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Hands-on: Motorola Defy Mini

Motorola downsizes the Defy range with the entry-level Defy Mini. We take a look.

Motorola’s Defy range stood out among a crowded market by offering something different. It was a ruggedised phone, but did not look like a traditional rugged phone. The IP67-cerfified Defy and Defy+ were protected against dust water, and were also tough enougb to withstand being dropped.

Motorola has now extended the range in the entry-level sector. The Defy Mini is a very small and low-spec device that, while not offering too much appeal to the smartphone enthusiast, may do the job for the clumsier casual user.

The Defy Mini is undoubtedly very small, and appears even less obviously ruggedised than its predecessors. It’s not thin, but is still quite compact and fits well in the hand and pocket.

The display, measuring a mere 3.2 inches with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, may not be ideal for extended browsing or typing, while the 600MHz processor equally is unlikely to handle much in the way of Android’s best games.

A three megapixel camera rounds of some uninspiring specs, although the addition of a front facing camera is welcome, as is the inclusion of an above average 1650mAh battery.

The Defy Mini is not a phone for the Android enthusaist; it’s probably best seen in the context of feature phones more than smartphones. Its size, tough build and (hopefully) good battery life may give it some appeal to those that just want their phone to do a job, nothing more.

The Defy Mini will be available from the end of March. It’s available for pre-order from Clove now for £175 SIM-free, and seems a likely candidate for pay-as-you-go deals as well.