HTC HD mini - You, Complete Me

Launch SRP: S$608


Mini Resemblances

Looking at both the HD2 and HD mini, it's safe to say the resemblance is uncanny. And if the mini moniker isn't a clear indication, then holding the HD mini in one's hands would make it even more obvious. Its overall dimensions of 103.8 x 57.7 x 11.7mm puts it squarely in our palms as a perfect fit. Neither overly large nor too small to handle, the HD mini also had a good amount of balance with its 110g weight.

Neither too small, nor too big, the HD mini was a perfect fit in our hands.

Other than obvious differences in its screen size, both units share the same frontal layout. A row of touch-sensitive panels, most of which are familiar sights, lies just below its 3.2-inch capacitive touch screen. We have the Call/End buttons at the edges, and nestled in between are the Home, Start and Back buttons. Each panel is given adequate spacing, and aren't too spread out as compared to the HD2's wider dimensions. The only physical buttons would be the volume control at the left profile and the power button at the crown. The 3.5mm audio jack is located just next to the power button.

Taking the capacitive approach, you'll see more thumb swiping on the 3.2-inch screen.

The touch-sensitive panels are grouped closer than the HD2, which uses physical buttons and has more room to spare with its width.

Physical buttons are limited to the volume buttons (at the left profile) and the power button (as shown here) beside the 3.5mm audio port.

Similar to the HD2, the HD mini will only see fingerprint smudges on its front. What differentiates it from its larger sibling is the removable housing, which covers the sides and rear of the device. Theoretically speaking, one can customize the HD mini with different patterns for the housing. HTC hasn't released any customized housings yet, so the next possible candidates would be third-party accessory makers. In fact, we've actually seen a clear plastic backing based prototype from HTC and it certainly makes the phone an interesting conversational piece (literally speaking too).

Removing the housing is relatively easy, and once you do, you can swap in the microSD card without powering down the device. While the exterior sports a solemn black look, the internal is splashed a bright yellow backing, including the 1200mAh battery that blends in.

Dig your fingers into the groove here, and you will be able to pry the housing open.

Accessing the microSD card is easy, whilst you'll have to remove the 1200mAh battery to slide in/out the SIM card.

The Good
Simple and attractive design
Lightweight and compact
Intuitive interface via HTC Sense UI
The Bad
Small screen size for capacitive input
Occasional slowdowns within interface