Motorola DEFY MINI, SIM FREE, £59 online and instore @ Tesco
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Motorola DEFY MINI, SIM FREE, £59 online and instore @ Tesco

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Found 9th Jan 2013
Popped in TESCO last night in Martlesham, Suffolk, noticed a load of this phone on the shelfs.
Can't find cheaper elsewhere, even on amazon it is £79.52:
amazon.co.uk/Mot…1-1
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600mhz cpu. I guess it doesn't need much for android 2.3 and a tiny screen of 480 x 320 pixels.

The camera is terrible and only 512mb ram

BUT it's cheap.
Edited by: "renderman" 9th Jan 2013
This is a very good price I was looking out for this phone last year and the Amazon price shot up from £69. Since then it has dropped back to £69 and gone up again, and dropped again this time to £79.

£59 is a bargain.
hotmep

Really what you're paying for with this Defy Mini is the Gorilla scratch … Really what you're paying for with this Defy Mini is the Gorilla scratch resistant glass and its ability to be placed in a glass of water. In Antutu benchmark tests it scores 2395 as stated in this review. The Huawei y201 pro from Tesco currently at £60 scores 3889 as can be seen in this review when you scroll down to the charts.It also features an IPS screen.I'm trying to way up budget phones at the moment and think i'm going to take the plunge with Y201 in the next few hours, but I have have seriously weighed up this Defy Mini due to its water and scratch resistance. If you do buy from Tesco Direct don't forget about the £10 off first order voucher found here on Hotukdeals.



Why would you place it in a glass of water? I would never do that to my phone.
Heat Sink

Why would you place it in a glass of water? I would never do that to my … Why would you place it in a glass of water? I would never do that to my phone.



It makes for a nice party trick, but I think it's really used as an illustration for the phones water resistance.

You can drop this in the sink, in a puddle or in your bowl of cereal and it should come out fine.
Good price.
Not exactly top of the range performance wise, but for a lot of people it will do just fine.
MMM. Tempted as I could do with a cheap Android phone to take kayaking without worrying about getting it too wet (not to actually sumberge it for a long time).
I have had one for about 8 months (asda £79) as a phone it is fine and it is robust and if you switch data off the battery lasts over a week - but as others have noted, the screen is too small for internet.
Motorola phones are good value, IF....you're prepared to root it and upgrade the OS yourself..
I am looking for a new phone for my mother, is something like the G300 better (if still an option/available?) as think the bigger screen might be useful, otherwise this looks perfect.
NitrousUK

Motorola phones are good value, IF....you're prepared to root it and … Motorola phones are good value, IF....you're prepared to root it and upgrade the OS yourself..



I bought one to use as a gps logger, wifi hotspot and emergency phone. It can't actually be rooted or have a custom os. It also could probably only survive a quick dunk in water as it is not fully waterproof, unlike the the bigger defy. It serves my purpose very well as I don't have to worry about it getting damp or being dropped. I would still put it in a sealable sandwich bag if I thought it was going to get very wet.

As a main phone it is lacking. The screen is ok but pretty small and the internal memory is nearly full of Motorola bloatware so there is little space for apps.
I have this phone, absolutely worth £59!
Actually ignore what I said about rooting. It looks like someone has worked out how to do it in the last few weeks since I got the phone. If that is true then I will be able to delete all the Motorola crud and make this work MUCH better as a phone.
seems a great price. HOT!
Just bought from Bristol Eastville for my mother, £59 there
If you want a cheap android phone get the xperia tipo from cpw for £62.96 on an upgrade far better than this for £59.99, running on android 4, 800mhz snapragon processor.
I've just looked on CPW for the xperia, cant see it for £62.96 sim free? can you post a link?
Boz's Sister

I've just looked on CPW for the xperia, cant see it for £62.96 sim free? … I've just looked on CPW for the xperia, cant see it for £62.96 sim free? can you post a link?



carphonewarehouse.com/mob…IPO

asanchez

http://www.carphonewarehouse.com/mobiles/mobile-phones/SONY-XPERIA-TIPO



it says £119 sim free
lizardman

it says £119 sim free



I think he means this, which is an upgrade. hotukdeals.com/dea…645

Still a good price if much better, box not opened on the Defy Mini yet. Might try and find one of these locally if better.
V6ALFISTI

I think he means this, which is an upgrade. … I think he means this, which is an upgrade. http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/sony-xperia-tipo-available-upgrade-instore-payg-carphone-warehouse-62-96-1428645Still a good price if much better, box not opened on the Defy Mini yet. Might try and find one of these locally if better.


how does that work then?
Think I just got the last one in Yeovil, replace her tmob phone with cracked screen, should be fine as not game player or anything nutty.
i have this one and it's very annoying that you cannot install almost any app as it say low memory very soon. Why can't I uninstall facebook and other apps which I don't use at all, shame

Other than that, it's very good. But if xperia tipo is around the same price, I'd go for that one just because of the above point
lizardman

how does that work then?



