Excerpt: There may be only a handful of top-tier Android phones on the market at one time, but the mid-range market is constancy flooded with handsets. True, most of these devices feature forgettable designs and specs which would do more good at the bottom of a trash can than inside a phone. But the HTC One ...
Summary: The HTC One Mini is a beautifully constructed handset, and a stark reminder that not every smartphone in 2013 needs to pack a giant screen to stand out. Apple’s doing just fine, thank you, and we’re glad to see another company offering a more reasonably sized alternative with great build quality.
Summary: The HTC One mini has a software suite that’s identical to the HTC One. This means you’ll see Android 4.2.2 loaded out of the box, along with HTC Sense 5.0 and any carrier-specific applications. Some applications that were included on the HTC One, such as the TV app, haven’t been included as the hardware isn’t there to support it, but largely the experience is identical. The HTC One mini is an interesting proposition.
Conclusion: The HTC One mini certainly looks the part, but does it deliver? Absolutely. It’s not perfect, but this more pocketable take on the HTC One is a joy to use and offers users a rich smartphone experience that its rivals may find hard to beat. The size of the device better suits one-handed use and the design retains a flagship appearance for the most part.
Summary: The HTC One Mini is a sexy smartphone that combines a gorgeous 4.3-inch display and powerful front-mounted speakers in a one-hand-friendly package. At $99, the aluminum-clad Mini is $100 cheaper than its bigger brother, but that cost savings comes at the expense of some performance and TV remote control capability (which we can live without). We also would have Galaxy S4see the Mini last longer on a charge.
Summary: The agony of choice. The small version of the HTC One is the manufacturer's deliberate attack on the success story of the Galaxy S Mini series. The HTC One Mini takes up the fight equipped with a 4.3-inch screen, a Snapdragon dual-core SoC and HD resolution. Its opponent is the recently introduced Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini.
Pros: Bright display, Good processing, High-grade material, Stereo loudspeakers, The device seems very high-grade and sturdy due to the usage of aluminum. The slightly higher weight is no burden.
Cons: Non-interchangeable battery, Memory expansion via SD card not possible, Only 1GB RAM, High buying price, Faint display of self-taken photographs, The RRP of 449 Euros (~$599) is clearly too high since the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One are available for a surcharge of nearly 50 and 100 Euros (~$66 and ~$132) respectively. Additionally the same-sized S4 Mini is significantly cheaper.
Conclusion: The HTC One mini sets a great example for how a more compact, cheaper version of an annual flagship should be done. HTC kept the same stellar and recognizable design the One has, and didn't leave out any of the unique features like the best phone speakers or the UltraPixel camera. To achieve a lower price, it only skimped on aspects that are likely to matter less for the average user, like taking away a bit of processing power and memory.
Pros: Premium compact design, Great stereo speakers, Very good display panel
Cons: Uncomfortable side buttons with shallow tactile feedback
Can HTC shrink its best phone without losing the essence of its greatness?
29 July 2013
Summary: My encounter with the HTC One mini underlines the increasing irrelevance of specs to the smartphone user experience. HTC managed to chop the One’s processing credentials in half without introducing any tangible performance shortcomings. The One mini betrays its budget limitations with a disappointing battery and a smaller feature set, but the fundamental experience of using it is nigh on identical to the senior One.
Pros: Best display at this size, Performs as well as the higher-spec One, High build quality
Cons: Poor camera results, Limited battery life, Sense is still a burden rather than a boon
Summary: The basics The HTC One Mini is here, promising cutting edge Android in a beautiful chassis that’s not so large you need two hands and a stylus to operate - a rarity these days. Like its bigger brother the HTC One, it boasts HTC’s own take on Android, Sense, plus a clever new UltraPixel camera, not to mention the slickest full metal jacket outside of Cupertino. But would you really pick one of these over an iPhone? Let’s find out.
Pros: While the HTC One Mini is far from the first shrink-rayed Android super phone, it is the first to look respectable. Compared to Samsung’s plasticky Galaxy S3 Mini and S4 Mini blowers, this is a league above, with a beautiful design and curved metal back. The only difference is the plastic frame, which slightly diminishes the premium feel, but only when you hold it. From a distance, this is the same class act as the HTC One, and worthy of its name, with the same truly ...
Cons: The HTC One’s smaller frame does have some drawbacks: HTC’s only found space for a rather measly 1,800mAh battery, which left us struggling to get through a day of use. There’s also no space for the infrared TV remote control sensor or a microSD card, which is a bit disappointing as you only get 16GB of storage on board, 11GB of which is available to the user - in other words, that’s your limit for storing video, pictures and music and there’s nothing you’ll ever be a...