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Nearly perfect! Battery sucks

 

Dec 26, 2013 by Sams   updated Mar 24, 2014

I am thrilled with this phone! I thought, it’s just a upgrade, but oh boy, it rocks!

I am upgrading from my Droid 4 (D4). To be honest, I really miss the physical keyboard. But with so many available keyboards in the play store + swype + speech to text, I manage pretty well. I also hate the slippery back of the phone, full of finger prints. I also miss the removable SD card, and the Mini is available with 16gb only. You do get 50 gb online storage free for 2 years, but data charges applies.

But that’s all I have to complain. Otherwise I enjoy everything on this phone. The size is just perfect, feels as comfy in your hand as an iPhone, who needs bigger?

Everything is improved from my Droid 4 – which was not bad at all to begin with. Screen resolution is fantastic (720p over qHD on D4, that's 342 ppi vs. 275!). Size of phone is smaller in all dimensions, but the screen is bigger.

The power and volume keys are excellent & much better than my D4 and among the best I ever tried. Screen color is also so much better than D4 & colors are true to life, no need for the AMOLED oversaturated screens. It’s a bit odd w/ polarized glasses though.

This thing is blazing FAST! Smooth and super responsive. Can’t think of why you would need a faster processor. Probably 5x faster than my D4. Camera is also so much better than my D4 (and activates by shaking the phone). Sound thru speakers can’t match HTC One, but is loud & clear. Would love stereo, though.

This phone is packed with tech, which I wonder how it all fits in this little sleek phone. 'OK Google now' answers all your questions; driving /sleeping mode, migrate & zap, and much more. So many sensors working for u quietly & fast. I keep getting surprises every day!

I got Android 2.2 out of the box, already upgraded to 4.4 KitKat.

Edit: Battery life is really a disappointment. after 3 months, the battery barely last for 3-4 hours, w/o much use. Disappointing!

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droid mini too high tech for its own good

 

Sep 15, 2013 by klemmuh

This phone is by far state of the art. I have enjoyed the face unlock setting, fast internet connectivity, Good screen resolution, awesome camera that activates by shaking the phone, and a lot of developer options I haven't even explored enough to write about. The camera quality is sun part to the I phone, 10mp does not guarantee quality.
I am running Verizon 4Glte, latest version of ice cream. I have struggled with a few glitches. Occasionally the phone will tweak out and try to adjust the time zone on its own until I shut off the screen and force restart. More annoying than that it often doesn't react to motion while on a phone call to Allow me to hang up. I am also not impressed by the battery life. Even when trying to conserve it will not last longer than 24 hours. I look forward to seeing more reviews and others experience with this phone.
Peace,
Kenny

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