Motorola has given the Defy Mini a 1650mAh battery that's good for 580 minutes of talk time and 420 hours on standby. These figures mean little these days when smartphones are used for a whole lot more than talk, of course.

The good news is that the battery really did seem to deliver. When we were indulging in light use, that is. We got more than a day and a half at times when we were making a few calls and browsing the web a little and sending just a few messages.

Motorola Defy Mini review

But leave social media and email sync on, play tunes for a couple of hours a day, watch some video, browse the web and use the GPS and we had to recharge mid afternoon. That's a standard usage pattern for us, and a standard battery life report too.

You've got recourse to a battery saver app if you want to stretch battery life, and can configure this to act as you want it to.

Motorola Defy Mini review

There's quite a lot going on in the Motorola Defy Mini in the connectivity stakes. HSDPA only runs to 7.2Mbps, but that's really fast enough for a handset at this price, and there's also Wi-Fi with hotspot capability, DLNA, media streaming and Bluetooth too.

It's not bad fare, although Moto really does need to fix the MediaSee problem with video streaming, which seems to run across more than one handset (we had the same problem with the Motoluxe).