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HTC One mini Review

Call quality

HTC One mini Review
Voices come loud and clean in the earpiece of the One mini, as HTC simply uses the top BoomSound speaker for that purpose. The other end said the phone's dual-mic setup dealt with noise-cancellation fine, but our voice came through a bit on the low volume side.


Battery

The sealed 1800 mAh battery of the One mini provides enough juice for more than 13 hours of talk time in 3G mode, which is way above average. Tinkering with the phone for the review showed that it will last you the typical day, day and a half with moderate usage.

The issues that HTC One had with power leakage during standby that the company had to fix with a firmware update, are not present on the One mini – we charged the phone fully in the evening, and in eight hours the battery had gone down to 96% only, while connected to a carrier network and with Wi-Fi turned on.


Conclusion

The HTC One mini sets a great example for how a more compact, cheaper version of an annual flagship should be done. HTC kept the same stellar and recognizable design the One has, and didn't leave out any of the unique features like the best phone speakers or the UltraPixel camera.

To achieve a lower price, it only skimped on aspects that are likely to matter less for the average user, like taking away a bit of processing power and memory. We can't even say it skimped on screen resolution, as HD is plenty for the 4.3” diagonal. The lack of the OIS camera tech is also of dubious significance.

The most direct competitor to the HTC One mini is the Galaxy S4 mini, with the same screen size and the mojo of the flagship Galaxy line in its turn. It is just no match, however, in term of design and features to the elegant One mini, not to mention the lower resolution of its Super AMOLED display – all of which doesn't preclude Samsung from selling it for the same price.

Another competitor is Huawei's Ascend P6, which has premium design with ultra slim profile, too, but is a tad larger, and with worse camera and sound quality, though at a slightly lower price.

If you dare to venture outside the Android world, the Nokia Lumia 720 will be a cheaper bet, with a good camera, too, and a microSD slot, but lower screen resolution and smaller app count.

Software: 1.22.401.1

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Pros

  • Premium compact design
  • Great stereo speakers
  • Very good display panel

Cons

  • Uncomfortable side buttons with shallow tactile feedback

PhoneArena Rating:

8.5

User Rating:

8.7
6 Reviews

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39 Comments

jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

nice but looks weird...to tall for my liking anyway it will be a pure joy to see how it will give galaxy mini a run for its money (hopefully!!)

tiara6918

Posts: 2262; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Htc has managed to pull off an excellent mid range device. But the price? Too expensive(off contract on other countries are sold at a very high price)

xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Nice mid-range! R.I.P Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini.

aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Price is too high even though its an HD display + not much storage!

xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

But it's better than the Galaxy S4 Mini in terms of specs, build quality.

hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Not really about the hardward. I saw the Galaxy S4 Mini myself, and it's crisp enough, but this one is an evolved AMOLED with great quality in any aspect. And 1.5GB of RAM brings you a real multi-tasking, not the aggressive task shutting like One Mini. Not to mention about the difference in pric

tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Remember how last year people use to complain about HTC One X's battery life then HTC went on to release HTC One X+ ? Its the same all over again. It again has a meagre 1800 mah to support a 720p display. Whereas GS4 mini may not have the best display but it has 1900mah and does not support a 720p so better battery. It also has better camera, better RAM, FM Radio and a higher clocked CPU, removable battery & a memory card slot ! With regards to build quality only a drop test can confirm that not the material it is built with. And consumers have proven overtime that aluminium/unibody or not they want a removable battery with MicroSD. That's why GS4 sold well ! Also price plays a big role as well ! Use some logic don't blindly follow spec sheet !

lovefist unregistered

I agree with you that this is better than s4 mini but I just can't justify its price on design alone. Nexus 4 and xperia sp is still a better buy than both the s4 mini which looks like crap and this beautifully design phone, although this has lesser ram (which is impt nowadays for more multitasking)

MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

I have a feeling, that GS4 Mini will come out victorious from this battle.

xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

We'll see. Cause there are many awesome mid-rangers like Sony Xperia SP, Motorola Droid Mini, Huawei Ascend P6 etc.

MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

I understand you, but I tell my country´s situation. Where I live (Slovakia), you can´t buy officially Huawei Ascend P6, Motorola is an unknown concept because they are not present here with smartphones. People here really don´t like Sony branded smartphones, HTC is less well-known...And there is Samsung eith humongous marketing campaign...

skyline88

Posts: 696; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

1) non-user replaceable battery 2) no microSD card support 3) no NFC 4) lesser ram + lower processor clock rate 5) hopeless 4MP camera, with whatever fancy UltraPixel gimmick (already proven by its larger brother) lets wait and see which "One" gonna RIP

amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

12 Reasons for the HTC One Mini over s4 mini : -Every pixel has three subpixels -Measurably faster downloads 100 MBits/s -Notably more internal storage -Has stereo speakers -Noticeably faster uploads 50 MBits/s -Has a video light -Lots higher pixel density 341 ppi -Substantially higher resolution 1280x720 px -Has a CMOS sensor -better design -better build quality and premium feel

tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Lol you are trying too hard ! xD

Charlie_boy

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 04, 2013

he's not even trying... just compared it in this site: versus.com

zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

and also lumia 720. wait it is already dead :D

_Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I think the One Mini is a really nice device, but I'd still choose the faster, fresher OS and cheaper Nexus 4, especially after the performance and battery improvements on 4.3. Which just shows how good the Nexus 4 is, I think the Mini is a good device as well.

MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

Same at me! I´m still waiting for a Nexus 4 with 32GB internal storage, and an upgraded camera. I hope they will release it before Nexus 5, that´s my only wish.

GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

This is insane PhoneArena, there are 4 mid-high end phones in the market now with very similar prices, Lumia 720, Xperia ZR, S4 Mini and this HTC One Mini. 2 of those phones got an score of 8.5 and one 9.0.....and of course one with 6.5. Funny enough the cheaper of the four, the one with the better specs, (4.5inch screen, 720p, Water/Dust resistant, Quad core, 2GB Ram, SD slot, 13MPX camera) got the lowest score. Yes we all know what phone was, the Xperia ZR. PhoneArena, for real, what is your problem with Sony???

MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

Well, I think less people find Sony smartphones sympathetic...there are always minor issues with them, despite that specifications on paper usually seems good.

Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

The thing about most Sony devices from what I've seen, is that they may seem like excellent devices on paper, but all of the things that need fine tuning and really make or break a device (camera, display, software, etc.) are sub-par. They're not bad by any means, but definitely not what you would expect from what you read on a spec sheet.

skyline88

Posts: 696; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

Lumia 720 has a price tag of 160 USD lower than S4 Mini in my country. over here, the 720 is as cheap as Galaxy Grand Quattro (yes, the one with quad-core) and S4 Mini is having a same price tag as S3 (the normal S3, not mini) and Galaxy Mega 6.3, even the Lumia 820 is cheaper by 60-70 USD than S4 Mini.

Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Lumia 720: Reviewed by Ray S. S4 Mini: Reviewed by Nick T. One Mini: Reviewed by Daniel P. Xperia ZR: Reviewed by Ray S. Different reviewers have different priorities and biases. It's a damn shame that it has to be this way at PhoneArena, but apparently it does...

yudi.nemesis

Posts: 1127; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

There is no doubt that Xperia ZR is better than One Mini, 720, or S4 Mini. Phonearena reviews and score is just personal opinion without solid proof. you can visit some other site like Gsmarena, or uk.hardware.info if you want to see more detailed and better reviews.

yudi.nemesis

Posts: 1127; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

oh yeah notebookcheck.net also can give you one of the most detailed reviews

MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

Way too big for a Mini device...You can´t expand it with microSD card, and 11 GBs of memory is not enough for everything...Dubious camera...High price ---> Why HTC, why?!

itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice...

flynfree

Posts: 374; Member since: Jun 09, 2013

HTc One mini is bigger and longer than SGS4, how do you call it " m i n i "!? How pathetic! !!

amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

in size both are same.

jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

just look at how much space is wasted at the bottom of the device...boom speakers and htc sign. it's just too big to be considered a mini version. I'd rather buy a regular version or S3 if I were to buy an androphone
One mini
  • Display 4.3" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 1.6 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 1800 mAh(13.27h 3G talk time)

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