HTC HD Mini in the Test

The HD mini, HTC packs many technical highlights of the recognised HD2 in a housing with significantly more compact dimensions.

  1. HTC HD mini in the test
  2. Data sheet
  3. Rating

The size of the case, there is nothing to carp: with 58 x 103 mm base in 12 mm-thick it significantly undercuts most smartphones.

Also the weight of 110 grams is located at the lower limit of normal. In the case of solidity is full – the whole front is covered by a glass surface, the back side is covered with a rubber-like surface that is non-slip in hand, the chassis is extremely rigid. Sure legend even more the Alubody turns one on, but also the HTC HD mini is Smartphone technology at its finest.

Small compromises

The housing for best manageability significantly shrunken down the display of course narrow limits. Closely in this case, means that the HTC HD mini has only 3.2 inches diagonal.

The loss of resolution is even bigger – here, the HD is back mini by 60 percent compared to its big brother. These are the compromises that unavoidable. Finally a high resolution for Web pages, Office documents, or other complex content may be useful, but only as long as the human eye is not overwhelmed. The HD mini does lower requirements for Visual acuity, but he’s also not so suitable surf machine like the HD2.

Also in the field, the transmissive HD mini display has disadvantages compared with the Transflective of the bigger brother HD2 which uses ambient light as an additional light source. On the more typical of mobile applications, the reduced display format with the exception of the text input has no great influence – because here the finger-friendly user interface sense is used, which has used about small-scale Windows Mobile 6.5 HTC.

Order makes sense

The HTC interface already inherently tries to offer information in the most convenient for the user. So, the today screen all usually frequently needed information is information. Date, time, call and event details, status information, and much more are here to capture at a glance.

Even a track bar with icons for the most important applications is to find icons accessed by sliding this bar in addition to the bottom of the screen. Essential information regarding the icon contact with just appear immediately in the top screen, will start the application when you let go. Which applications in this bar appear, can select the user.

If you want access to all available applications goes through the Windows sensor button below the display, also a back, a home – and the usual phone buttons are located here. A clearly identifiable close button is missing but that would be very helpful especially for Windows-Mobile novices.

The main menu with its icons can be individually sorted with little effort. This is useful to have frequently used programs in the first visible screen. With sense in combination with Windows Mobile 6.5 has the HTC HD mini probably not the most intuitive user interface, adapted to the personal preferences is in everyday use but quite efficiently.

The working speed of the smartphones equipped with a 600 MHz Qualcomm processor left a mixed impression: liquid were many, even complex operations. But with some simple action, the HTC HD mini very long response times allowed himself.

Somewhat problematic which is capacitive touch screen when entering text: to do this, a virtual keyboard is displayed, whose Tasten for thicker fingers barely are sure to meet. Pen input is unfortunately not an option in this type of touch-sensitive screens, we have had so far not good experiences also with the offered special pins. With the HTC HD mini many users be able to live with the rare shipping mistake after some practice.

Equipment like the large

The equipment list documented impressively that HTC has not used the mini in the name of the new HD as a pretext for further savings. So, the mini has to offer something even more available memory than the big brother HD2. That HTC are not to settle a 2-gigabyte memory card, is easy to get over in the face of market prices. Many users prefer anyway more lush reserves on a course in the HD mini installable MicroSD card.

In terms of ability to communicate gives the HTC HD mini big: the European mobile network’s supported In all available standards-HSPA 7.2 Mbit / s in the down and 2.0 Mbit / s upstream, and also on American GSM and UMTS frequencies, it is ready to receive. Where possible it can relieve the cellular networks by switching to Wi-Fi (b/g), and its Bluetooth is more than just an alternative headset interface thanks to extensive profile support.

To these basic functions, is joined by yet an extensive sensor for GPS signals, ambient brightness and location. Where the position sensor is curiously locked for other applications through an open game of game teeter used him.

The 5-megapixel rear camera shoots decent pictures, the auto focus reacts slightly sluggish however like most Smartphone cameras. And in the Dustern the camera due to lack of photo light is not used. Apart from such little things kept the software package full of HTC in daily use, which promised the outer shell.

