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HTC HD Mini Review
|| Review: April 2010
Last updated June 2011.
In a nutshell: The HTC HD Mini
is a compact smartphone. Yet despite its small size, it packs
in a decent 3.2 inch touchscreen and all the power of a Windows
smartphone - Outlook Mobile, Office Mobile, Internet Explorer
Mobile and Opera Mobile, plus apps for facebook, twitter and
youtube. Add in a 5 megapixel camera, GPS, Wi-Fi, HSPA, tons
of memory and a big battery, and you'll be amazed at how powerful
such a small device can be. Unfortunately, it seems poor value
when compared to other phones.
Well, hats off to HTC! For several years now they've been churning
out compact Windows Mobile devices like the Touch
3G and Touch 2, and each time we've
said interesting idea, pity the screen is too small. Well, HTC have
finally pulled it off with the HD Mini. Here at last is a genuinely
compact touchscreen smartphone with the power of Windows Mobile 6.5
Professional inside and a large screen too.
Compare the size of the HD Mini with its big brother, the HD2.
It's 20% smaller and 30% lighter. That's a big difference. It's 20%
smaller than the iPhone 3G S too.
So, if you want the power of a Windows smartphone in a pocket-size phone,
then the HD Mini should be top of your list.
Not everyone likes Windows Mobile. We do. It may not have an "app
for everything", but it has all the apps we need. That includes
Microsoft software such as Outlook Mobile (sync email with your PC),
Office Mobile (edit docs on your phone), Internet Explorer Mobile, Bing
for Mobile and Windows Live. You'll also find the Opera Mobile web browser,
a real-time twitter client, facebook and youtube. HTC Sense pulls everything
together, so that you can personalise your home screen, access contacts
easily in a number of different ways and leap between apps in an intuitive
way. You can reply to an email with a voice call, for example. We love
As already mentioned, the screen has been allowed to grow in size to
a full 3.2 inches with a decent resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. It's
a capacitive touchscreen that responds very smoothly to the touch, and
combined with a smart user interface makes it very easy to use. Yes,
so it doesn't have the ultra-high resolution of the HTC
Desire, but that's a much bigger phone after all.
The HD Mini is equipped with a very good set of features. The camera
has a 5 megapixel sensor and autofocus. This is not a camera phone in
the same league as the Sony Ericsson
Vivaz, but it takes pictures that are better than simply snaps.
It can also record video. The music player / media player is Windows
Media Player, so it syncs very easily with the music on your PC, and
is fully featured with excellent audio output through the 3.5mm headphone
The HD Mini has a GPS receiver and can be used for location finding,
geo-tagging of photos and other data, and even for navigation with the
Connectivity scores full marks. With Wi-Fi and HSPA offering ultra-fast
data connections as well as Bluetooth 2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate and
a micro USB socket, the HD Mini has every type of connection we need.
There's a choice of web browser as well as dedicated apps for facebook,
twitter, youtube, etc, so you can stay in touch with everyone and everything
wherever you go.
The battery has a 1200 mAh capacity and delivers impressive performance.
The memory capacity is also very impressive, with 384MB available for
apps and data storage, and the capability of adding microSD cards of
up to 32GB.
So why only a 3 star rating? It's the price! Hardly competitive at
launch, the HD Mini seems to have become more expensive since. And with
the launch of Windows 7, the HD Mini no longer looks like a good option
Features of the HTC HD Mini include:
- 5 megapixel camera with autofocus
- Video recording
- Display: Capacitative touchscreen, 320 x 480 pixels (3.2 inches)
- GPS receiver
- Music player (Windows Media Player)
- FM radio
- Messaging: SMS, EMS, MMS, Email
- MP3 ringtones
- Animated weather wallpaper
- Internet: GPRS, EDGE, HSPA (7.2 Mbps download, 2 Mbps upload), Opera
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate, micro-USB 2.0,
Wi-Fi, 3.5mm audio jack
- Memory: 384 MB RAM plus microSD memory card (up to 32GB)
- Vibration alert
- Quadband GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) plus HSPA/WCDMA (900/2100 MHz)
- Size: 104 x 58 x 11.7 mm
- Weight: 110g
- Talktime: 400 - 435 minutes
- Battery standby: 340 - 500 hours
HTC HD Mini User Reviews
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Average rating from 13 reviews:
Reviewed by Cam from UK on 4th May 2012
Its pretty slow and the bugs in the software make it very frustrating
Also now windows is unsupported so you cannot easily download anymore
I'm looking to get rid very soon after putting up with it for over a
Reviewed by Andrew Little from UK on 13th Nov
This was the worst phone I ever owned. HTC.......NO THANKS!
