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HTC HD Mini review

HTC proves that Windows Mobile isn't dead yet

The HD Mini comes equipped with a 1200mAh battery, which is very slightly smaller (capacity wise) than the battery in the HTC Legend.

It's always hard to accurately gauge battery life, because it really depends on what kind of user you are and how much you leave running and activated. That said, we got a good few days out of the HD Mini, with everything switched on and push email active.

That's significantly better than the HTC Desire, which struggles to manage a day and a half, despite having a larger 1400mAh battery.

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If you require better battery life, it's fairly simple to improve things by limiting what you have switched on. If you don't need Wi-Fi on all the time, only activate it when you do. The same goes for Bluetooth.

You can limit how often the weather updates, or have your email fetched periodically rather than having it pushed. Ultimately though, it will be media playback and web browsing that will do the most damage to battery life on any phone.

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Google Maps is well integrated and the integrated GPS locks onto your location quickly and accurately. Again, the multi-touch support works well here, and we experienced none of the issues that we saw with the web browser interface.

Zooming in and out of maps is smooth and responsive, while Street View works, but only in a portrait orientation.

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ALK CoPilot Live 8 also comes pre-installed, but before you get too excited, you only get a 15-day free trial. That said, CoPilot is a very good turn-by-turn navigation system for Windows Mobile, so you may well find that you like it when you do give it a go.

If that's the case you can simply purchase an activation code and carry on using it.

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Being a Windows Mobile phone, productivity is high on the agenda, which means that you get the full Microsoft Office Mobile suite thrown in.

So not only can you view Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents, but you can create and edit them too. This can be particularly useful when someone sends you an attached document in an email and you want to edit it before you get back home or to the office.

It also gives you the option of giving a PowerPoint presentation without the need for a computer at all. OK, so these benefits are aimed more at the corporate user, but that's where Windows Mobile's roots lie.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows Mobile
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time7.25 Hour
Product ModelHD mini
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Screen Resolution480 x 320
Weight (Approximate)110 g
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionWindows Mobile 6.5 Professional
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height103.8 mm
Width57.7 mm
Depth11.7 mm
Battery Standby Time340 Hour
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameHD mini Smartphone
Processor Speed600 MHz
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, G-sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberHTCHDMINI
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
Marketing Information

Hold great craftsmanship in your hand with a unique design that is simple yet beautiful from inside out. Clean lines, compact form, and elegant construction give the HTC HD mini the looks that fit any place, time or circumstance. The HTC HD mini features HTC Sense a user experience that is simple to use, amazing to look at, and loaded with valuable applications.

Limited Warranty1 Year
Standard Memory384 MB