• Our HTC One Mini review: The Small One

    Conclusion:



    Like the HTC One, the One Mini has certain features which you have to try to understand. The metal bodyís tactile feel and fit and finish are something you just wonít find on any other phones outside of the HTC One and Appleís metal bodied iPhone.

    Another thing that really stands out are the stereo speakers. While theyíre not quite as loud as most other phones they are on a completely different level when it comes to how they sound. Thereís just nothing else that sounds this good.

    The display is excellent and the camera can do something things that most other phone cameras simply canít.

    That said, Iím slightly disappointed that the One Mini only comes with 1GB of RAM but then again, itís typical of itís competitors so I wonít hold it against it.

    I am genuinely disappointed that it doesnít come with a MicroSD slot which given the excellent display and sound, really goes against HTCís message of outstanding multimedia. Still, 16GB is better than what youíd get with the Moto G so I guess things could be worse.



    In the end, the HTC One Mini does some things well enough that it stands out. Iíll give it a solid 3.5 Howies out of 5

    Pros:
    • metal body
    • great speakers
    • display
    • good low light performance
    • feels good in hand


    Cons:
    • only 1GB RAM
    • no expandable memory
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    Comments 7 Comments
    1. EricSony's Avatar
      EricSony -
      The Samsung S4 Mini has 16gb internal memory, not 8! At least the one I got from Fido does (so the Rogers version most certainly does as well).
    1. howard's Avatar
      howard -
      Quote Originally Posted by EricSony View Post
      The Samsung S4 Mini has 16gb internal memory, not 8! At least the one I got from Fido does (so the Rogers version most certainly does as well).
      Thanks, fixed that. I remembered wrong.
    1. dragon2knight's Avatar
      dragon2knight -
      These "mini" versions of their bigger counterparts are....cute, but overpriced. For what they are asking for them you might as well wait a bit longer and just get their bigger brothers. Better resale value to boot. There are some great choices now in the $200.00 and under club, with the Moto G being the tip of the iceberg. Samsung has the Light, Alcatel has a few contenders, and the Nexus is always looming at not too much more than that.
      I guess if your looking for smaller, then these might be a good item to consider, but other than that I don't see the point.
    1. howard's Avatar
      howard -
      Quote Originally Posted by dragon2knight View Post
      These "mini" versions of their bigger counterparts are....cute, but overpriced. For what they are asking for them you might as well wait a bit longer and just get their bigger brothers. Better resale value to boot. There are some great choices now in the $200.00 and under club, with the Moto G being the tip of the iceberg. Samsung has the Light, Alcatel has a few contenders, and the Nexus is always looming at not too much more than that.
      I guess if your looking for smaller, then these might be a good item to consider, but other than that I don't see the point.
      Good point, unless you want something small, the difference between an inexpensive flagship like the Alcatel Idol X and and a 'mini' version of a flagship is usually pretty small so if you were to take brand out of the equation the mini's could get squeezed out of the equation.
    1. dragon2knight's Avatar
      dragon2knight -
      Quote Originally Posted by howard View Post
      Good point, unless you want something small, the difference between an inexpensive flagship like the Alcatel Idol X and and a 'mini' version of a flagship is usually pretty small so if you were to take brand out of the equation the mini's could get squeezed out of the equation.
      Unfortunately most folks just don't realize that there are some good choices out there if they are willing to take brand out of said equation. That's why it's up to us big mouth---er---reviewers to let 'em know they exist 2014 will indeed be a big year for the off brands with low cost chip manufacturers like Mediatek stepping up their game with some nice, powerful chipsets that are bound to make a big splash. Here's to the near future
    1. EricSony's Avatar
      EricSony -
      Quote Originally Posted by dragon2knight View Post
      Unfortunately most folks just don't realize that there are some good choices out there if they are willing to take brand out of said equation. That's why it's up to us big mouth---er---reviewers to let 'em know they exist 2014 will indeed be a big year for the off brands with low cost chip manufacturers like Mediatek stepping up their game with some nice, powerful chipsets that are bound to make a big splash. Here's to the near future
      While there are those who blindingly buy a phone because it's a brand they like, there are others who buy those mini phones for the very fact they are mini. I tried the Samsung S4 for two weeks and returned it; never got used to talking into what would've been a tablet only a couple of years ago. I also appreciate a light phone and no other phone in the market has the screen size, weight and features combination that the S4 mini does, which is why I bought it. Not everyone is out to buy the biggest spec monster they can get for their dough, especially if they're only going to use it to make phone calls/text/browse 99.9% of the time, which is what the vast majority of owners do. The S4 mini weight nothing, has a great, perfectly-sized screen (and putting it side by side with the large S4, I have to get a magnifying glass to notice any resolution difference), has a great camera and does any task I throw at it reliably and fast (no hanging or lagging to be found anywhere). I'm a happy camper.
    1. dragon2knight's Avatar
      dragon2knight -
      Quote Originally Posted by EricSony View Post
      While there are those who blindingly buy a phone because it's a brand they like, there are others who buy those mini phones for the very fact they are mini. I tried the Samsung S4 for two weeks and returned it; never got used to talking into what would've been a tablet only a couple of years ago. I also appreciate a light phone and no other phone in the market has the screen size, weight and features combination that the S4 mini does, which is why I bought it. Not everyone is out to buy the biggest spec monster they can get for their dough, especially if they're only going to use it to make phone calls/text/browse 99.9% of the time, which is what the vast majority of owners do. The S4 mini weight nothing, has a great, perfectly-sized screen (and putting it side by side with the large S4, I have to get a magnifying glass to notice any resolution difference), has a great camera and does any task I throw at it reliably and fast (no hanging or lagging to be found anywhere). I'm a happy camper.
      Well I will say that I bought the Galaxy Light for exactly that same reason. I liked the smaller size compared to a 5" phone which are just too cumbersome to carry around in a jeans pocket,especially in the summer. I did find it to be a bit too small, though, a 4.5" screen is a sweet spot to me, good size without the bulk. As with all things, it will always vary from one person to another. One persons perfect phablet is another persons monstrosity....to each his/her own