Can HTC squeeze the essence of its best phone yet into a smaller, more affordable package?
We’ve made no secret of the fact that the HTC One is our favorite phone of the year so far. Back in March HTC knocked it out of the park with exceptional build quality, a stunning display and fast, well-designed software. And though not entirely perfect — we took issue with image quality from the camera, for instance — it’s been hard to find another device that’s as consistently fast, beautiful and enjoyable to use.
In previous years, HTC’s sold different devices with substantially different designs and features for the mid-range and high-end. However 2013 sees the Taiwanese manufacturer adopting a more consistent approach. As such, this year’s leading mid-range phone is the HTC One Mini, a device which aims to distil the essence of the HTC One into a smaller form factor with a lower price tag.
But as we’ve seen from previous mid-level offerings, it’s easy to make one compromise too many, resulting in a lackluster device. So has HTC succeeded where others have faltered? Find out after the break, in our definitive HTC One Mini review.
The HTC One Mini has stayed true to the spirit of the HTC One name, bringing combination of excellent build quality and a gorgeous screen, not to mention speedy, well-designed software that matches almost every feature of the larger One. The compromises made by HTC are measured and sensible, and most of the hardware omissions don't greatly impact the user experience. For that reason, we can recommend the HTC One Mini as enthusiastically as we did its big brother.