HTC HD mini Review
When we talk about mobile operating systems, it is well-known to us all that Android is all the rage right now, and there is little place for others in the customers' hearts. Well, don't give up on Windows Mobile 6.5.3 yet, as HTC has once again come to save the day with its Sense user interface.
For those who have not kept a close eye on this topic, we should note that HTC's Sense for Windows Mobile is pretty different from Sense for Android. Basically, Sense for WM is what TouchFLO used to be, with some small graphical and functional tweaks. With the upcoming launch of Windows Phone 7 at the end the year, we see why this software has not moved an inch further since we reviewed the HTC HD2. You still have your homescreen divided into several tabs (HTC's Peep Twitter client is not up by default, but can be activated), which provide you with shortcuts and various kinds of information. So, in a way, you'll rarely have to leave the homescreen.
HTC has done a particularly good job with the Home tab, which lets you quickly access the world clock, alarms, call history, calendar and dialer, as well as up to nine shortcuts to favorite apps, contacts or bookmarks. Everything is very graphically rich, and we especially like the messaging and email tabs, which let you easily preview your different inboxes. The same goes for the photo gallery tab in the HTC HD mini. Even most of the settings are personalized by Sense, allowing you to avoid the unwelcoming Windows Mobile interface almost at all times.
The HTC HD mini runs fairly smooth, but there is some occasional choppiness here and there. Nothing major though.
HTC Sense comes with a nice set of on-screen keyboards, so you should be able to find just your type in both portrait and landscape mode. The 3.2-inch screen of the HTC HD mini does not provide as much room as the HD2's 4.3-inch panel, but still typing is easy enough. As we mentioned above, your messaging deeds will be assisted by the Messages and Mails tabs, which show you previews of your messages. You can then view the full message by simply tapping on the preview.
Working with multiple inboxes is a breeze on the HTC HD mini - you can switch between them in a second. One issue we encountered while trying to set up our personal email was that we needed to restart the phone in order to start receiving and sending any messages. Still, this might have been a precedent.
For quite some time, Opera Mobile has been the default browser in HTC smartphones powered by Windows Mobile (or Windows Phone, it's your call) and the HTC HD mini is not an exception to the rule. Indeed, it provides a better experience, compared to Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Everything from scrolling to double-tap zooming works smooth enough, although not as precise as on the iPhone. You can also use multitouch for fine zooming, but it isn't really thought out. Surprisingly, pinch-to-zoom works better in Internet Explorer, but the disadvantages of this browser like slower loading times and occasional lagging make it the worse option.
You can connect to the internet through Wi-Fi or 3G (where available), as the HTC HD mini supports HSDPA 7.2 Mbit/s and HSUPA 2.0 Mbit/s. This is enough to guarantee some decent online speeds.
You can also turn your phone into a Wi-Fi router. This basically creates a Wi-Fi network using data connection from your carrier. We tried it and managed to successfully connect our Nokia 5530 XpressMusic to the newly-born network. Speeds were good enough to easily surf the web with Opera Mobile, although this will depend on your network coverage.
1. barmalei posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55 0 0
Nice looking compact phone that shares a lot of things inside with HTC HD2, which is a good thing. Too bad they were not able to squeeze in a decent camera. One thing that I am going to miss with a lot of new phones is the presence oh hardware buttons. There are a lot of different situations when it is so much more convenient to push a real button. Also, regarding the WM, I am not sure I share optimism about the upcoming Windows phone 7. As a business user, I don't really mind WM at all, and I am afraid the new OS will be a little bit too much average-consumer oriented. And thank you, fellows, for a nice review, as always (btw, that latest YouTube I Hate Iceland clip frame is a nice touch)!
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