Reviewed by Chris Draper from UK on 11th Oct 2011
I think this is a pretty awful phone, the software is slow and buggy,
you have to press buttons several times before the screen changes, the
text editor sometimes makes the message you are writing disappear off
the screen, I certainly wouldn't recommend it.
Reviewed by Jack from UK on 12th Aug 2011
Overall this is actually a good phone packed with features. It's nice
and fast, has a bright screen etc. The biggest problem is that the screen
is so ridiculously sensitive that it really spoils the experience of
using the phone. The lightest touch of the screen will result in something
being clicked, and often this happens unintentionally! Very frustrating
to use and there is no way to reduce the sensitivity. I've now sold
the phone and gone back to using my trusty Nokia 5800, much better!
Reviewed by kuiyyt from usa on 22nd Jun 2011
Reviewed by steve from uk on 21st Dec 2010
bad battery bad text where are the apps.
Reviewed by Chris from UK on 22nd Aug 2010
I bought this as a replacement for the HTC Hero which I broke, I also
have an iPhone 3. There is no doubt is is beautifully small and classy
looking phone,great battery life, great screen etc and for the first
48 hours I was impressed. However after the honeymoon period it was
clear that I had the same problems with it that other reviewers have
found - namely texting/e-mailing on the small touchscreen being a nightmare,
predictive text frustratingly bad, bizarre formatting of websites (many
I use just don't load properly at all), and a sort of 'bolted on' Windows
interface which seems unnecessary, and has apps which don't work as
well as the Android or Apple equivalents e.g. Facebook. So, sadly it's
Reviewed by Glen from UK on 21st Aug 2010
Excellent smartphone thats fits in your pocket like a mobile should.
Very easy to set up email and plays youtube videos in HD. Call quality
is excellent and battery lasts 2-3 days. As it runs on windows operating
system it has choice of internet apps. This is a phone worth considering.
Reviewed by Louise from UK on 6th Aug 2010
Love the phone this is the 2nd day now. Where can i get decent free
apps from though?
Reviewed by Paul D from uk on 19th Jul 2010
Strange screen resolution but apart from that it works quite well personally
i get roughly 2 days from the battery by turning unwanted apps and widgets
off gps and google works well and is very usefull
Reviewed by Royal from india on 15th May 2010
i like htc hd mini very much its just outstanding
Reviewed by Peter from UK on 13th May 2010
Am I doing something wrong? I have had this phone for 16 hours made
two phone calls, charged it twice and it has again rtun out of charge!!!
The charger is downstairs and I cannot be bothered to get out of bed
to sort this out! It goes back tomorrow!!!
Reviewed by Ryan Manchester from UK on 8th May
Which mobile have I purchased is it HTC or is it Windows ? The HTC Sense
interface is very cool and easy to use and intuative and also pretty
to look at then flick a switch and this Windows mobile opens up , to
me it would have been better to either have had this mobile run as simply
HTC with Android as with Windows its struggles to decide which it wants
to be , and for the power of the Mini HD it still does not have simple
things like Voice Control/Dialling and the loudspeakers make music and
calls sound tinny and distorted at full volume and the SMS input can
be a pain compared to the iPhone's simplicity but otherwise this mobile
is rather good its pointless writing what I liked about this phone the
whole idea is seeing what a potential new mobile does not have or lack
and then make your choices because to many reviews just praise whats
already known but smaller facts are often missed , Mini HD is a excellent
idea with to me just the wrong partner in Windows.