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Posted by on Jul 13, 2012 in Featured, Reviews | 0 comments

Review: Motorola Mini Defy

Motorola Mini Defy

This team has a 3.2 inch TFT type with a resolution of 320 X 480 pixels, a 3.15 megapixel camera and LED flash along with the possibility of recording videos in VGA quality. In terms of power, the computer has a 600MHz processor, along with 512MB of RAM and MicroSD card support up to 32GB.


2G Network: GSM GPRS EDGE 850/900/1800/1900

3G Network: HSDPA HSUPA UMTS 850/1900

4G: Not Available

Dimensions: 109 x 58.5 x 12.6 mm

Weight: 107 g

Display: 3.2 inch TFT and 256,000 colors. It is of capacitive type, 16:10 image aspect and resolution of 320 X 480 with a pixel density of 180 per inch.

Storage: 512MB internal MicroSD card expandable up to 32GB

Platform: Android OS 2.3.6 Gingerbread

Chipset: Unknown

Processor: 600 MHz

Graphics: No Information

RAM: 512MB

Camera: 3.15 megapixel (2048 X 1536) with LED flash, VGA video recording and VGA front camera

Connector: MicroUSB standard high speed and output audio jack 3.5 mm

Wireless connections: Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and EDR, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Hotspot, DLNA and A-GPS

Battery: 1650 mAh External model HF5X, Li-Ion, operating at 3.8 volts.

Other: Graphical Interface MOTOBLUR, accelerometer, resists water and dust, FM radio with RDS, among others.


The Motorola Defy mini is a lot like his twin brother in design, elegance has almost nothing due to the capabilities of resistance that have the equipment. The Defy Mini is rugged and durable, as the thickness of the team, we can say that equals that of its closest brother, in fact both teams are very similar. Its dimensions are 109 x 58.5 x 12.6 mm. It weighs 107 grams including battery. Verify you have everything well put in place to meet no annoying creaks and Motorola Defy Mini because of its special features is all well-placed, no creaks at all, nothing is loose or something that does not fit well in your place. Now let’s examine its design, part by part: In the front are its 3.2 inch screen, then we see above the Motorola logo, followed by the receiver, VGA front camera and sensors for light environment and approach. Then at the bottom we see four touch keys: Options, Home, Back and Search, followed by the main microphone.

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In the back of the computer, we see mostly the “M” of Motorola, then see the camera accompanied by LED flash and below we see a slider that ensures the protection of the battery cover and the side is the speaker. When removing the lid-which is not easy to do, we can see the battery, and when removed you can see the SIM card reader and MicroSD card.

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Laterally, specifically on the left side, we see only the MicroUSB port, which is protected by a hard rubber cover.

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On the right side, we see the volume keys and special keys for the camera.

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Below, we find nothing at all, while above, we see the power key and the phone jack for audio output 3.5, which is protected

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The Motorola Defy Mini camera is 3.2 megapixels and can capture movies at VGA quality at 25 frames per second and integrating different options to further improve the quality of images and videos. It is also accompanied by a dual LED flash powerful, well-targeted for your photos or videos night, among other options that will improve the outcome.

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The camera that has our protagonist is 3.2 megapixels, includes a powerful LED flash and 4x digital zoom. It also has one more camera for video calls at VGA resolution.

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Available resolutions of the camera are:

  • 3M pixels 2048 X 1944 (4:3)
  • 2M pixels 1600 X 1200 (4:3)
  • 1M Pixels 1280 x 960 (4:3)
  • VGA 640 X 480 (4:3)
  • QVGA 320 X 240 (4:3)

The settings you have available the camera will help you improve a little more current photo quality. I let some of them below:

Scenes> Auto – Portrait – Landscape – Sport – Night Portrait – Sunset – Macro – Take fixed

Effects> Normal – White and black – Negative – Sepia – Solarize – red hue – green hue – blue tint

White balance> Auto – Incandescent – Natural Light – Fluorescent – Light

Anti ringing> 50 Hz – 60 Hz – Automatic

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You can also adjust the exposure value, enable or disable the LED flash, geo-location and image quality. Then we leave you with some test shots taken with our Motorola Defy Mini. Remember to click on them to see them in original size:

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Our protagonist is able to record video at 640 X 480 at 25 frames per second (480p – 4:3). The recorded videos in 3GP format with AVC video codec and audio to 3,916 Kbps AAC 96Kbps, 44.1 kHz, Mono.