Sovereign March through the laboratory

We were of course very curious on the appearance of the mini in the lab, because the HD2 showed a weak performance in the endurance measurements, what was reflected in the test result. With the smaller and thus potentially less inside display the HD has a mini good chance to sharpen this notch – and who uses it impressively: it puts the typical operating time significantly as well as at the talk time in the networks and in the stand by time – a clear asset in the endurance is the reward.

Also with the other measured the HD can settle even mini from its already good big brother. What more the contacts of the mini owner have something as himself: the acoustics are still slightly better than at the HD2 in direction.

Technical data and test results

FACILITIES
SYSTEM
Operating system Windows Mobile 6.5
Processor / clock speed (MHz) Qualcomm 7227 / 600
internal memory (MB) 512
Memory card slot MicroSD
Phone / qwert keyboard / touchscreen / /
Battery type / variable Li-ion /.
INTERFACES
USB host / client / /
IrDA
WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 / / /
GPRS / EDGE / UMTS / /
HSDPA / HSUPA 7.2 /.
Wi-Fi / standard / 802 .11b / g
Bluetooth
… Headset profile / hands-free profiles /
… OBEX / SIM access-profiles /
DISPLAY
Type transm. TFT
Resolution (pixels) 320 x 480
Number of colors 65536
Diagonal (inches) 3.2
MOBILE
Call list / ringing tones of groups of callers
Brokering / withhold /
Situation profiles: Number / flight mode 4-6 /.
Handsfree / mute /
PIM
Contact management
ANZ. Telephone number / Email / address 7 / 3 / 3
Image / notes field / date of birth / /
Appointment management
Day / week / month view / /
weekly / annual events /
Notes /… typed / ink… /… Outlook-sync / / /
To do list / with date /
Sync: Windows / Mac / SyncML / /
OFFICE
Look at Word / edit /
Consider Excel / edit /
PDF Viewer / calculator / voice memo / /
MESSAGING
Email / POP3 / IMAP / /
Attachments send / receive /
SMS / MMS / fax / /
BROWSER
Web / frames / Java / Java scripting / / /
Home / Favorites /
WAP
MULTIMEDIA
Audio format: MP3 / WMA / M4A / AAC / / /
Video player / full screen display /
Video format: 3GP / MP4 / WMV / /
Integrated camera / resolution (mega pixels) / 5
NAVIGATION
GPS receiver
SIZE AND WEIGHT
Dimensions (H x W x D in mm) 104 x 58 x 12
Weight (grams) 110
MEASURED VALUES
Endurance D power (hours) 8:36 am
Stamina E-Netz (hours) 8:41 am
Endurance UMTS (hours) 4:36
type. Endurance (hours) 5:14
Standby time days (days) 17
standard radiation factor / SAR value (-/ W / kg) 0.15 / 0,990
TEST RESULTS
Endurance (max. 115) good (89)
Endurance conversation / operation (80) 61
Endurance standby (35) 28
Facilities (max. 175) satisfactory (131)
System (15) 6
Scope of delivery (10) 4
Display (30) 23
Connectivity (20) 19
Phone functions (15) 11
Messaging (15) 14
PIM (15) 12
Office (10) 10
Web browser (10) 10
Camera (10) 5
Music and video (10) 9
Features (5) 1
Navigation (10) 7
Handling (max 125) well (103)
Manageability (30) 29
User interface (70) 55
Processing quality (20) 16
Documentation / support (5) 3
Measurements (max. 85) good (68)
Transmission and reception quality GSM (33) 26
Transmission and reception quality UMTS (17) 12
Acoustic measurements send (17.5) 16.5
Acoustic measurements receiving (17.5) 13.5
CONNECT sentence maximum 500 points well (391)
tested in issue: 06 / 10

Rating

TEST RESULTS
ENDURANCE (100)
Endurance talk (35)
Persistence display mode (65)
FACILITIES (170)
System (15)
Scope of delivery (10)
Display (40)
Connectivity (15)
Phone features (10)
Messaging (15)
PIM (15)
Office (5)
Web browser (15)
Camera (15)
Music and video (10)
Navigation (5)
HANDLING (140)
Ease of handling
User interface
Processing quality
MEASUREMENTS (90)
Transmission and reception quality GSM (30)
Transmission and reception quality UMTS (30)
Acoustic measurements send (15)
Acoustic measurements receiving (15)
tested in issue: 06/10
CONNECT sentence maximum 500 points