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4.0 out of 5 stars What a phone..., 21 May 2010
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Anyone who's thinking of getting the HTC HD 2 or the Desire or the Legend: STOP. This phone is worth considering.

For some reason its slipped through the cracks because of the demand for Android and the HD 2 being the leading windows mobile phone at present. However this phone offers all the same features as the HD 2 (give or take, i think a few small things are missing and theres an issue with the market place which il get on to in a minute) but its smaller.

The first thing i should mention is the CPU, it does the job for the handset but you do occasionally get a little delay on some things or when your running several large programs, its has just over half the power of the Snapdragon on the HD2, clocking 600 Mhz instead of the 1000Mhz. However, this allows for a smaller handset and so the phone fits neatly in my pocket as aposed to the HD2 or the Iphone.

The screen is pretty good, very clear capacitive touch screen, however due to an resolution incompatibility there is a problem with the market place; almost 70% of the apps on the Windows Marketplace dont work and arn't listed when you search them on this device due to a resolution issue. This may put people off, alot, but personally i dont mind, the phone does everything i want it to do anyway.

For entertainment, its pretty good, the battery suffers a bit if your doing alot of browsing for a length of time or using it as a modem, but the picture is good and it can take standard headphone jacks.

As an organizing tool i think its fantastic, still has the compatibility of a Windows mobile phone, but with the slick and intuitive feel of other Moible OS's. For entertainment, it can do the basics; music, web browsing (opera mobile or internet explorer)and videos. Battery might not like it but its do-able on a days charge. Feels good to hold and use, and aside from the issue with windows market place and a problem with updating texts with Microsoft my phone (which i think only a small percentage of phones have had so far- texts from my last phone caused my CPU to go nuts and slowed the phone down, annoying but nothing major) its very smooth sailing.
Now i just hope they deside to update it with Windows mobile 7 when that comes along end of this year!

Feel free to ask further questions, andc check out the HTC website for more information on HTC sense (worth looking up, very usefull peice of intergration software) and the handset, or go to GSM arena for a full breakdown of its hardware and a 3rd party review.
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Initial post: 31 May 2010 16:55:19 BDT
B. Merriman says:
Just to let you know, I don't believe you can update this handset to Windows Mobile 7, as the hardware requirements for that OS demand a 1GHz Processor. I could be wrong though, not sure just how strict Microsoft will be.

Posted on 4 Jul 2010 09:32:00 BDT
Mike New says:
Does it have GPS?

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2010 13:47:52 BDT
C. Howard says:
Yes it does, its better than the GPS i had on my old phone, but its not always pin point accurate. However you can manually redownload satalite locations which normally sorts things out if its getting confused as to where you are, but sometimes its still a bit off in dense areas such as the side streets and alley's in London.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2010 13:50:58 BDT
C. Howard says:
Yes I heard that, a shame really. But the HD2 is receiving the update and originally that wasnt going to recieve the update, so who knows. I'm hoping they do release it as optional, as I dont want to be forced to download an OS that the phone cant handle!I also quite like the current build of Windows mobile, but I think i'm alone on that.

Posted on 13 Sep 2010 16:46:17 BDT
Hodroulis says:
Thanks for this very thorough review. I'm planning on upgrading to the HTC HD Mini, as I want decent smartphone functionality, but don't want to lug around a slab-like phone. This seemed to me to be the best compromise between compact size, build quality and features. I was a little wary, given that Windows 6.5 is so often panned by reviewers, but you've reassured me that it works well on this phone and that the HTC Sense UI makes the phone very useable. So, thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Sep 2010 23:48:42 BDT
C. Howard says:
glad to help, having had this phone for a few months now i still like it, but it can get a bit glitchy. if your patient with it then i think its good. however I'm currently researching android phones to see if there's much truth to the hype. also did this reply from my htc, followed a link from my email. GO TEAM HTC! I'm also saddened to hear that it's unlikely HTC will take to rivaling the iPad, as they want to stick with phones. shame, would love an htc tablet to integrate with an htc phone.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Oct 2010 18:26:21 BDT
Peter Piper says:
I've had this phone for a few months now and it is a bit glitchy. However I think this has more to do with the Vodaphone software that's been forced on top of HTC sense, which itself is on top of the Windows OS.

A bare HD Mini with no phone company's junk software on it would be much better.

Posted on 15 Dec 2011 14:34:56 GMT
J. CHILD says:
Avoid this phone! I've had mine for 5months (on a 2 year contract) and the Windows OS is a dead system!
There is no updates for this phone at all, and the 6.5 WOS is already out-dated! The processor and RAM specification is not up to supporting any of the functions on the phone, including the HTC sense feature. The phone lags, often cause it to freeze, become un-responsive and crashing because of this problem.
The HTC sense and Windows OS system is clearly not compatible, because simple functions such as receiving/ making a phone call, often do not work, as well as the phone forgetting it's lock password completely!
There is a whole list of problems involving this phone, of which explains why HTC relaunched this phone as the HTC HD mini, as previously it was marketed at the HTC Photon- so that us impulsive consumers wouldn't realise it's actually a poorly made model. Because of this, HTC offer no support what-so-ever, in regards to problems with this phone.
I would suggest sticking with either the I-phone or Android OS based phones, even though Windows are launching the 7 Mango OS, the likely-hood is that it's unpopularity will lead to poor upgrade options and several future problems. You can get phones with a lot better specs and support for the same price or cheaper contract tariffs.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Dec 2011 15:37:12 GMT
C. Howard says:
Having just moved on from the HTC HD mini, i can agree that in the long run the cpu just got worse. I'd say it lasted me year until some problems started to crop up. The password issue did happen to me about 18 months into its life, but i had all my data backed up with windows (sadly a service no longer provided for windows mobile 6.5). Speaking of, 6.5 is indeed now without support, which is sad but something that has and probably will always happen in the tech industry.

Would suggest not getting a phone that is almost 2 years old on a 2 year contract in any situation, nature of tech is about a year of lifespan on it if you push it to the maximum capability. Sadly its not on HTC's website, and i agree that it souldn't be sold as a smartphone from a mobile phone retailer as it now massively out of date compared to todays phones, and due to its OS being sidelined it is essentially just a regular phone with 3G support. I've gone for an Android as i dont really like the iPhone (though appriciate it as a peice of design) and windows is a little lost at the moment as to what it is so stuck between a rock and a hard place. So far, i've had quite a few bugs for its first month of life, and despite the dual core under the hood its occasionally getting confused, but hopefully Android 4.0 will smooth this out in January.

Sorry the mini isnt working out for you, if it helps you can probably download some apps from there websites and install via usb, might be worth looking into if you want that sort of funtionality.
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