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The recording profiles incorporating video mode are:

  • VGA 640 X 480 3916 Kbps – 4:3 – 25 frames – 96.0 Kbps AAC Audio 44.1 KHz Mono
  • CIF 352 X 288 1510 Kbps – 4:3 – 25 frames – 96.0 Kbps AAC Audio 44.1 KHz Mono
  • QVGA 320 X 240 532 Kbps – 4:3 – 15 frames – 32 Kbps 16.0 KHz Audio Mono

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In this mode, you can adjust the white balance, activate or deactivate the flash LED, adjust color effects, and more.


The Motorola Defy Mini has rather limited multimedia capabilities for what they offer today’s smartphones, as such does not play videos in high definition. But for some that is not important, as this smartphone you play the video and audio formats known, so when you’re with your friends by transferring files via Bluetooth, you have no compatibility issues. Formats compatible with the Motorola Defy Mini are: Audio:

MIDI, AAC, AAC +, eAAC +, AMR, M4A, MP2, MP3, MP4, WAV and WMA. Video: 3GP, MP4 and WMV

Codecs: H.263, MPEG4, H263, H263 +, H264, WMV7, WMV8, WMV9, Flash Video, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG4.

Music Player

The music player that incorporates the Motorola Defy Mini is pretty special. Not only you will have a good sound quality, you also have the option of viewing the synchronized lyrics of the song because the player integrates TuneWiki service, so not only have the lyrics of the song, you will also have the cover of the album on the disc the artist you’re listening. Motorola Mini Defy image 18

Unfortunately the sound is not satisfied let me know when you do not have any EQ or even with audio effects. Personally I was expecting the same effects and profiles pre-ecualiz-ed to bring other Motorola devices, such as Defy and RAZR This player also lets you search his videos you’re listening, you can also send a “Blip”, so You can share what song is playing on Twitter. It also incorporates an option, rather a map where you can view the location of other people and know what song they are listening. Are obviously people who are registered on the network TuneWiki. And finally, you can also bring the equipment into an audio source to know the name of the song, more like Shazam, but with the difference that this application is powered by Sound Hound.

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Our protagonist has FM radio with RDS (Radio Data System). The radio interface to the naked eye is pretty simple but does the job. It has excellent sound quality, and equalized the audio out and has good reception. It has unlimited memory to store your favorite stations. Really I have nothing to criticize because the FM radio works great. Motorola Mini Defy image 20

This team also includes SHOUTcast Radio, an online radio service developed by Nullsoft. With SHOUTcast Radio can connect with the best online radio stations of different topics. The service is excellent, and the reproduction is made from the same music player, so you can listen to online radio with equalizer and audio effects, and view album cover and lyric (not synchronized).

Video Player

With the player you can watch videos with a maximum resolution of 640 X 480 at 30 frames per second at most. The player supports 3GP, MP4 and WMV and has no options to improve video playback. Nor has a menu dedicated to video, since access to them must be done from the Gallery menu. I could play videos in DivX and XviD but obviously with other free players you can find on Google Play, but the player from the team was not able to reproduce.

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The browser includes the Motorola Defy Mini load very fast, when you move through a site with much content, the displacement is not 100% due to fluid processor capabilities, but still looks good. As for the browser interface, I must say it is the same as Moto Defy incorporates itself, and includes RRS feed reader.

Because the browser includes Adobe Flash Player 11.1 integrated, you can view any content for Flash Player without any problem, such as online video, online music, online games, advertising … etc.. In the case of YouTube, the videos are 100% fluent in 360p quality. Unfortunately you can not see videos at 480p because they will be slow.


The Motorola Defy Mini GPS works great. With its A-GPS (Assisted GPS), logged in just 11 seconds being outdoors and almost 2 minutes with normal GPS (without internet connection) Like all devices with Android, includes Google Maps and Navigation for To use the GPS. Google Maps works well, is very fluid when scrolling through the maps and you can have 3D view and use the digital compass which incorporates our protagonist. Google Navigation does not work in Chile, but if one seeks more information on Google, achieve it to work.

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The main character screen is 3.2 inch TFT and has a resolution of 320 X 480 pixels. It has 256,000 colors presented on a screen with an aspect ratio of 16:10 (wide format). The multi-touch screen is capacitive type and the sensitivity that has the display is quite good, I must say. The response speed found it more or less not more, plus I met the famous “ghosts” that long ago we saw them, though not as noticeable. The screen visibility outdoors is not all good, though if you increase the screen brightness to maximum, you’ll have a better visibility, especially on cloudy days.