You need to have an existing pay as you go sim (any network I think), then they allow you to buy without sim and top up requirements for £63
V6ALFISTI

You need to have an existing pay as you go sim (any network I think), … You need to have an existing pay as you go sim (any network I think), then they allow you to buy without sim and top up requirements for £63



I have a PAYG Sim that i have been using for 3 years but its not registered.
lizardman

I have a PAYG Sim that i have been using for 3 years but its not … I have a PAYG Sim that i have been using for 3 years but its not registered.



carphonewarehouse.com/pay…des
Oh dear.
I'm far too meek to own something called "Defy".
I remember when things had sensible names. oO
Speaking of Carphone Warehouse upgrades, i've been trying to get one in store but keep getting refused on sim conditions.

All this despite meeting the requirements specified on their website.

Just gone for this Defy Mini myself as it fits the bill for what I want and I got a further £10 off as a new customer.

A new review has appeared on the Tesco site saying that it comes with a 2GB SD card.

By the way this phone has the same processor and gpu chips as the Xperia Tipo mentioned above, it's just clocked at 200 mhz slower out of the box.
is this better than the LG L3 then?
lizardman

is this better than the LG L3 then?



Same CPU and GPU but again Defy Mini is 200mhz slower.

It does have a better screen than the LG l3:

LG L3 125dpi

Defy Mini 185 dpi

Defy Mini also has more RAM, Gorilla glass scratch resistance and is waterproof.
Edited by: "hotmep" 10th Jan 2013
hotmep

Same CPU and GPU but again Defy Mini is 200mhz slower. It does have a … Same CPU and GPU but again Defy Mini is 200mhz slower. It does have a better screen than the LG l3: LG L3 125dpi Defy Mini 185 dpi Defy Mini also has more RAM.For all phones running on the same CPU chip see here.



can the Mini be overclocked?
I've got this phone i paid £82.00 so £59.00 is a very good price
lizardman

[can the Mini be overclocked?



I'm not 100% sure.

I don't think overclock kernals are available yet, they've only just rooted it.

Through rooting you can install apps to remove bloatware and speed up other things.

It's only a matter of time on the overclocking, but I hear performance is surprisingly good for its browser and running games like 3d racer Raging Thunder 2.

If you are into the modding scene LG L3 is probably the better option right now as you can easily root, install CM9 and overclock.

That's if you can tolerate the bad screen and don't want the Gorilla Glass and Water Proof features of Defy Mini.
davestavros

I bought one to use as a gps logger, wifi hotspot and emergency phone. It … I bought one to use as a gps logger, wifi hotspot and emergency phone. It can't actually be rooted or have a custom os. It also could probably only survive a quick dunk in water as it is not fully waterproof, unlike the the bigger defy. It serves my purpose very well as I don't have to worry about it getting damp or being dropped. I would still put it in a sealable sandwich bag if I thought it was going to get very wet.As a main phone it is lacking. The screen is ok but pretty small and the internal memory is nearly full of Motorola bloatware so there is little space for apps.



That's a shame. I've got the bigger Defy, and whilst the hardware is good and generally rugged design, the software was so old and no sign of motorola ever updating it (they are notorious for this). I managed to update it from Gingerbread to ICS, and it flies along now, and rarely crashes. Was like getting a new phone.
I've got this phone i paid £82.00 so £59.00 is a very good price
is there an easy method to root this and remove all this bloat?
I have a regular defy, got it two years ago, if the mini is anything like the defy then it is a decent budget android handset. Rooting it makes it an excellent phone
lizardman

is there an easy method to root this and remove all this bloat?



This is the most comprehensive guide i've found but the method all depends on whether this Tesco Defy mini has a fastboot loader or not. I'll be able to know when I get it tommorow.

If it has the fastbootloader in its firmware then it is really simple and just a case of dragging a file to an sd card and rebooting.

If it doesn't it looks like it's a little more complicated.

For future reference here is a performance guide for Defy Minis once rooted.
Edited by: "hotmep" 10th Jan 2013
hotmep

This is the most comprehensive guide i've found but the method all … This is the most comprehensive guide i've found but the method all depends on whether this Tesco Defy mini has a fastboot loader or not. I'll be able to know when I get it tommorow. If it has the fastbootloader in its firmware then it is really simple and just a case of dragging a file to an sd card and rebooting.If it doesn't it looks like it's a little more complicated. For future reference here is a performance guide for Defy Minis once rooted.



cheers mate, i'll tinker with it when i have a bit of time.BTW i decided to get this instead of the L3, As for Carphone warehouse you are right they did end up being a waste of time as Upgrade eligibility depends on if the carrier not them so i got knocked back too.
metakim

I have a regular defy, got it two years ago, if the mini is anything like … I have a regular defy, got it two years ago, if the mini is anything like the defy then it is a decent budget android handset. Rooting it makes it an excellent phone


There was a time I actually understood English.
important thing to note : cpu is only 600mhz.
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