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HTC HD Mini Review

written by: shopperholic2•edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 7/19/2010

The HTC HD Mini is the subject of this review. The HTC HD mini is a high performance phone that is fully customizable. It can do more than just make calls; the HTC HD Mini is a device that connects you to the world.

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    Introduction

    The HTC HD Mini is perfectly built for lovers of the touchscreen functionality which adorns most of the newer model phones today. This fully touch-sensitive phone allows the user to avoid the use of bulky buttons and the smaller design of the device makes it easy to tote around. The HTC HD Mini is perfect for people who are always on the go and need constant access to their digital services and social media networks throughout the day. This device is easily navigated with one hand. The HTC HD Mini is sure proof that big things do come in little packages. The HTC Mini fits in the palm of your hand. 

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    Design

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    The HTC HD Mini fits snuggly in the palm of your hand with measurements of 4.09 inches tall, 2.27 inches wide and 0.46 inches thick. This small phone, weighing in at only 3.88 ounces, is mostly all touchscreen. The display measures 3.2 inches and has a resolution of 320x480 HVGA. This phone can easily fit in a back pocket or front pocket without you noticing. The touchscreen can be locked to accommodate this and to prevent accidental dialing of numbers. If you're after a very compact device but you still want something reasonably powerful then the HTC HD Mini is for you.

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    User Interface

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    The HTC HD Mini runs Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional rather than the more popular Android OS. Despite the unfashionable operating system the HTC Sense user interface on top masks it well and makes the HTC HD Mini very user-friendly. It is very easy to manipulate the many settings and features and the device has plenty to offer. The touchscreen allows for quick navigation of all features and it allows the user to find what they are looking for with the minimum of fuss. The large icons can be changed around to accommodate whatever layout the user wants to have. The easy to read features are also a big plus with this device and they make things clear because underneath each icon is a caption to explain what each one is for.

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    Performance

    HTC HD MIni Review VerdictThe HTC HD Mini has proven to be a powerful device capable of multi-tasking various applications while not losing any quality of the applications. The fast CPU speed of the HTC HD Mini allows the user to download multiple applications at the same time without freezing the device. The HTC HD Mini is a device that can be utilized by any serious data user or casual data user.
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    Features

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    The features of the HTC HD Mini mimic the other high performance HTC devices. The 5-megapixel color camera has an auto focus and an added bonus of a wide-screen photo capture. This photo capture feature allows the user to capture more than what is seen in front of the lens, but also what is on either side of the lens. The HTC HD Mini includes a standard 3.5 mm audio jack and a micro-USB port. The browser that operates on this device is the new Opera platform utilizing the Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system.

    The HTC Sense user interface allows the G-Sensor and Proximity feature to have peak performance. These features are responsible for ensuring that the image on the screen is always in an upright position regardless of which way the device is turned. The standard Wi-Fi services are present. The tethering feature on the device is a pleasant surprise that is available on the HTC HD Mini. The tethering feature allows the device to be used as a modem. The FM radio is yet another feature that allows this device to stand out from all the rest. Another feature that may be used extensively on this device is the zoom capability. This zoom feature can be activated with the touch of a finger to enlarge the on screen image to as large as the user may need it to be. This is especially useful when reviewing photos, videos or small print on various documents.

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    Performance

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    This small device packs a lot of power from its fast 600 MHz CPU processing speed. This is to be expected from the HTC HD Mini because this is typical for all the lines of HTC phones. This fast performance speed is desirable for the targeted user of this device. It allows the different social networking sites to be accessed quickly. Toggling various web pages is easy to do with this device while compromising neither the quality of data nor the loading speed of each page.

    The sophisticated operating system and fast processing speeds allows the HTC HD Mini to share its internet connection by tethering through a USB, Bluetooth or a Wi-Fi router. The performance of the video on the device allows quality playback without the device getting hot for up to eight hours. The standby time of the device measures up to 500 hours. This allows the device to score even higher on performance because it does not constantly require the user to charge the device, unlike some other phones that constantly require charging. The talk time measures up to a phenomenal 400 minutes and the SD memory card is capable of storing up to 32 GB. This is extremely useful for people that constantly download applications and music to the device. It also saves space on the SD card to allow for more storage on the device.

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    The Verdict

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    This phone has exceeded all expectations. The HTC HD Mini is not as bulky as the other popular devices today and has several unexpected surprises that are included as standard features. The best part is that this surprisingly powerful phone is capable of storing and quickly downloading as many applications or files as the user can handle. Considering all of the features the HTC HD Mini offers, it can comfortably compete in a realm all its own. The overall function and performance of the HTC HD Mini is excellent.