Pros Great screen, fast speed for video loading and gaming, 16GB is internal, screen is an AMOLED but better than a lot of other Amoleds
Cons The phone has shut off a handful of times, I don't like the SIM card underneath the volume keys, and the 16GB (more than enough for me, but not others sometimes) is internal and no room for SD.
Summary I got this as a replacement for my 5C which fell into water-- instead of paying for a replacement, I sold my 5C BROKEN and took my fathers upgrade. Having used iPhones as my last 2 devices, I was ready for a change, and that of course, was a RED Motorola DROID MINI.
The phone shipped from the town I live in, and I received it the next day (unusual of Verizon). I quickly went and wanted to find it's weaknesses and pluses.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that the phone offers an AMOLED screen like a lot of other high end Androids. They made it a little less quality, but the screen seems more vibrant then my last Android (RAZR)
At first the phone feels slippery. It might be i wore it or something but by the second day (when I got my case and screen protector off of eBay in the mail) it didn't feel slippery.
Speed is awesome on this thing. Motorola (whose now going under Google) has optimized Chrome on this phone and made it lightning-speed fast. Pages load fast may it be on WIFI or 4g. Same with Instagram, when I had my iPhone if it was a video or a picture with a ton of graphics it took awhile to load, now with this, it just loads.
The battery is pretty good, but that's about what I can say to summarize the battery. It makes it a day, when I had the RAZR before I refurb'd and sold it, I could get three days. Apparently bloatware is what is slowing it down.
App hiccups can cause restarts of phones, I've noticed this already a handful of times. The preset bloatware updates automatically, and for whatever reason the phone hates this. I don't use those apps (wish I could remove them) but it seems after each update of preloads I have problems with the phone.
I also don't like the SIM card placement. Whoever thought of that at Motorola, really? The volume keys? I pulled the slot out to install my card, and it was FLIMSY. It works for the time being, but if you're a gadget freak as myself is, and switch your devices a ton, it could become unstable.
Another thing I can get around, but dislike is whenever the phone is jostled the clock will come on with a lock underneath of it with any alerts. Alright, that's fine, but I work on computers and the phone is connected to my belt clip, and is jostled when I kneel down, the clock comes on. Can't find out how to disable this! It could probably be the source of my battery problems at times, but not sure.
Overall, I'm happy i went for this phone. i ended up getting it for free with a gift card I had and i got accessories off of eBay, which are pretty much nonexistent for this phone as the phone was launched not long ago. I ended up setting with a Cruzerlite BugDroid Circuit Clear case. I use my old A855 clip holster for when I'm on a job, fits the phone perfectly well.
The camera is an EXCELLENT 10MP. Better than the 8 of the RAZR or iPhone 5c. The flash COULD be better, but works for what it is. I attend a lot of concerts etc, so getting pictures at night is usually whats done, this doesn't provide a ton of light in dark environments.
4.2.2 on this phone works well, however, with the shortcomings I mentioned which mostly SEEM to me to be software related and nothing really wrong with the phone itself, they should release some software update to fix the phone up. At this point, my problems of this phone are merely annoyances at that, and nothing more.
I'm glad I chose it though over some of the higher-end phones, such as the 8X and stuff like that. Once the phone's shortcomings/issues are repaired I'd have no problem giving it a perfect score!
Pros No lag ever. Beautiful screen. Touch-less controls/Active Notifications are great. The speaker is loud, music sounds superb with headphones! Kevlar,Gorilla glass,water resistant nano-coating. Just the right size, not to big but definitely not "mini".
Cons Only 16g. No sd card. The body is a glossy finger print magnet. But not really an issue for me. Who doesn't buy a case to prevent damage ect.? I bought the Incipio NGP case, super slim, good protection on all edges, silky, no fingerprint feel.
Summary Google made a good call buying Motorola. They did a good job with the Mini, I'm very impressed. I'll be buying another in a couple years.
Pros Super fast phone
Cons Poor build quality and it's Gorilla Glass screen is a joke
Summary My iPhone 4s was slowing down and I was generally unhappy with it but still had several months on my plan at Verizon and wanted a new phone. The Verizon Rep suggested this phone on my call with them so I bought it, at full retail price... almost 500.00.... that was a mistake!! I should have read the reviews first. Almost every reviewer said the phone felt so slick in your hand they felt like it would slide out of their hands and hit the ground.
4 days later the phone slid out of my hands and fell about 16 inches. This phone's (with it's Gorilla glass and kevlar body) screen shattered like it had been hit with a sledge hammer. I did not buy the warranty and Verizon will not replace it so it's replace the screen and risk having it break again or eat the 500.00 and go back to the iPhone 5s.
The price of a new screen... almost 200.00 which brings my investment in this brand new phone to almost 800.00.
Do not buy this phone until they fix this obvious design flaw.
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