- Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 0.3 x 5.4 inches ; 4.2 ounces
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
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- ASIN: B00G9FUUCI
- Item model number: DROID MINI
- Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
- Average Customer Review: 188 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,548 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories) Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
- Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
Motorola DROID MINI, Red 16GB (Verizon Wireless)
- Display: 4.3-inches
- Camera: 10-MP
- Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz
- OS: Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
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What is an unlocked phone?
An unlocked phone is a device that is not bound to any carrier or plan. It allows you to choose your phone first and your carrier second. Upon selecting a plan, simply insert the carrier's SIM card into the phone and you're ready to go. If you decide you want to change carriers down the road or want to take an international trip, it's as simple as replacing your existing SIM card with a new SIM and activating your new plan.
What are the benefits of an unlocked phone?
Freedom: Choose the carrier with the best service or price. If you find a better deal later, you have the ability to change to a different carrier.
Travel: Take your phone internationally and use the carrier of your choice. It's as easy as inserting an active SIM card.
Selection: Choose the phone with the features you want, whether or not your carrier sells it, and get more service options without a contract.
How do I set up my unlocked phone?
The first thing you’ll need is a SIM card for your desired carrier. When activated, the SIM card will let your phone connect to your carrier’s network. If you decide to upgrade to a newer unlocked phone in the future, you can easily remove the SIM card from your old phone and put it in your new phone—just make sure you get the right size of SIM card (nano, micro, or standard) for your phone. If you want to use your phone while traveling internationally, you can easily buy a SIM card for a carrier that operates where you’re traveling. As long as it’s activated, you can just swap SIM cards when you arrive at your destination.
Droid Mini embodies all the great features you'd expect from a DROID smartphone in a compact design. Ultrathin and lightweight, DROID MINI is easy to hold and carry yet solidly built to handle life's bumps, scrapes and spills. Its seamless design is reinforced with DuPont KEVLAR fiber and protected by scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass. A Verizon exclusive, the DROID MINI features an edge-to-edge 4.3-inch HD display and ultra-fast connectivity with Verizon's 4G LTE network. Running the Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system, the DROID MINI is powered by the Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System, which includes a software optimized Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (1.7 GHz Dual-Core Krait CPU, quad-core Adreno 320 GPU), a natural language processor, and a contextual computing processor. Keeping up with the DROID tradition, the DROID MINI gives you what you expect from a DROID on Verizon
Service Provider: verizon | Color: Red | Size: 16 GB
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I upgraded from a Droid RAZR that I owned for 2 years and I have no regrets. In fact, I am blown away by how smooth and responsive is the new Droid Mini, in addition to the display quality. Even though it is not a 1080 display, at 4.3 inches, the 720 resolution of the TFT LCD display on the Droid Mini gives it 342 pixels per inch (ppi). It has more ppi than its bigger brothers (the MAXX and Ultra) and even the iPhone 5! What this mean is that the display is very detailed and sharp. Even though the contrast and brightness is not as good as an AMOLED or IPS display, the white balance is more accurate (instead of the yellowish tint typical of Pentile OLED)
Compared to the other "mini" phones on the market (i.e. HTC One Mini), this has the best overall processing capability and the largest RAM. The 2 GB RAM keeps the device snappy even when there are multiple apps running in the background. Even though it only has a dual-core processor, it's one of the fastest one out there. In addition, the quad-core graphics processor allows it to keep up with higher-end flagship phones when running cutting edge games.
There are some cool features that are unique to the new Droids and Moto X: Active Notifications, Touchless Controls, and Quick Capture. Amazon has since included information about these features in the product description, so I'll provide supplemental details:
-Active Display: it works with any app that has push-notifications such as Facebook Messenger.
-Touchless Controls: You can train the phone to respond to "OK, Google" rather than "OK, Google Now." However, there will be more false/accidental activations. Also, if the phone is secured with face unlock, pattern unlock, PIN, or password, you will need to provide the necessary validation in order for Google Now to respond to you. So to keep it "Touchless," the screen lock setting needs to be set to "None" or "Slide".
-Quick Capture: For outdoor shots, I recommend the following camera settings to be activated, HDR and tap to focus. For indoor shots, I recommend those two settings to be turned off to minimize over exposure.
Once activated, all the above features are always on, which could significantly drain the battery if handled by the dual-core processor. To address this problem, Motorola designed two low-powered chips to process these new features. As a result, this phone can last a day under normal conditions. For me, the Droid Mini lasts about 16 hours under moderate use (As of 1/5/2015, the average battery life is now about 8 hours)
Since the phone is provided through Verizon and not directly from Google like the Moto X, there will be bloatware. Thankfully, you can disable the bloatware through the app settings menu, something I couldn't do on the Droid RAZR. There is one app that I actually find to be interesting and useful is Droid Zap. This app allows you to share pictures and videos with people around you (within 1,000 feet) by swiping up on a picture with two fingers. The recipients then open the Droid Zap app (free and only for Android devices) on their phones and two finger swipe down to download the shared picture (or video).
