HTC HD mini ReviewHTC HD mini 8.5
HTC HD mini is not a great phone. Incoming loudness is fine, but voices tend to lack any natural sounding. Our callers found the volume on their side to be a bit low, with our words not being the easiest to comprehend. Then again, there aren't a lot of smartphones, which actually manage to surprise us pleasantly in this area.
The manufacturer estimates that the battery of the HTC HD mini should be able to keep the phone up and running for about 7.25 hours of talk time and 340 hours (14 days) of stand-by. "Not bad at all", said the cyber junkie and set the brightness to its maximum level.
So is there a reason why you should get a Windows Mobile 6.5.3 handset with Windows Phone 7 coming at the end of the year? Since none of the apps for the current-gen Windows Mobile phones will not work on Windows Phone 7, we believe users should have no hesitations when getting a WM device now. Looking at the existing crop of smartphones running this platform, we have to say the HTC HD mini is a perfect choice, due to its ease of use and reliability. Right now, the HD2 is the undisputed king of Windows phones, but if you're not really into such great sizes, the HD mini is just for you.
It's best alternatives are:
HTC Touch Diamond2 - It is also a very appealing phone, which can offer you similar functionality, but utilizes a resistive screen, which is not that easy and pleasant to use.
HTC Touch Pro2 - There's much more sense in giving the Touch Pro2 as an alternative to the HD mini, rather than the Touch Diamond2, because it sports a full side-sliding QWERTY keyboard, which will be of good use if you type a lot of text messages and emails. Unfortunately, it too lacks a capacitive screen.
- Compact size
- Makes WM easy to use
- Capacitive screen with multitouch
- Solid construction
- Unsatisfying call quality
- No out-of-the-box support for many codecs
- Camera quality is below par
1. barmalei (Posts: 20; Member since: 08 Dec 2009)
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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