Motorola Defy Mini heads for the UK

The hard-as-nails handset is shortly to be available as a miniature mobile

If you wanted the hardest small phone ever, you’d make it out of diamonds. You also wouldn’t be able to afford it. And it would look naff. That’s why you should consider as a cheaper alternative Motorola’s Defy Mini – Moto’s tough smartphone that’s heading to the UK next month.

Dust-proof, water-resistant and slathered in Corning’s scratchproof Gorilla Glass, the Defy Mini (like its big brothers, the Motorola Defy and Defy+) claims to be able to take more than a spoonful of the rough stuff. And, says Motorola, “for a price that won’t break the bank.”

There’s a 3.2in touchscreen, 3MP camera (and VGA front snapper), GPS and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), plus the usual panoply of music and video capabilities. But while Moto’s Defy Mini claims to be tough, the brains can’t match the brawn – it's running a comparatively weedy 600MHz processor.

Still as long as you’re after a rugged phone and you’re not planning to run into the chess club on your way home from school, Motorola’s Defy Mini could be a good shout. We’ll have more on the price nearer the late-March release date. Cheaper than diamonds, we'll warrant.

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