HTC One Mini review
- Snazzy design
- Great size
- Strong camera
- Slower processor
- Unexceptional display
- Shorter battery life
Update: Following the success of the 'glamour red' HTC One, the brand has unveiled a new 'vivid blue' version of the HTC One and HTC One Mini, available exclusively from Carphone Warehouse from September and mid-October 2013 respectively - check out the gallery for pics...
The HTC One is a gorgeous, powerful smartphone that feels fantastic in the hand thanks to its all-metal back and looks sensational because of the highest-resolution screen yet seen. But its size made it feel just too big for some hands.
While every manufacturer has been cruising towards bigger screens so that 5-inch displays are becoming the norm, HTC recognised that there’s an audience for a well-built, classy phone for those who think the iPhone 5’s 4-inch screen is quite big enough, thank you.
set to go head to head with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and the Nokia Lumia 625, the HTC One Mini is strikingly similar to the HTC One.
The same speakers sitting at top and bottom of the display to offer that Beats Audio Boomsound, same aluminium back with central HTC logo and so on. In fact, if it weren’t for the white plastic edge, you’d be hard put to tell it apart from the bigger phone without a tape measure.
HTC One Mini: Size and build
The white plastic frame, instead of the HTC One’s aluminium edging, is the only element of the new handset that’s less than premium, and even so, it doesn’t look bad, it’s just a slight style change from the original. It’s visually a little more dominant compared to the One where the black screen stretched to the very edges of the screen.
And the glossy edge is arguably more comfortable to the touch. And it’s when you touch it that you really feel the difference. This is a lot lighter (122g instead of 143g) and feels superbly right-sized in your fingers, the gently curving back making it feel thinner than it is. The measurements, if you’d like to know, are 132 x 63.2 x 9.3 mm.
Some of the features on the Mini have been cut back, and one of these is visible. The power button on the HTC One was the infra-red emitter that let the phone work as an actually quite serviceable remote control. That’s been left out of the Mini so the button is the same white plastic as the frame, on the silver version of the phone.
The Mini has the same colour choices as before, Glacial Silver and Black. As last time, this phone is a sealed unit, so there’s no flex or creaking as you move it in your hands.