EE Harrier Mini review
|Review: May 2015|
In a nutshell: EE's Harrier Mini is a budget 4G smartphone and the cheapest way to access EE's new Wi-Fi Calling service. It's a smart-looking handset with a brushed-metal-effect on the rear, and a large HD screen. Everything else is typical for the price, making it good value at £99 on PAYG.
We recently reviewed the Harrier, EE's second own-branded smartphone, and found it to be a competent 4G phone, but with rather a hefty price-tag. The Harrier Mini costs a lot less, so if it can retain most of the features that made the Harrier fly, it'll be a bargain. Let's take a look.
Design & looks
The Harrier Mini looks exactly like a smaller, but slightly thicker version of the Harrier. It's a smart-looking phone, with a brushed metal effect back panel and a gold ring around the camera. Despite being made of plastic, it looks a lot smarter than many budget phones, and doesn't feel in any way cheap.
It's quite a thick phone however, measuring a whisker under 10mm thick. That's really quite chunky in this age. At the same time it's surprisingly lightweight, weighing in at just over 120g.
Despite its smaller size, the Harrier Mini still manages to pack in a large 4.7 inch screen. It's a HD screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, making it quite sharp. Colour balance is good too, and so is the screen brightness. The display resolution is smaller than the Harrier, but nevertheless it's impressive for the price.
Like the Harrier, the Mini does suffer when it comes to audio quality. The single rear-mounted speaker struggles to deliver any real volume or clarity when listening to music or watching videos.
Unlike the Harrier's 8-core processor, the Harrier Mini is equipped with an entry-level quad-core processor running at 1.2GHz. Performance is just what you'd expect from a low-end smartphone. It should give a smooth response with everyday apps, but it's not a phone for high-end 3D gaming.
The Harrier Mini runs pure Android 5.0 Lollipop, with the addition of an EE app for checking your balance and usage.
The built-in memory is 8GB, which is just half that of the Harrier. Although it does have a microSD memory card expansion slot, 8GB is quite restrictive if you like to download apps. Having said that, you'll struggle to find more memory in a smartphone costing just £100, so this is a fair compromise.
The Harrier has an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with a flash, and can record HD video. The front camera is 2 megapixels. For a budget phone, these are pretty good specs.
The Harrier Mini is 4G-enabled and is compatible with EE's double-speed 4G in areas where this service is available. This gives theoretical download speeds of up to 150Mbps, with perhaps 60Mbps achievable in practice.
The Harrier Mini is also capable of supporting EE's recently-launched Wi-Fi Calling service, with Pay Monthly customers able to use the service from this Summer.
The phone also has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB connections, plus a 3.5mm headphone jack.
As you'd expect, the Harrier Mini has a smaller battery than the Harrier - 2,000mAh instead of 2,500mAh. That's average for a low-end smartphone and should get you through a fairly heavy day of use. Light users will get 2 days between charges.
Conclusion - good value on PAYG
The Harrier Mini is a good value phone, especially on Pay as You Go. Although it's less powerful than the Harrier, it costs about half as much, so we can't complain. On Pay Monthly, you get the added benefit of EE's Wi-Fi calling service, and the Harrier is the cheapest handset that supports this, but the Pay Monthly price is still too high for what you get, in our view.
The Harrier Mini compares well with other low-to-mid-range phones. It's a decent all-rounder, but there isn't anything that really stands out from the crowd. It looks smart and has a good HD screen, but so do phones like the Motorola Moto G, LG G3 S and Microsoft Lumia 640.
Don't get the wrong idea though - we like the EE Harrier Mini a lot and it gets an easy 4 stars from us.
EE Harrier Mini features include:
- Operating system: Android Lollipop
- 8 megapixel camera with flash
- HD video recording
- 2 megapixel front camera
- Display: Touchscreen with 1280 x 720 pixels (4.7 inches)
- aGPS receiver
- Music player
- Processor: Quad-core 1.2Ghz
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro USB, 3.5mm headphone jack
- Memory: 8GB plus microSD memory card slot, 1GB RAM
- Runs on 4G networks, plus Wi-Fi calling
- Size: 138 x 67.9 x 9.5 mm
- Weight: 124g
- Battery: 2000 mAh
Got a question? This is the place to ask it!
Please don't ask a question that has already been asked. Duplicates will be removed.
Is there a torch or flashlight available on the phone?
Asked by John
on 4th Sep 2016
What do i do to answer a call?
Asked by roy foster
on 20th Mar 2016
I need a Manuel Book for this Mobile.
Asked by E.Perry
on 17th Mar 2016
I have had this mobile for 1 week, I am trying to understand how things work. I am shocked that no book is given. How can you use it.
Answers maybe on computers, but you have got to find it first. I am new to this and I am struggling.
Can anyone give me some help, or how can I download the information.
Reply by S21
on 17th Mar 2016
You can find on online user guide for the Harrier Mini here: ee.co.uk/help/phones-and-device/ee/EE-Harrier-mini
EE Harrier Mini user reviews
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Average rating from 15 reviews:
Reviewed by Stevr
on 3rd Sep 2016
Crash's .reboots sometimes twice one after other.worse phone ever.
