Motorola DROID MINI, Black 16GB (Verizon Wireless)

Motorola DROID MINI, Black 16GB (Verizon Wireless)

Droid Mini embodies all the great features you’d expect from a DROID smartphone in a compact design. Ultra thin 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. Keeping up with the DROID tradition, the DROID MINI gives you what you expect from a DROID on Verizon — intelligence, strength and endurance. It starts with DROID Command Center, an exclusive homescreen widget that enables you to easily access notifications for text messages, missed calls, battery level, and weather. It also serves as the gateway to new features including Wireless Display to mirror what’s on the screen onto a compatible HDTV to play games, browse the Web, and share pictures on a big screen.

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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.

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The Motorola DROID MINI (view larger).

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 — intelligence, strength and endurance. It starts with DROID Command Center, an exclusive homescreen widget that enables you to easily access notifications for text messages, missed calls, battery level, and weather. It also serves as the gateway to new features including Wireless Display to mirror what’s on the screen onto a compatible HDTV to play games, browse the Web, and share pictures on a big screen.

The DROID MINI has 16 GB of internal storage, and its 2000 mAh battery provides up to 28 hours of mixed use based on typical usage patterns.

More Pics in More Places

With the Quick Capture feature, you can access the 10-megapixel camera by shaking the phone twice, then tapping anywhere on the screen to snap a pic or a selfie. The embedded Clear Pixel technology collects more light and snaps pictures up to twice as fast as other phone’s cameras, so you can capture the darkest scenes or stop motion blur in bright light. The rear camera also records Full HD 1080p video and stereo sound, while the front-facing 2-megapixel camera is great for self portraits and video chats.

The 10-megapixel rear camera has a 16:9 aspect ratio and can shoot video at up to Full HD 1080p resolution at 30 fps (frames per second) with slow motion. It also features auto HDR, a panorama option, photo burst, and a 4x digital zoom. The front-facing 2-megapixel camera is great for self portraits and video chats.

DROID Zap Makes Sharing Easy

Sharing with a friend or a group of friends nearby is simple with the DROID Zap feature. Just one gesture sends your content to the cloud, and anyone nearby with an Android phone running Jelly Bean 2.2 or greater can download the media. And if you want to limit who sees your stuff, add a pin code. Seamlessly share the latest memories with your friends and family without the need for wires — or even physical contact.

Touchless Control

The DROID MINI responds to your voice, without you having to touch it. You just have to say: “OK Google Now” and give it a command. You can check messages, set an alarm, get directions, find out the weather, or do just about anything. With just a little training in a quiet room, your DROID MINI learns to recognize your voice. Then it knows you, even when everyone’s talking at once. And thanks to the super low-power natural language processor, your DROID MINI is always ready with a quick response.

Active Display

Even when it seems to be sleeping, your DROID MINI is paying attention. Instead of a blinking light that doesn’t actually tell you anything, information quietly appears on the screen. You don’t have to wake your phone to look at the time or see your messages. But the active display is also smart enough to know when it’s in your pocket or when it’s placed face down so it won’t deliver notifications, saving on battery power. As soon as you take it out of your pocket or turn it over, it discretely pulses with the time and any notifications you’ve received.

When you need a little more info, just touch the notification icon and details will appear on the top and bottom of the screen. Drag the icon up and the app associated with the notification will open. Drag the icon left or right to make them all go away.

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Motorola DROID MINI

Spec Highlights
  • 3G/4G LTE connectivity
  • Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system
  • 1.7 GHz dual-core processor
  • 4.3-inch touchscreen AMOLED display (720 x 1280)
  • 10-MP rear camera (with Full HD 1080p video)
  • Front 2-MP camera for video chats
  • 16 GB storage + 2 GB of RAM
  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.0 LE+ NFC
  • GPS for navigation and location services
  • Up to 28 hours of usage time
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Verizon’s 4G LTE Network

Covering over 90 percent of the U.S. population (287 million people across the country), the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) network provides average download data rates of 5-12 megabits per second (Mbps) and 2-5 Mbps on the uplink in real-world, loaded network environments.

You’ll be able to stream HD movies without the annoyance of constant pauses to buffer the video stream–as well as quickly download HD-quality movies right to your phone in minutes. Additionally, you’ll be able to download a new song file in about 4 seconds or upload a photo to your favorite social networking site in about 6 seconds.

