Summary: HTC has crafted another beautiful handset in the One mini 2, but we can't help but wonder if it's speedy enough. It's armed with the same processor as Motorola's budget Moto G, but with a much heftier £360 price tag. You do get the solid M8 build though, as well as Boomsound speakers and a camera than sometimes outdoes the original M8's. There are compromises, but its solid chassis makes for an alluring handset that's hard to pass up.
Samsung Galaxy Alpha vs. HTC One mini 2: Metal mania
17 September 2014
Conclusion: The Galaxy Alpha marks a new beginning for Samsung, which HTC may view as trespassing on their premium territory. Samsung may have found a weakness - HTC have a proper full-size flagship but their compact offering feels like a midranger at times. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha has more devices to worry about, the high-profile targets being the Apple iPhone 6 and the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact.
Excerpt: Most of the excitement in the global smartphone market is found at the high end, where premium handsets packed to the gills with cutting-edge technology battle for consumers’ attention in developed markets. As we have now established, however, that’s not where smartphone sales growth is currently coming from. Apple sells more and more iPhones each year and yet its global smartphone market share continues to sink. Why is that?
Summary: Sin ninguna duda, el One mini 2 es un mejor intento de recortar el teléfono estrella que el One mini original. Aunque las características ha sido reducidas, de forma importante en algunas partes, la experiencia global sigue siendo positiva y sigue ofreciendo una gran calidad. Su precio es un gran problema . Se pueden encontrar ofertas en contratos prepago, pero queda muy lejos de ser un terminal económico.
Summary: The HTC One mini 2 is one of the better examples of a mid-ranged version of a flagship smartphone. It has the same premium feel as the M8 with only a few downgrades - namely a lower res screen and no Duo Camera or IR blaster. The camera is a little disappointing but good performance and software balance things out.
HTC One Mini 2 review: A stunning phone that doesn't offer enough for the money
1 July 2014
Summary: With its slick metal body, the HTC One Mini 2 is among the most luxurious compact phones around. HTC, however, has given it a set of specs that put it more alongside the dirt-cheap Moto G than the One M8. This is definitely not the flagship One M8 in a more compact form. If style is of the utmost importance, it's worth checking out, but the Moto G is much better value.
Pros: The HTC One Mini 2 is one of the best looking compact phones around, thanks to its gorgeous metal body. Its screen is decent, its KitKat software is pleasant to use and its camera takes nicer shots than the flagship One M8.
Cons: Many of its key specs, including processing power and screen resolution match the Motorola Moto G, which costs less than half the price of the Mini 2.
Summary: Just like daddy?! HTC's One M8 is one of the most interesting premium smartphones on the market. Now, a model with a smaller screen has been launched, dubbed HTC One Mini 2. Read in our report why the mini does a better job than the more expensive bigger model in some test fields.
Pros: Very well-built chassis, Metal casing, Elegant design, Decent cameras, Great speakers, Good speech quality, The great casing and the superb speakers.
Cons: Difficult maintenance, Screen's bluish cast, Only adequate performance, Tool indispensable for removing micro-SD, A bit more power - please!
Summary: Possibly the best-looking compact phone (apart from the iPhone), the HTC One Mini 2 gives you iconic looks, premium materials and Boomsound speakers. With a decent-sized HD display, quadcore processor and top camera, it's a good all-rounder. But although it costs less than the HTC One M8, it doesn't cost a lot less. We feel that it's rather expensive considering all the cost savings that HTC has made compared to its flagship phone.
Excerpt: It looks like a top tier HTC, but things aren't quite as they seem. Is the new HTC One Mini 2 a downscaled flagship, or simply a mid-range smartphone in a fancy suit? As we mentioned in our hands-on , the One Mini 2 is the latest offering in the 'mini phones' landscape, a slice of the smartphone pie that's grown in popularity immensely over the last year or so, but the recipe has proven difficult to get right, with the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact serving as the most popular...
Pros: Great HD screen, Attractive, premium design, Fantastic user experience, Good connectivity
Cons: Too big to be classed as 'mini', Camera is average, HTC One (M7) is cheaper, better spec
Conclusion: HTC did an excellent job replicating the quality feel of its higher-end offering with the One mini 2. It’s got the finest fit and finish of any “mini” Android smartphone, and it’s a phone we’d recommend to anyone looking for quality construction, a fresh and responsive software build, and best-in-class onboard audio.
Pros: The One mini 2 will launch in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and North Asia in June, and HTC tells us it’ll be , for about £360. That’s significantly cheaper than the £530 Three is , for the One M8 at full retail, and the One mini 2 will certainly come in significantly cheaper upfront with a tariff/contract.
Cons: - this thing’s gonna get your attention., -streaming app, which we did on a recent weekend drive. Mix in about 30 minutes each of light browsing and talk time, and you’re down to 30% after 4 hours. But that’s typical of any device this size – and these figures don’t take into account HTC’s , The One mini 2 will launch in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and North Asia in June, and HTC tells us it’ll be , for about £360. That’s significantly cheaper than the £530 Three...