Reviewed by jay
on 30th Aug 2016
When you have already got the features that will replace your all the other gadgets like your camera, laptop, pen drive etc. These features really likely to happen as the best phone. As is the personality so is the phone you are using. One of the best feature about this phone is that the phone has all features that would strike your replacements as the best thing ever done.
Reviewed by Louie
on 6th Jul 2016
Shockingly poor.....worst phone ever actually....send same text multiple time 60 times being the most...at the moment....can't do anything on it.
Reviewed by Ian
from Wales uk
on 8th Jun 2016
My 1st smartphone, on answering a call phone sometimes cuts off, when ringing out sometimes other side can,t here me + on half sending a text, message jus disappears and I have 2 retype it, GT 2 year contract, wouldn't recommend this phone (harrier mini) internet ok on it.
Reviewed by Mlk
on 2nd Jan 2016
Terrible, terrible phone. Apps crash, everything is painfully slow, screen and side buttons only work intermittently and texts are sent dozens of times. Repair attempts unsuccessful and EE disinterested in doing anything useful.
Reviewed by Annabelle Allen
on 17th Dec 2015
This phone sends multiple texts - up to 20 at a time - and uses all my allowance and credit. EE at first said it must be me sending them all, but then suggested reboot and new sim. That hasn't worked. I'd like my money back.
Reviewed by Peter White
on 27th Nov 2015
The worst phone I've ever owned in 40 years. consistently slow and freezing. Can't download own music to it. Although approaching Three score and ten, have moved with time. Smart phone its not, added to no comprehensive instruction manual online available, avoid it like the plague and don't be smooth talked by smart ar--- EE sales men.
Reviewed by Zoe
on 19th Nov 2015
Worst phone ever! I had a chose of this or a Samsung, I do not like Samsung so went to this phone. Wish I never did!, it look good at first but it takes forever to download things and when I click on a app, sometimes it does not work. Waste of money.
Reviewed by Kirsten
on 22nd Sep 2015
I HATE THIS PHONE!! I HATE EE FOR RECOMMENDING THIS PHONE TO ME!! I HATE EVERYBODY WHO HAS NORMAL DECENT WORKING PHONE WHO ARE ABLE TO TEXT NORMALLY AND IT DOESNT TAKE 9 HOURS TO OPEN AN APP! I USED TO LOVE EVERYTHING AND EVERYBODY!! THIS PHONE MAKES YOU HATE EVERYTHING!! DO NOT BUY IT, DO NOT LISTEN TO EE!!
Reviewed by Anne
on 12th Sep 2015
I hate this phone. Not a good product. Waste of time and money.
Reviewed by Mifa
on 2nd Sep 2015
Load of rubbish. The phone is slow to respond. Apps freeze for no reason. Screen OK but not very touch sensitive. Not easy to make or answer calls as swipe doesn't work first time. Sends repeated SMS to people. Stuck with it as didn't return within 14 days but would NEVER buy one again.
Reviewed by Julieanne Porter
on 28th Aug 2015
I would totally warn any new readers of this review agains this phone. I got it on contract in July, and then in mid-August EE sent through an update and this totally bricked everyones phone. The phone tech people didn't know anything about it, and it seems only some stores seemed to know about the problem.
On the 'EE Community' site some EE representative finally responded by saying we should take it to a store. It's taken a least 2 weeks for some people to get their phones back, and in the meantime EE have refused to respond to any questions we have, such as will we be compensated for loss of phone for the period and more importantly, how can we trust future updates won't cause the same problem? Suffice to say, I won't be accepting any future updates unless I hear from EE.
This is an ok phone, I was reasonably happy with it before this happened. But as you cannot trust EE to give you any information and respond to users questions, I would advise against getting this phone.
Reviewed by Michael
on 2nd Aug 2015
I have had this phone for 3 months now. i find it very hard to use and it often takes a good 5 min to get to make a call due to the phone being so sluggish.
Reviewed by Bruno
on 5th Jul 2015
DO NOT BUY IT! The Harrier Mini simply cannot run Android! Every single app freezes when running on Harrier Mini. I also have the very unpleasant issue of sending 10~15 copies of the same SMS when I text someone. EE support couldn't solve the problem and when trying to talk to someone at the store they've suggested to send the phone away for 3 weeks. But I cannot stay this period without a smart phone. I will just gonna have to wait to buy a phone that can be used.
It's also worth mentioning that its screen gets loads of scratches very easily and it has not enough space for your apps. Sometimes it even crashes when receiving phone calls.
Reviewed by Gappy
on 8th Jun 2015
I'm finding the delay switching between apps very annoying I previously had a Samsung s3 mini and the processor seemed to work much quicker on that despite the tech stuff saying it shouldn't! I'm going to contact ee as maybe mine's just faulty? But I can't put up with the performance i'm getting for the next two years of the contract.