With the enhanced security of 4G LTE, you’ll be able to maximize productivity and efficiency while you’re out of the confines of your office with the ability to tap into most VPN networks with less waiting and faster responsiveness. You’ll be able upload 10 MB presentations back to your team in less than 25 seconds.

In areas serviced only by 3G, you can expect download speeds of 600 Kbps to 1.4 Mbps and upload speeds of 500 to 800 Kbps in Mobile Broadband coverage area.

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Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS

Fast, fluid, and smooth, the Android 4.2 operating system (nicknamed Jelly Bean) offers effortless movement between home screens — like turning the pages of a book. And it includes faster orientation changes, quicker switching between recent apps, and smoother and more consistent rendering throughout your mobile device. And widgets work like magic. As you place widgets on the screen, everything else automatically moves to make room. When they’re too big, widgets resize on their own.

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Browse and download thousands of free and paid apps from around the world via Google Play or the Amazon Appstore for Android.

Smooth Operator. More reactive and uniform touch responses mean you can almost feel the pixels beneath as your finger moves across the screen. .

Live in the Now. With Google Now, you get the right information at just the right time — before you even ask. It can tell you today’s weather before you start your day, or when the next train will arrive as you’re standing on the platform. .

Photo Sphere Camera. Snap pictures in every direction — up, down, and all around you — and have them come together into incredible, immersive photo spheres that put you right inside the scene.

Smarter Keyboard with Gesture Typing. Just glide your finger over the letters you want to type, and lift after each word. You don’t have to worry about spaces because they’re added automatically for you.

Beam Photos and Videos. With Android Beam, you can easily share your photos and videos.

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Google Now.

Amazon app suite

The Amazon app suite is one swipe from the device’s main home screen. Sign in using your Amazon.com account.

Seamless Access to Digital Content and Shopping with Amazon App Suite

The Amazon app suite provides seamless access to Amazon digital content and shopping right from your phone’s home screen. Interact with Amazon digital content you already own, access over 23 million games, books, apps, and songs, as well as shop millions of physical products in a single, fully-integrated, and easy-to-use experience.

All the Content

Get instant access to over 23 million games, books, apps, and songs including all of the most popular Android apps and games, over 20 million songs to download or instantly stream, and over one million Kindle books in the Kindle Store, including New York Times best sellers and new releases.

Seamless Shopping

Instantly access Earth’s biggest selection with millions of physical products available to search or browse with the integrated mobile shopping experience, plus all of the benefits of shopping on Amazon, including personalized recommendations, customer reviews, 1-Click ordering, Prime FREE Two-Day shipping on over 15 million items, and more.

Cross-Category Search

Discover Amazon’s full selection of physical products, Kindle books, music, and apps from a single search directly from your phone’s home screen.

Single Sign In

Enter your Amazon.com login just once to access all of Amazon Mobile Shopping, Kindle, MP3, and Amazon Appstore for Android apps, receive personalized recommendations, and interact with the Amazon digital content you already own right from your phone’s home screen.

1-Click Ordering

Quickly and easily purchase new Kindle books, music, apps, and physical products with Amazon’s 1-Click Ordering, which allows you to skip the shopping cart and checkout process by using the default payment method and shipping address on your account.

“Buy Once, Enjoy Everywhere”

With apps available on the largest number of devices and platforms, Amazon makes it easy for you to access your content anytime, anywhere, from virtually any device or platform you choose. You can read and sync your Kindle books across any device with the Kindle app installed, including Android phones and tablets, Windows 8 tablets, PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, and in your web browser with Kindle Cloud Reader.

World-Class Customer Service

When a customer shops on Amazon, they know they’re getting Amazon’s world-class customer service. Amazon’s customer service just scored 89 on the ForeSee customer satisfaction score – the highest ever attained by a retailer – as well as the highest rating on the 2012 American Consumer Satisfaction Index, and the J.D. Power Customer Service Champion Award. So far in 2012, Kindle customer service has received a 97.1% satisfaction rate from customers. Customers have been shopping on Amazon for 15 years, and they continue to do so because of the unparalleled end-to-end customer experience.