There are a couple things I don't like about my new Droid Mini, but they can be easily addressed. My first complaint is the construction. The Droid RAZR had an aluminum frame that gave it a solid feel, the Droid Mini does not. Also, the Kevlar back is now coated with a clear shiny resin (most likely because it's hydro-dipped plastic). This causes the back of the phone to be covered in finger grease, to a point where I can't even see the Kevlar pattern! So I promptly got a case to cover up that ugliness and to give it better drop protection. Here is the link to the particular case I bought: Incipio MT-269 DualPro Dual Case for Motorola Droid Mini XT1030 - White/Grey - Retail Packing
My second complaint is that it does not have a micro SD slot for expanding storage. For some people, this would be a deal breaker. But thankfully, SanDisk has a wireless USB thumb drive that stores its content on micro SD cards. This is something I'll be getting to expand my Droid Mini's storage capability. Here is the link for those who are interested: SanDisk Connect 16GB Wireless Flash Drive (SDWS2-016G-E57)
Oh, and another thing I'll be getting is a Qi wireless charger, since this phone has a built-in wireless charger receiver. I'll update my review to let you know how well that works.
The Qi Wireless Charger came in and it worked like a charm. It even charged my phone through its protective case. The Droid Mini has a neat on-screen prompt that helped me place the phone properly on the charger. By default, it makes a loud notification sound upon successful connection. This sound will definitely startle your significant other if the phone is placed on the charger in the middle of the night, so make sure to mute the sound. Here is the link to the particular charger I bought: GMYLE (TM) Black White Wireless Mini Charging Pad Mat Qi-enabled Standard Charger (1000mA) for Nokia Lumia 920/920T/925/928/1020, LG Google Nexus 4/5/7 HD, Samsung Galaxy S4, iPhone 5 (US Plug)
After some extended use, I discovered that the Qi charger overheats the phone if used for long charging sessions. Thankfully, the phone has a fail-safe that turns off wireless charging, so no permanent damage was done. To minimize overheating, I try not to charge from less than 25% using the Qi charger.
**KitKat (Android 4.4.2) Update: 3/4/14**
A lot has changed since my last update. The Droid Mini has been upgraded to the latest Android OS and many of its features have been improved. So let's start with where I left off, the wireless charging experience. Motorola has now linked the notification sound with the ringer's volume (yay!) and redesigned the on-screen prompt to display the phone's current battery status.
The camera has been upgraded with the following enhancements:
1. Improved capture of natural light (autowhite balance) and color accuracy for more precise exposure in outdoor and backlit scenes.
2. Faster touch to focus time and reduced unnecessary refocusing in low light conditions and scenes with continuous motion.
3. Shortened the time it takes to switch between rear and front-facing cameras, as well as transition between the viewfinder and the Gallery app.
Droid Mini is now compatible with the Motorola SKIP accessory for easier security via NFC authentication. It basically allows you to skip your PIN or Pattern Unlock by tapping the phone against a NFC tag. Amazon has a selection of colors you can pick from (I went with the red one): Motorola Skip for Moto X - Retail Packaging - Red
You can now say your PIN to unlock your phone when using Touchless Controls (but do you really want people around you to know the code to your phone?)
Tap and pay is now supported through the Google Wallet app. This allows you to pay for stuff by tapping the phone on compatible credit card machines.
Other Android phones can now share pictures (but not videos) through the Droid Zap app. Also, the Zap Zone feature has been added to allow automatic sharing of pictures. In addition, details of use has been released. You can zap up to 20 pictures a minute and the max upload length for a single video is four minutes (Motorola recommends 20 seconds as an ideal length for sharing videos). Lastly, the two finger swipe action does not work in Google+ Photos or other third party photo gallery apps.
**KitKat (Android 4.4.4) Update: 7/30/14**
This update fixed the infamous "Heartbleed" bug in OpenSSL. In addition, the camera was improved with the following enhancements:
1. Improved photos in fluorescent lighting
2. Enhanced dynamic range
3. Ability to pause video recording
A Bluetooth connectivity issue was fixed in this update, but it didn't fixed my Bluetooth problem :-( I use Bluetooth to connect the Droid Mini to my car's entertainment system (a Ford Fiesta), and the mobile apps voice functions haven't been working.
Lastly, three new bloatware were installed in this update: VZ Cloud, Visual Voicemail, and ISIS wallet.
**Lollipop (Android 5.0) Update: 10/15/14**
Motorola officially announced that the Droid Mini will receive the Android Lollipop OS update (yay!) It will most likely be rolled out around January 2015. So far, I'm really impressed by how often and quickly Motorola have been updating the Droid Mini to improve the user experience :-)
**System (23.3.24) Update: 10/30/14**
This update added Verizon's Advanced Calling feature, which allows the Droid Mini to have High Definition calls and video conferencing. It uses Voice over LTE (VoLTE) to accomplish this. Unfortunately, I am not able to use this feature yet because the other phone I'm calling will need to have Advanced Calling as well. Only 6 phones support this feature at the moment, but Verizon is planning to add more.
The initial boot image was changed to remove the wording "A Google Company," since Motorola has been sold to Lenovo.
The wireless charging sound has been changed to a shorter and much more pleasant chime. The previous sounded like a shrill electronic accordion :P
**System (24.3.7) Update: 1/21/15**
This update fixed some bugs related to Advanced Calling.
It doesn't look like Lollipop will be arriving anytime soon for the Droid Mini. It has been confirmed that the Droid Turbo (the successor to the Droid Ultra/Maxx/Mini) will be upgraded to Android 5.1, skipping version 5.0. Most likely the Droid Mini will follow a similar upgrade path, hence the long delay.
Decent camera and feels very comfortable in the hand. Not expensive and should last awhile. Only thing that I wish it had was expandable memory. 16gb internal only gives you around 11gb to work with and once you've downloaded some songs and a few apps you're all out of memory.
Overall this phone does what you want for a good price.