Summary: HTC has made another great Windows Mobile smart phone with the HD Mini, the smaller follow-up to the huge HTC HD2. The Mini packs a capacitive touchscreen, heaps of fantastic features and HTC's shiny Sense user interface into a pint-sized handset.
Cons: Windows Mobile is ugly and confusing when it bursts through the Sense user interface; apps are hard to find and install; less choice of apps than with the iPhone or Android handsets; some features need polishing; Windows Mobile is on its way out, so expect updates and apps to dry up.
Excerpt: The HTC HD Mini is likely to be HTC’s last device to run Windows Mobile. Their focus will soon turn towards Windows Phone 7 as they look ahead to the next generation of smartphone devices. But for now, we have the HD Mini, which is HTC’s only Windows Mobile 6.5.3 device. This slightly new version of Windows Mobile brings native support for capactive multi-touch displays.
Pros: + Capacitive, multitouch display
Cons: - Some third party apps won’t run because of screen resolution
Conclusion: Weighing in at 110g, the HD Mini feels tight in the hands and gives off strength and sturdiness. The four visible screws also play a subconscious part in making it feel stronger than it could be. Clever little trick there, HTC!
Excerpt: The HTC HD Mini is the subject of this review. The HTC HD mini is a high performance phone that is fully customizable. It can do more than just make calls; the HTC HD Mini is a device that connects you to the world.
Conclusion: If you're not bothered about Windows Mobile 6.5's issues then we would also suggest checking out the HTC HD2, which also runs Windows Mobile 6.5, and is a much better phone in our opinion thanks to its enormous screen.
Conclusion: At the end I would specially like to thank Brightex, the Official distribution partners of HTC in Pakistan for providing us with the HD Mini review unit. Our Pakistan readers can pick up the phone from Brightex for Rs. 33,500, which is a whooping Rs. 10,500 cheaper than the similarly spec’d HTC Legend.
Summary: The HTC HD Mini is a very decent device that has a few fundamental flaws preventing it from being classified as a usable phone, which we feel is of utmost important for any handset. The price is also on the higher side, which sadly means, we cannot recommend it.
Pros: Compact and well built, Crisp screen, Sense UI is very functional, Good all round performance
Cons: Over priced, Windows Mobile 6.5 is pretty archaic, Onscreen QWERTY is a joke
HTC HD Mini Review – as good as its bigger brother?
10 May 2010
Excerpt: The HTC HD Mini is the last of the Windows Mobile phones, and the little brother of the HTC HD2, what many people regarded as the best Windows Mobile phone of all time. Sharing many features with its brother, the HD Mini looks nothing like your average Windows Mobile phone, as it uses the same shiny Sense User Interface that you see on most of HTC’s othe rsmartphones, including the HD2, Desire and Hero.
Conclusion: The HTC HD mini is pretty much what a modern-day smartphone should be all about. We are not talking the ultimate of technology, a ridiculously expensive piece of gear to flash around and impress everyone around. We mean a handy working tool that can also keep you entertained. Much more pocket-friendly than the HTC HD2, the HD mini offers a comparable (although admittedly inferior) performance at a lower price.
Pros: 3.2" 65K-color HVGA capacitive touchscreen with multi-touch input, Compact body and bold industrial design, Windows Mobile 6.5.3 Professional OS with Sense UI, Qualcomm MSM7227 600 MHz CPU and 384MB RAM, Quad-band GSM support with dual-band HSDPA 7.2Mbps and HSUPA 2 Mbps, Wi-Fi connectivity, Built-in GPS receiver with A-GPS support, 5 MP autofocus camera with touch focus, VGA video recording at 30fps, microSD card slot, Standard microUSB port and Bluetooth v2.0 with A...
Cons: Poor display sunlight legibility, No dedicated camera key and no lens cover, Card slot under the battery cover, No DivX/XviD video support out-of-the-box, Preloaded CoPilot Live navigation software is a trial version only, No secondary video-call camera, No voice dialing, No handwriting recognition, Unreliable Flash support in IE Mobile