Smartphones get tough with the Motorola Defy Mini and Sony Xperia Go

31 May 2012

The Motorola Defy Mini

The pocket-sized device that goes everywhere with us is now seeing new models that are tougher and more durable, so your smartphone can stand up to just about anything.

The latest smartphone from Motorola Mobility claims to have style, strength and brains, too, plus it sports a reasonable price tag.

The Android Gingerbread-powered Motorola Defy Mini is ‘life-proof’, which means it’s dust-proof and water-resistant, and the 3.2-inch display is made from scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass. Compact in size (109 x 58.5 x 12.6 mm) but big on power, the handset comes with a large-capacity 1650 mAh battery that offers up to 10 hours of talk time.

Other features included a 600MHz processor, 3MP camera, front-facing VGA camera, pre-loaded social networking apps, GPS navigation and MotoSwitch technology, which means the device can learn which songs you love, who you talk to most and which apps you most frequently use and makes these things readily available to you.

Though it’s lower on specs than more high-end models, this handy little number could be ideal for those of us who aren’t so delicate with our devices. Available in Ireland from today, you can pick up a Motorola Defy Mini from Vodafone Ireland starting at €129.99 on pay as you go or from free on bill pay.

But wait, there’s more

Motorola Mobility isn’t the only smartphone manufacturer tapping into the smart but durable market and Sony will follow suit later this year with the Xperia Go. This 3.5-inch display smartphone has received the highest rating for dust and water resistance (IP67) and can withstand immersion between 15cm and 1m for up to 30 minutes.

More powerful than the Defy Mini, the Xperia Go will feature a 1GHz dual-core processor, plus a 5MP camera, but, chances are, these extras will come in the form of a higher price.


Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.