HTC One mini review: Downsizing the best Android phone in the market

On paper, the naming of the HTC One mini makes perfect sense. The mini is a mid-to-high-end aluminum-clad smartphone with a 4.3-inch display, designed for those who want a premium device without the massive size that’s often associated with its bigger and faster brother, as well as other Android 'superphones'.

Of course, there are some tradeoffs that also help bring the price down. Although the One mini includes an Ultrapixel camera, it doesn’t have optical image stabilization; and despite the body mostly being formed from aluminum, some plastic has crept into the design. For the more technically minded, HTC has also dropped down the SoC from a Snapdragon 600 to a Snapdragon 400, which naturally will affect its performance.

But will HTC’s tradeoffs have too much of an effect on the overall product, keeping it from being a great 4.3-inch device? Or will the price be just right for what you’re getting out of the box?

Read: HTC One mini review

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Indeed, I noticed that while reading another phone review the other day.

Best of luck to the guy - his reviews here on Neowin were always very well written and balanced.

I played with one of these at a Walmart in Minnesota. Hardware-wise, it was one of the nicest phones I have seen, even nicer than the iPhones of late. Just put WP8 on it, and I'll take 3!