So, lets jump right into this review. I am ASTOUNDED by this device and how much bang you get for your buck! I bought this phone for my Dad, who was itching to get a smartphone. Say you are in the same situation I was in, and are also looking for a new phone for your dad. It needs to have all the mod cons. A fancy android OS that runs a large part of the of the words app ecosystem, but it needs to be tough and rugged because your Dad could easily break it, but most of all, he doesn't need a supercharged device with dual core processors that cost 350+. You may have seen the Samsung Galaxy XCover, Motorola Defy and Defy+, the JCB Toughphone and a few others, but the price ranges 200+. I will tell you now, LOOK NO FURTHER! This phone is WAY more than what you pay for. Let me outline the specs.
Single Core 600MHZ Processor (which may not seem very powerful, but it surprisingly is)
512MB Of RAM (Which is more than enough for a device of this caliber)
Large Battery Boasting 1650Mah Of Juice (thats typically the mah of large dual core expensive phones)
Wi-Fi (so you can download apps, browse the web, etc on your wireless router at home)
3MP Camera and LED Flash, also used for the torch (which is a pretty decent camera for the price you pay) and front facing VGA camera (for video calls and face mirror)
3.2inch capacitive multi-touchscreen with a resolution of 320x480 and pip (pixels per inch) of 180 (which means the screen is responsive and crystal clear)
Expandable Memory Of Up To 32GB With A Micro SD Slot
MP3, Internet Radio, FM Radio Player, with a 3.5mm jack so you can plug in any headphones that use the same jack (3.5 is the standard and is widely used)
Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread with Motoblur (The most widely used version of android which has been tweaked by motorlola in their motoblur software.
Dust Proof and Water Resistant
This phone may not seem to have the amazing specifications of current generation devices, so I was skeptical at first to see how it would perform. When I booted up the device and started using it, it was pleasantly surprising. The phone set up quickly and easily and prompted me to import all contacts from the sim card into the phone straight after setting up. Motorola has put in some lovely animations that work amazingly smooth and fluid. The phone easily tackle the user interface and opens small light applications quickly with no problem (like phone, calendar, messages, settings etc)
This phone comes with some motorola applications, which includes a pedometer which you can set. It comes with a torch app and Music+ app that downloads lyrics from songs you have if it can, and also connects to internet radio. You can use live wallpapers on this phone, but I found when there were a lot of widgets on the home screen the performance did degrade. However, if you only need a few widgets and not fill up all 7 of the available home screens, there should be no problems.
After seeing the impressive UI, I decided to test how much power this phone really had and downloaded some 3D games to see how they would perform. The first game I tried was Raging Thunder 2, a 3D racing simulator that is processor intensive. Having played the game first on my Mums HTC Wildfire S (which has very similar specs, including a 600MHZ processor and 512Mb of Ram) which was able to run the game, but lagged occasionally. Booting into the game on the DEFY Mini, I had a huge shock. The device swung into action and delivered a butter smooth 3 dimensional gaming experience that I had never seen on a device of its spec. The game was smooth throughout the race, and the responsiveness of the inbuilt accelerometer was very sharp, easily reading the device tilting and controlling the game. Next I opened up a game widely used amongst phone testers/reviews and gamers alike, a game called Riptide GP. This game is another racing game, but features jet ski's. This game is so popular because of the realistic water physics and beautiful graphics. It takes a very huge toll on the phones processor, as it is rendering complex 3D graphics and complex physics at the same time. This game also has been 'Optimised for Tegra 3', which is the latest in mobile graphic technology being used on 450+ phones and tablets, because it brings astounding graphical performance. Having my doubts, I opened up the app expecting the device to be a jerky mess. Again, I was astounded, the device glided through the game with flying colours. I got al the physical responsiveness form the water bobbing my jet ski up and down, and the graphics were not to bad either. The game has some extra graphic options which allow you to change the quality of the graphics in order to get a smoother game or better looking game. The game was automatically set to full. However, there is a compromise to the gaming experience. The graphics themselves, are not super high quality as you would find on a better device, and because of this they are able to be played on these cheaper phones. For someone like my dad, or an elder, they would probably not care about the graphics and just be so happy they can actually play a 3D game on a phone this small. Don't get me wrong, the graphics still look good, but they are not as good as they would be if they were played on a expensive phone.
So, for £80, you get a water resistant, dust proof, shock proof tough rugged phone that takes full advantage of its hardware and delivers great gaming performance for novice, casual gamers. Heck! Even more experienced gamers would be happy enough to play a few games this if they didn't have access to their higher end consoles and devices. Ive read a few reviews that don't give the device the credit it deserves, but I've given you an honest review. I myself, am a very techy person who has high standards when it comes to android phones, and with my experience with them, they just simply are not up to par with the price they go for. With this device, its surpassed all my expectations and preconceptions, and is a very good quality product for the price you pay. If you have any other questions, please comment :) I hope this review will help you.