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<p>It's called a mini, but it ain't exactly cute</p>
by Gelo Gonzales | Oct 21, 2010
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Bigger is never always better as proven by our curious need to miniaturize things, especially gadgets.[firstpara] The iPod mini, the Nokia N97 mini, the Sony Erricson Xperia X10 mini, and the upcoming Mac mini come to mind.

Joining the fray now is the HTC HD mini, the less gargantuan version of the HTC HD2.

Coming in at a 110 pounds and a 3.2-inch screen (320 x 480), mini could be a bit of a misnomer here, as the phone is still pretty hefty.

Compared to the HD2 however, which has a 4.3-inch screen, the HD Mini is still very much less of a burden in the pocket.

In terms of looks, the HD Mini like its bigger brother is a modern-looking device, though it is a bit lacking in flair.

The rubberized back cover, the no-nonsense business-like color scheme, and streamlined design cues give the phone a very masculine feel.
The phone’s construction also has that rigid feel to it, and doesn’t feel like a fragile piece of plastic that you need to buy a hard case for. We like that.

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Capping of our tour of the phone’s front profile are the touch-sensitive buttons located on the lower side, akin to the design of most smartphones today.

The innards of the HD Mini, though far from intimidating, still packs a punch. It is powered by a 600 MHz processor and boasts 384 MB of RAM, which runs the phone smoothly in most operations. Surfing the internet via WIFI, and running most applications are mostly a hitch-free experience, although does advise to “stay away from graphics-heavy sites” and resource-intensive applications which might bog things down for the phone.

The HTC HD Mini also features a lot of extras such as a 5-megapixel camera (it’s just too bad there’s no flash), internal speakers, an earphones port, microSD-compatibility, and is 3G capable.  

One big turn-off though is that the phone runs on Windows Mobile 6.5, which hasn’t exactly been the darling of smartphone users thanks to the platform’s cumbersome nature.

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Windows Phone 7, the hyped successor to Mobile 6.5 is also coming out very soon, so that might be a reason for phone seekers to skip this phone altogether, and wait for the new round of Windows Phone 7 sets.

The phone has a steep price tag as well, priced at 29,200 pesos, which means the phone won’t be getting any awards in value anytime soon.

Would we recommend it? Not quite. We love the phone’s smooth performance, and complete set of features, but with its current OS, and that price tag, other phones such as the Samsung Galaxy, or Nokia’s upcoming N8 looks to be a much more appealing package.


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