Product Features

  • Display: 4.3-inches
  • Camera: 10-MP
  • Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz
  • OS: Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)

2 thoughts on “Motorola DROID MINI, Black 16GB (Verizon Wireless)

  1. P. Seow "I like robots."
    P. Seow "I like robots." says:

    The Best Mid-Range Smartphone on the Market **KitKat & other software updates: please see bottom of review for a list of changes**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.” 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 use. For me, the Droid Mini lasts about 16 hours under moderate use.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. 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: 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: 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.**Update: 9/10/13**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. However, it makes an loud notification sound (which I can’t control) upon successful connection. This sound will definitely startle…

  2. Kyle "cylem"
    Kyle "cylem" says:

    The new Motorola lineup really deserves a try When the new line of Motorola handsets were announced (droid and moto x) many of us including myself just didn’t seem very impressed. The new features were interesting but the specs just didn’t hold up to the premium price they were asking for. I kind of just ignored them, and went on and bought an LG G2. When I saw the new Motorola lineup had been upgraded to 4.4 already it interested me, and I read some good reviews on them. I previously had a Razr M, I loved the size but it ran surprisingly sluggish, so I looked for a Droid Mini for a good price and snagged one up for a try.Design – If you used last year’s Droid Razr M you won’t be terribly surprised by the Droid Mini’s build. It keeps the same really great design with its edge to edge display and narrowing lip on the bottom. The only big change is they added capacitive buttons on the bottom instead of having onscreen buttons. I for one welcome thing change, it leaves you with all of your screen space, and I personally hit those buttons by mistake a lot less. The material is a bit different, it is more all plastic now and less Kevlar/metal that the other one is. This detracts from the high end feeling a bit but it doesn’t feel bad at all, and the Kevlar texture is still there. Along the back it has the camera in the normal spot, aside a decently large speaker that actually way out performs my S4 or G2 which is downright baffling.Performance – Like I said in the beginning, I was disappointed to see the lower end specs on this. All’s that I can say is Motorola has really put a twist in the specs battle with some fantastic software people. HTC and Samsung both released mini versions of their flagships, however unlike them Motorola kept its flagship specs, making it really the only “premium” smaller device. The Droid mini is hands down the fastest device I have worked with. I have no issues or lag doing much anything or running anything. Performance wise, some websites tested compressing files, and converting videos and the old S4 pro in this beat out the snapdragon 600 in the Galaxy S4, and Htc One. I had a Galaxy S4 and an LG G2 before this and they were fast but really just not as smooth, a lot more hiccups compared to this (more so the S4, my G2 wasn’t so bad). It’s like the Droid mini is running on the final build and the S4 and G2 are running on beta.Software – Here is where a lot of the magic happens. Firstly they have updated it to android 4.4 which is fantastic. Motorola’s new simple but genius software additions are the breath of fresh air in smartphones that I haven’t seen in quite a while. You first notice it when you pick up the phone, it senses you grabbed it and the “active display” shows the time and any notifications so I don’t even have to turn on the phone, or you could flick your wrist and open the camera, like I said, simple and genius. It has the widely known is the touchless control, meaning you can control the phone without having to move a finger. You just say the line “ok google now” and your phone lights up and you can give it a command. One bad thing is A. this phrase is kind of long, it should be just “ok google” and 2. You can’t customize it as far as I can tell. Using the Touchless control basically activates google now, allowing you to text people, get directions, or look up any dumb information like “are seahorses real?” One really awesome command that I found useful if it’s stuck in the couch cushions is you can yell for it “ok google now” and if it hears you then you say “find my phone” it will start spouting out an alarm to find it!Along with those touchless controls you can have it sense when you’re driving and set it to car mode where it will do things like read your text messages out to you automatically. Other cool software additions are you have a control center where you can locate your phone and set off alarms, or wipe it. Then you can get a Chrome plugin that will give you phone and text notifications as well as allowing you to respond to those text messages right from Chrome. I will stop with the software rant, but you get where I’m going, they are really thinking different and it’s good.Storage – Not great for big media users, started with around 10gb right off the bat and no sd card. Coming from my 32gb G2 I was fairly worried. However, after I dropped all my root files, random tv shows that I don’t watch, and tons of giant apps/games that I don’t use I found it easily usable. I have 3 movies, an audiobook, like 6 games, and maybe like 30+ apps installed and I have 4.21gb left. So while I’m not happy by lacking the space and sd slot, I asked myself what I actually use and it worked out just fine.Camera: Like I mentioned earlier, the camera is super easily launched, just grab the phone, flick your wrist and bang there it is. Controls are very minimalistic, you have a video/still button and a front camera switching button. Otherwise you just tap…

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