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The Motorola Defy Mini has two audio sources: Headset and speaker. The sound that delivers the handset during a call is not quite as good as I expected. While the audio clarity is good, the headset gives you that annoying sound in the ear if you have it with a volume a little more than moderate. And if one selects the volume to maximum, the audio tends to saturate a bit, but only a little, is not as noticeable.

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Our protagonist has a single speaker, so audio is perceived is in Mono. The speaker is located on the back of the computer and has a small curve so that the sound can bounce off if the computer is on a flat surface and does not lose power and volume. The sound quality delivered by the speaker is good, it has powerful bass rumble coming to the phone, and has a great power in volume, it sounds really bad and the good thing is that the audio is not saturated. I tried to prove that the speaker sounded under water, but it did not sound. So I guess it must have some sort of sensor that captures the team is in the water and therefore does not ring.

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Operating System

Android Gingerbread 2.3.6 is the version of operating system which operates our current shape. The good news is that the system runs very well on this computer, go very fast and I must say that I thought it would not run so well, but the team surprised me. At no time becomes slow. The operating system is customized by the MOTOBLUR interface, which personally I do not like at all, I prefer the version of Ice Cream Sandwich, but still this is not all bad.

Home Screen

The Home Screen has 7 customizable desktop widgets with 17 Motorola Android widgets 11, 12 and 11 wallpapers animated wallpapers, plus shortcuts to paste applications already installed on your computer.

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The Contacts menu remains the same as the other androids, did not differ as other menus. All functions remain the same. You can add a lot of information to a contact. Some of them are: First, Last, add image, number, email, IM address, groups ringtone, management, organization, notes, alias, web site, birthday and anniversary.

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The Multimedia Gallery has no major changes, continues to occupy the design of Cooliris .

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And other applications menu

Here you can see the main menu of equipment which is modified by the interface MOTOBLUR.

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Over here you can see the setup menu:

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On this side we have the notification bar:

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And here we have the numeric keypad:

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The Motorola Defy Mini has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, UMTS / HSDPA / HSUPA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Wi-Fi and DLNA Direct. In addition the team is able to support GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz and GPRS EDGE UMTS HSDPA HSUPA 850/1900.

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The team has good signal reception, while he used it with my provider, I had no problem with the signal. We also tested the Wi-Fi equipment and did not find any problem in its functioning, the network signal was received with great and good data transfer speed. I tried via DLNA media playback and playback was excellent, just to mention that the start was slow, but the rest well.

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We tested the Bluetooth 2.1 transfer an MP3 file of 5.1 MB between our protagonist and the LG Optimus 4x and the transfer was completed – according to our stopwatch – in 50 seconds.


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The external battery is the main character of Li-Ion 1650 mAh at 3.8 volts to operate. According to the manufacturer, the battery provides an autonomy of 504 hours of standby mode without specifying the network. While calls get 10 hours of battery life.

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Unfortunately we did not have the range we expected, but you’ll realize why. Loading test started leaving the team all night. The next day [06:30 - 100% battery] turn on the computer and it immediately connects to the mobile Internet and remains so throughout the day. Then I connect to a Bluetooth headset and leave it playing music with his own player, while I’m using Twitter and Foursquare while I’m directing my work. Finally came to Betazeta Networks [07:30 - 67% of battery] and let the computer connected to mobile internet only, receive notifications and WhatsApp Twitter from time to time. Then I go to lunch [13:30 - 47% of battery] and in that time I occupy your phone to read WhatsApp Twitter and chat. Returning to the office [14:30 - 21% of battery]. Finally the team around 16:00 hours and began to warn that the battery was almost empty and had to load it.

In short, the battery lasts 9 hours.

Author’s opinion

The Motorola Defy Mini is a smart phone is basic, so do not expect to do great things with it, as it has a single 600 MHz processor, so you can not ask for speed. The team proved to be very resistant to the evidence we submitted, so Motorola fulfills the promise in that regard.

Unfortunately I did not like the battery, I think only 9 hours is insufficient for a smartphone.

I did not like either your music player and that I have some kind of equalizer or sound effect to enhance the music file being played.

The camera found it normal, is neither good nor bad, but it is very similar to his older brother’s camera. Would you recommend it? My answer is NO. Why? Because it is a very basic, its processor is not accompanied at all applications and requirements of today, there is also a much better version and that is the Motorola Defy Mini.

The Unmissable

  • Water resistant, dust and shock
  • Full in terms of connectivity
  • Light equipment

The unpresentable

  • Battery of short duration
  • Only display 256,000 colors
  • Music player has no equalizer or audio effects

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