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HTC One Mini review

A little slice of the world's best mobile phone.

Our Verdict

So much of the power from the HTC One in a shrunken design - a brilliant phone that gets a lot right.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 16 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 4 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 20.72 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 720
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Great design
  • High-res screen
  • Doesn't need more CPU power

Against

  • Poorer battery
  • Misses image stabilisation
  • Storage too low

Contacts

The HTC One Mini, like its big brother, is excellent for maintaining contact with the people that matter to you. It easily lets you know which people it thinks should be joined together in social networks, and this gives access to great updates all the time when you check into a contact card.

A really nice trick of the HTC family is the ability to pull in high resolution pictures from Facebook, which is a big plus.

While the others can do so from Google+, they eschew the same thing when it comes to other social networks, which is really annoying when you want the more popular profile pic of your friend to pop up when they call, but don't want it to be hideously blurry.

HTC One Mini review

And to offset the times when there is no high resolution picture on offer, HTC has come up with a fun dotted picture that brings a stylised view to the picture, rather than just showing you a bunch of mashed together pixels.

It's a nice touch that adds to the premium feel - and we like the fact HTC calls them 'big pictures' in the settings menu, where you can select whether these are downloaded over Wi-Fi or mobile data too, in order to save your data when chatting to new chums, with a simple tap all it takes to change the choice of pics.

Navigating through the contacts list is as easy as pie. The tab on the right-hand side of the screen is easy to grab so you can scroll up and down the list to find the letter group you're after, and then all the names and pictures are laid out with the new, clean interface on offer from Sense 5.

We like how the interface has been given the BlinkFeed overhaul, with pictures coming through that punctuate the sea of white words on grey background.

HTC is one of the few brands to still integrate picture albums drawn from Facebook into the contact profile as well, and while it might be a slightly unused feature, it's still a great tool to have.

You might find it a little on the hard side to filter out the plethora of contact accounts at times if you don't make the effort to link everyone together, so be warned you might have to put in the man hours at the start of your new phone.

The good news is it's worth it; once you've gone through Twitter, Google+, Facebook you can then get rid of those options from being visible by tapping the icon in the top left-hand corner and only selecting 'Phone' or 'Google'. Oh, and make sure you tag 'only those with phone numbers' in the settings menu. Trust us on that one.

Smart dialling, such a key function of any phone in our opinion, is on offer again in the HTC One Mini, making it so much easier to quickly call up the profile and number of the person you want to get hold of simply by typing in the letters that correspond to their name using the T9 predictive text input method.

Each option comes up quickly, although we would like to see the One being a little more intuitive when it comes to deciding which person to show when there are multiple options for the same combination of numbers - if someone is in our 'favourites' list then it should be top here.

Calling

The call quality on the HTC One Mini is very good indeed, with great audio quality meaning you can always hear what the person on the other end of the phone is saying even on a windy day.

HTC One Mini review

This is largely helped by the inbuilt amp, but the simplicity is what will impress people here: make a call, be able to hear the person on the other end. All we're looking for, really.

It's not as good when it comes to them hearing you in high wind, but that's the only time we had any issue with anyone trying to have a lovely chat with us. Most of the time the noise cancellation was excellent, meaning that everything was clear on both ends.

Signal strength was average, but we experienced no dropped calls, and even with only a single bar available the phone held on well to the network. 3G and 4G were both consistent in our tests, but we'll expand on that in later sections.

There's not a lot of choice when it comes to in call options, but all you really need is the option to move between Bluetooth and handset calling, and that's right there as an easy to hit option.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS, HSPA+
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyOne mini
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100, LTE 800, LTE 1800, LTE 2600
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution4 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Phone StyleBar
ColourSilver
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time20.72 Hour
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution1280 x 720
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)122 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Call FeaturesCall Log
Pixel Density341 ppi
Height132 mm
Width63.2 mm
Depth9.3 mm
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameOne mini Smartphone
Processor Speed1.40 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon 400
Product LineOne mini
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part Number99HVR006-00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
Marketing InformationGood things come in small packages. Boasting the award-winning features and design of its larger counterpart, the HTC One mini has a compact 4.3" (10.9cm) display screen and a slimmer build. Its dual frontal stereo speakers, automatically updating home screen and low-light camera come in a premium metal design that's more compact than ever.
  • One-hand usage. 4.3" display screen and narrow build for convenient single-hand operation.
  • Small size. Massive volume. Built-in amps and dual frontal stereo speakers provide surprising volume and richness.
  • Up-to-the-minute in a blink. Home screen refreshes when you wake up your phone. Stay informed with your favourite content at a glance.
Premium Metal Body: Innovated Design
Constructed from polished metal alloy, the HTC One mini features a compact profile that's designed for easy, one-hand use. Its durable construction is shaped to seamlessly conform to your grip and provide on-the-go convenience for your busy life.

HTC BoomSound™: Amplify Everything
Dual frontal stereo speakers project sound at you, not away, for unrivalled sound from a smartphone. Built-in amps enhance everything so you'll experience louder, fuller, richer sound for a more immersive experience. The only thing small about the HTC One mini is its size.

HTC BlinkFeed™: Updates in a Blink
Enjoy a home screen that updates automatically with over 1,400 content partners.* News, sport, blogs, posts and more display on your home screen constantly. Customise your very own HTC BlinkFeed™ and start connecting to the content that matters most.

HTC Zoe™: Your Gallery Brought to Life
Create a living, breathing photo gallery and show off your memories like never before. Your HTC One mini selects the highlights of an event and crafts a stunning 30-second show. No additional software or editing skills needed. Choose your music theme for additional effect, and release your life movie for everyone to enjoy.
Limited Warranty1 Year