Reviewing the Compact, Long-Running Motorola DROID Mini 4G

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droidminiofficialEvery smartphone shopper loves big displays, but nobody loves a heavy, bulky handset. The trick for smartphone manufacturers is to hit that sweet spot where you offer a large high-resolution screen, and also add a battery which is capable of delivering decent run time without making the phone too big. Also, “thin is in” when it comes to smartphones these days, so many handset manufacturers just make skinny handsets with big displays, and accept the fact that there battery power is not going to be the best. That is definitely not the case with the long-running, compact Motorola Droid Mini 4G Android smartphone.

The Motorola Droid Mini can be purchased at a reduced price starting at $49.99, saving you up to $50 over carrier prices.

Motorola Mobility has effectively designed a slim and light phone that also delivers incredible battery power, yet still offers a large high-resolution screen. The 2,000 mA battery on the Motorola Droid Mini 4G produces up to 28.0 hours of run time after a full charge thanks to several battery conservation features. The display has special light and proximity sensors built-in which help conserve juice, and the hardware package uses a chip set Motorola is calling the X8 Mobile Computing System which is set up in a nontraditional manner, built to speed up the central processor and squeeze every ounce of power out of a single battery charge.

The handset debuted with the Droid Ultra and Droid MAXX from Motorola, and runs on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE system in the US. At $49 on contract, the long-running and compact Motorola Droid Mini 4G has a bargain price tag, and is available through select online retailers at that price. The chip package we mentioned above is a dual core Snapdragon S4 Pro clocked at 1.7 GHz, a separate natural language processor, a standalone computing processor and a powerful quad core GPU. What Motorola has done that is unique is spread many operations across the non-CPU processing cores.

This frees the central processor to focus primarily on more important requests and processes, while simultaneously conserving battery power. Delivering the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system out-of-the-box, the Motorola Droid Mini measures just 4.77 x 2.41 x 0.35 inches (121.25 x 61.3 x 8.9 mm) in size. The weight is light at 4.59 ounces (130 g), and the phone is tough, with a Kevlar fiber body and Gorilla Glass screen protection. The large 4.30 inch LCD display delivers a pixel density of 342 pixels per inch, for an overall resolution of 720 by 1,280 pixels.

Standby battery power lasts approximately two weeks, and the phone does support wireless charging. NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi hotspot wireless connections are on board, and the Motorola Droid Mini 4G offers a full 2.0 GB of RAM memory and 16 GB of built-in data storage space. The rear facing 10.0 megapixel snapper offers a quick capture mode, and records video in 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (1,080P HD resolution). The front facing chat cam is Skype and video call capable, and the Motorola Droid Mini 4G Android smartphone delivers “touchless control” that allows it to recognize your voice commands and power up even when it is in standby mode.

The Droid Mini can be purchased at a discounted price tag now starting at $49.99.

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