Excerpt: Windows Mobile 6.5.3 is an albatross hanging around the HTC HD Mini 's neck. With the HTC Sense interface, the phone is somewhat usable. But with the wondrous Windows Phone 7 launched, you can't seriously consider the HD Mini right off the bat—so keep that in mind as we discuss the phone from a purely academic perspective. HTC HD Mini - Design & Build: The hardware is great. It's what we've come to know and love from HTC, scaling the HD2 down to a more accessible size.
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.
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.
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.
Summary: First, the HTC Touch HD , then came the HTC HD2 and now, the HTC HD mini. And no, do not mistake the HD moniker for high-definition, because none of these three Windows Mobile devices from HTC can display nor process media resolutions anywhere near the 720p or 1080p range. Yet, it's undeniable that both the Touch HD and HD2 have proven themselves to be adequate performers for mobile multimedia.
Pros: Simple and attractive design, Lightweight and compact, Intuitive interface via HTC Sense UI
Cons: Small screen size for capacitive input, Occasional slowdowns within interface
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