Motorola DROID Mini

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  • niffcreature

camera has HDR, battery is not removable

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  • 2014-07-26 20:11
  • 8YYP
  • calxbaeddel

camera has HDR

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  • 2014-07-26 20:09
  • 8YYP
  • Anonymous

All in all it a good phone but this is my second replacement of this phone due to the vibration and ringer going in and out and not working when I need it too. But I really like the phone just not the little stuff that goes out.

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  • 2014-07-08 05:02
  • scI{
  • ED

Bought the Motorola DROID Mini 10 days ago. Fantastic phone! The best one in this size!

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  • 2014-06-25 14:29
  • JGxn
  • Davey

> In reply to LevizX @ 2014-05-10 22:26 from sGV@ - click to readSo you are saying it is fully unlocked and I can access the GSM capabilities to use the Droid Mini on T-Mobile, really any GSM Network provided I have the Nano SIM for that provider - nothing else I need to do?

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  • 2014-06-20 02:59
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  • saqi86

Awesome phone super fast ...

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  • 2014-05-24 22:42
  • tPFe
  • jojo jack

greatest mini in market

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  • 2014-05-22 20:20
  • L6ZD
  • LevizX

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2014-05-03 14:43 from 3xp8 - click to readNo it's not locked. 4G/LTE works fine on other networks as long as it has supported LTE band. It has B4/1700 B13/700 so it should work on a few LTE networks, eg T-Mobile USA and Entel Bolivia.

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  • 2014-05-10 22:26
  • sGV@
  • Anonymous

> In reply to rukn @ 2014-05-01 19:07 from 9KBr - click to readit's locked only on 4G to Verizon.
The phone is FACTORY UNLOCKED to GSM Networks 2G and 3G

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  • 2014-05-03 14:43
  • 3xp8
  • rukn

> In reply to MrGadget @ 2014-04-26 04:40 from ijsT - click to readthis model come verizon . i don't think moto make phone for all . really this is very bad . lot of people love moto . but moto not care all . so be sure your phone is unlocked . even verizon need unlock . you can check on ebay . ebay sell unlock phone .

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  • 2014-05-01 19:07
  • 9KBr
  • Anonymous

> In reply to rukn @ 2014-04-30 07:46 from 9KBr - click to readthe phone is gsm factory unlocked. it works with any nano sim on the gsm 2g /3g networks.

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  • 2014-04-30 13:44
  • 3xc3
  • Anonymous

> In reply to rukn @ 2014-04-30 07:50 from 9KBr - click to readyes nano, was a mistake!

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  • 2014-04-30 13:43
  • 3xc3
  • rukn

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2014-04-28 15:30 from 3xCY - click to readsorry man this phone nano sim , same i phone 5 sim . i am using this model . so this is nano sim model .

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  • 2014-04-30 07:50
  • 9KBr
  • rukn

> In reply to MrGadget @ 2014-04-26 04:40 from ijsT - click to readyes you can use . but need unlock phone . this is very good model and size . i am use my self one too . i am using united arab emirate . i received h+ network . net speed super .

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  • 2014-04-30 07:46
  • 9KBr
  • Anonymous

> In reply to MrGadget @ 2014-04-26 04:40 from ijsT - click to readworks on 2g and 3g, it is gsm unlocked for those bands.
No 4g though.
This phone uses a micro sim card.

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  • 2014-04-28 15:30
  • 3xCY
  • MrGadget

Hai guys,I from asia...can this phone use at my country?because it's label for "VERIZON"...please reply me

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  • 2014-04-26 04:40
  • ijsT
  • rukn

> In reply to badcookiecliff @ 2014-04-15 19:43 from j480 - click to readi am using this model now one month . i bought from ebay . this phone is very good . if you want buy this model buy unlock . you named two phone , already i use both . my opinion Motorola droid mini .

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  • 2014-04-23 09:29
  • 985g
  • rukn

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2014-04-21 22:09 from 3xwZ - click to readyes you are right . red look better then black . from ebay i bought black & red . i like red too . sony phone is good but 1/4 display gone for back key & home key so z1 compact good phone but not for low vision person . droid mini good for all . one more good thing moto , all display down . like contact ,sms.call log .search key .hope you agree with me .

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  • 2014-04-22 19:47
  • 985g
  • Anonymous

Got this phone on ebay too, £180 with import taxes and shipping.

I got the red one, which I think looks better than the finger magnet black one.

The bad:

The phone is very slippery, and sweat sticks to it - not good! It feels that if falls to the floor, will break apart; hopefully not. Ordered a cover, let's see if it will look good in it...

