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Motorola's tiny yet potent Droid Mini (pictures)

At $99.99 with a Verizon two-year contract, the Motorola Droid Mini is compact, affordable, and very capable.

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Brian Bennett
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A tiny, mediocre display

The Motorola Droid Mini features a small 4.3-inch LCD screen. Sadly it lacks the high contrast or accurate colors of Motorola's other new phones, namely the Moto X, Droid Ultra, and Droid Maxx.
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Smooth, shiny, but slippery

The back side of the Motorola Droid Mini is smooth to the touch and glossy but is a fingerprint magnet. You can also see here the phone's 10-megapixel camera with LED flash circled by a large speaker.
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A compact profile

Measuring just 0.35 inch thick, the Droid Mini is tiny enough to squeeze into tight places.
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Controls on the right

The right edge of the Motorola Droid Mini holds its only physical controls, a volume bar, and power button.
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Connect over USB

On the bottom lip of the Motorola Droid Mini is a Micro-USB port for charging and transferring files.
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Link headphone cords up top

The Motorola Droid Mini's top edge holds a 3.5mm headphone jack for attaching wired audio devices.
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A secret SIM slot

In an interesting twist, the Droid Mini's volume buttons double as the phone's SIM card slot.
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Pint-size but packing modern Android

Despite its small stature, the Motorola Droid Mini runs Android 4.2.2 powered by Motorola's X8 computing platform.
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See it on the big screen

The Motorola Droid Mini supports Wireless Display technology for pushing screen content to compatible TVs and monitors.
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Share photos with Droid Zap

The Motorola Droid Mini lets you send photos and video to other nearby Android phones via the Droid Zap app.
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Speak your phone commands

Equipped with Motorola's Touchless Control feature, the Droid Mini listens out for your spoken commands.
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Meet Motorola's new camera

Onboard the Droid Mini is the same paired-down camera app you'll find on the Droid Maxx, Droid Ultra, and Moto X.

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