Motorola announced the Motorola Defy Mini here at CES, and we got a chance to test out the rugged entry-level phone that's sparse on features and small in stature.
The most noticeable feature of the Defy Mini is, well, how Mini it is.It comes with a tiny 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen.
Though the Defy Mini is being advertised as a beginners entry into smartphones, it seems to us that trying to type on the screen will be more of an exercise in futility than a learning experience.
The apps switch between horizontal and vertical, depending on how you hold the device. Because it's so small, we suspect many people will hold the phone primarily in landscape, to access a larger keyboard.
There are a few other features equally geared toward a budget phone - a 3MP rear-facing camera with LED flash and a front-facing VGA.
At the very least, mothers and fathers of dirty little children will be happy to find that its both dust-proof and water resistant.
The phone comes with a surprisingly adequate 1650mAh battery, which should keep the phone alive for about 10 hours of talk time. Not bad, we say.
The phone was small enough to feel unique and comfortable in the hand. The size also contributes to the phone feeling as if its truly geared toward a younger audience - perhaps children who desperately want to get their first Android phone.
That's not to say that it won't find a place in the heart who just wants their smartphones to be small and stay out of their way.
The Motorola Defy Mini is set to hit store shelves in Europe, China, and Latin America this February.
Still no word on pricing, but with a feature set like the aforementioned, we wouldn't guess it'll be much.