The screen, despite being gorgeous, has the red channel to high and pictures on the phone (specially skin colours) always look too red, or overtanned. Red and orange colour are unreal. Skin colour looks unflattering, and you never know how the photos really look in reality, before posting them anywhere.
If all Droid Mini users right to Motorola about this situation, they could issue an update with the option to choose screen mode, such as Samsung S4 for example, which allows to choose different screen colour temperature presets to the taste of each owner.

The camera, despite amazing hardware, is let down by poor software. (the camera hardware is actually capable of recording 4k - ultra hd - videos... and has two processing chips and has 1.4 micron pixels - which to phone camera standards are big! The hardware is good).
Imaging processing can't pull the 10 mgpx resolution, leaving pictures more in comparison to a 5mgpx camera. Also skin processing is smudgy, sometimes people seem to have make up.
The camera chooses iso too high, which induce in a lot of noise and lack of resolution.
The best photos on this phone came from having the HDR option always on, specially inside and at night.
Or another camera app which you can control iso, shutter speed, etc manually... which is a pain in situations you just want the phone to take nice pics in automatic mode.
Since the camera app is updated independently of the phone's os updates, there is hope for the future. In fact, many things got better after the the first camera update, and Motorola should be continuing improving the processing algorithms.

Battery life is not the best. Apparently this will be improved in the next os 4.4.3 update. Still I can get a day and half. (disabling all verizon apps, helps - which also remove them from the app tray. Also don't have "always listening option" enable which preserves battery life and avoids nsa hearing all I say). "Battery life repair" a free app on the store also helps to sort some battery errors.

4G band doesn't work where I live, so stuck to 3G (at least has the fast hsdp 42mbps and not 21 as wrongly described in gsmarena).

Sar levels could be lower.


The Good:

Looks great in black and red.

Phone size is amazing. I feel like I'm holding a phone in my hand, still with all the same capabilities as my S4.
(I'm not against choice and variety, but this thing of getting the screen bigger every year, it is getting ridiculous. At least bring same specs flagship phones with different screen sizes, instead of bring mini variants with dumb down specs).

Very small side and top bezels, and thin profile. Considered buying a Z1 Compact but I wanted a small phone and the Z1 Compact is big and has onscreen buttons, which makes it a 4" screen).

Droid Mini feels great for single hand use, and it is discreet in a jeans pocket.

Amazing screen ratio/ to phone dimensions.
In fact, since the buttons are off-screen, the screen area is basically the same of a 4.7" screen with on-screen buttons (except for photos and videos where the buttons disappear).
The screen has a high pixel density, which makes it clear, and it is very very bright.

The phone is very quick in accessing apps and regular tasks. (Quicker than my S4 Advance with the snapdragon 800). Moto's almost stock android experience is great.

Ram is 2gb, is up there with all top end phones, the phone never hangs with loads of apps opened.
Same graphics Adreno 320 as the regular Samsung S4.

Phone is splash resistant with a nano layer over the electronic components. Moto G and Moto X with the same nano splash resistant layer were submerged under water for 30 mints and were working without any problems. So Droid Mini should be fine too.

Call reception is good and clear.

Listening to audio is great, the sound output through headphones is very vey loud without being distorted; better than S4. Despite being mono, the speaker outputs good clear audio too.

Twist to launch camera app is great.

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Only mini phone out there that tops the Droid Mini is the Z1 Compact, however that has the dimensions of a 4.7" screen phone which counteracts the point of buying a mini phone.

G2 mini recently available goes for about £250 and doesn't have hd screen, has big dimensions, only 1gb ram, despite being quad-core it's a much lower variant that de dual core of the Droid, graphics are not very good etc... Only good thing is 4g.

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Droid Mini is a great phone at a great price. Hopefully Motorola in this year's iteration, will bring a global version of it, or at least make it with all 4g bands. Apart from that only the camera software and screen colours are not great, but both can be resolved with future updates- there's hope.
So, all in all, this phone is F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C!!!

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  • 2014-04-21 22:09
  • 3xwZ
  • mia

i am using this phone 3 week now . i bought from ebay .i am using uae . about network or data , no problem . i received very good network . i used sony z 1 compact , s4 mini ,sony zr . lot of other model but i said moto droid mini is best . best for who love small size powerful phone . this is the best model . if you like big size so moto x is best model . thanks Motorola .the model not wold wide that is the main problem /

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  • 2014-04-20 19:38
  • 9Kqc