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HTC HD mini review - HD2 smartphone goodness in a smaller package

Review by Russell Jefferies on Wednesday April 14, 2010.

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Of the four new phones that HTC announced at Mobile World Congress 2010, there was only one Windows Mobile handset. The HTC HD mini is that handset, and aims to offer most of the HTC HD2's functionality, but in a vastly smaller form factor. The HD mini offers a 5 megapixel camera, and features Windows Mobile 6.5.3 with HTC's Sense UI running on top, much like its bigger brother. Of course, the HD mini's screen is smaller and its processor less powerful, but otherwise very little else appears to have changed. Read on to find out how the overall package rounds up.

Physical Aspects

The HTC HD mini is a fairly unassuming device, and takes on the standard black slate form that most touchscreen handsets conform to these days. To set it apart, HTC have left four chunky screws exposed at the rear, near the corners of the phone. This gives the HD mini a rugged, utilitarian look, that helps differentiate it from otherwise similar devices.

Surrounding the screws is a single-piece rear cover. It is coated in a soft touch paint and also covers the sides, top, and bottom. It features a shiny HTC logo, above which is the camera lens for the 5 megapixel camera, and the speakerphone grille. Removing this cover gives access to the battery, SIM card slot, and microSD memory card slot. Interestingly, HTC decided to cover the internals and battery in a bright yellow color that looks quite cool.

Back to the outside, and there's no hint of the yellow internals at all. The front of the handset is one smooth piece of glass, beneath which is the HD mini's 3.2" HVGA (320 x 480 pixel) resolution capacitive touchscreen display and some touch sensitive keys. The screen is bright and adequately legible in direct sunlight, plus it features multi-touch capabilities for pinch zooming in web pages, word documents, PDFs, pictures, and emails. The touch sensitive keys beneath the display offer call send, home, Windows menu, back, and call end functions.

Above the display is the HD mini's earpiece grille, which also conceals an ambient light sensor and proximity sensor, with a notification LED in the screen surround just below it. Just above this, atop the phone, is the power button for sleeping and waking the device, or turning it on and off altogether. Also atop the phone is the HD mini's 3.5mm headphone port. On the bottom of the phone is the micro-USB port for charging and data, the microphone pinhole, and a lanyard fixing point.

Adjusting the earpiece volume is taken care of via the volume rocker on the left edge of the handset. This can also be used for adjusting the ringer volume and system volume. There is nothing else along the left side of the handset, nor is there anything on the right side at all.

The HTC HD mini measures a mere 103.8mm x 57.7mm x 11.7mm (4.09in x 2.27in x .46in) and weighs 110g (3.88oz). Although not the tiniest of phones, it's certainly small when you consider all that's packed into that exterior, and that it's a fully-fledged smartphone, too.

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mee @ 10:39:53AM EDT on Sunday April 25, 2010

slightly uninspiring design ... - can't see a point in there, I am thinking of buying this phone just cause of it's design!

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Russell Jefferies
Russell Jefferies reviews mobile phones for MobileBurn from his home located in Bristol in the United Kingdom.

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