HTC One mini 2: One (M8) on a diet

Sep

1

2014

The HTC One mini 2 takes many of the strengths of its inspiration, the One (M8) over. The build quality is fine, the phone is nice in the hand, looks nice in our opinion, despite the slower hardware is good to work with. Furthermore the screen is reasonable, even though the color reproduction better. The battery life is not bad, but is not in a positive sense. With a price of around 375 euros, he is in the same waters as the HTC One, Galaxy S4 and LG G2, top models from last year, which has now been dropped in price. These are all phones with faster hardware, better screens and often also better battery life. For people who necessarily want a phone of 4.5 “or smaller, but with a beautiful design, the Mini One second also with its current price a good phone, but we would not currently say you have a really good deal to tackle it.
Pros

Is fine in the hand
Good speakers
Works quite smoothly

Downsides

Relatively expensive
Color Reproduction better

Verdict
Tweakers says: above average
Price publication: € 375, –

HTC pitched the last two years of high with the design and construction of its phones. The HTC One was praised for its beautiful aluminum housing, as well as the placement and quality of the Tree Sound speakers could count on praise. No wonder HTC same successful formula used last year for his HTC One Mini, a midrange model that is derived from the ‘real’ HTC One. “Never change a winning team” they must have thought at HTC, because this year follows the introduction of the flagship HTC One (M8), a small variation with an identical appearance: the HTC One mini 2.

HTC One mini 2
The housing

The version we got from HTC for review is referred to by the name ‘gunmetal gray’ and is at the back finished with a dark gray aluminum that is provided with a brushed texture. Some months ago we were discussing the same variant of the HTC One (M8), and we find this style still very beautiful.

The phone exudes a certain luxury and quality, but it’s not just ostentation; the subtle curve at the sides let the One mini 2 also hold fine. What helps is that he is a lot smaller with its 4.5 “screen than the high-end Android phones today. About phone so happy to operate with one hand, is the One mini 2 to the right place. The only point of criticism on the finish, the nano-SIM slot, put in our test model that is a fraction of that probably does not apply to all instances, but it would be better if it did not occur..

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As mentioned, the One 2 mini conducted with HTC’s called Boom Sound speakers, a name with a high marketing blabla content, but which is realized. First, the speakers sound better already because they sit at the front and are thus directed towards you, and secondly simply makes HTC use a better quality speaker components than we normally encounter in this price segment.
The screen

HTC One mini 2 The 4.5 “screen has a resolution of 1280×720 pixels, for a pixel density of 326ppi, so similar to an iPhone 5 / 5C / 5S. This is a lot less than in larger Android phones, but frankly that side the market a bit by beaten when it comes to screen resolution., we find the sharpness at a screen like that of the One mini 2 more than enough for fine use. Yeah, if you have a phone with a higher pixel density beside lay and they are both very keep close to your nose, can see any difference, but who does that?

In other areas score screen properly. Because it’s an IPS panel, the viewing angles are very wide and not the picture looks different when you look diagonally to the phone. Furthermore, the brightness 442cd / m 2 high enough to avoid changing the screen in the open air in a mirror and contrast of 1037: one is too far for a device in this class poor. The only shortcoming is the color reproduction . That’s not quite true-and here is the screen on the blue side. The latter, however, only noticeable if you compare the phone directly with other devices.
Hardware, performance and battery life

As with rival Samsung is the mini version is not just a smaller version of the top model. Not only the casing is trimmed, also saving on parts, so we really can not speak. Of a high-end model The HTC One mini 2 is powered by a Snapdragon 400 soc, comprising four Cortex A7 cores at 1.2GHz and an Adreno 305 GPU, coupled with 1GB RAM. That’s not a very fast hardware, but HTC knows there squeeze. Required performance Therefore, it is fine to work with the One mini 2 and if we compare it with other mini , then HTC on performance flat affairs clearly better organized.

When we walk down the rest of the specifications, we are no cases against striking. There is 16GB of storage memory available, of which just over 10GB is available to the user. You can expand the memory via the micro SD slot. On the wireless front, the One supports mini 2 WiFi n, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and 4G. Most people will have no problems to the end of the day to catch up with the One mini 2, but do not expect impressive battery performance similar to its big brother; therefore, the 2100mAh battery is simply too little capacity.
Software and camera

The mini 2 runs on Sense 6.0, HTC’s own version of Android, in this case version 4.4.2. For the most part refers to the same software with the same appearance as the One (M8) and we find Sense is still one of the best skins for Android out there. Visually, the software is well thought out and everything forms a beautiful whole. In addition, HTC has been retained in the building of new functionality and the things that it has added are generally useful.

That is precisely why we are sorry that Motion Launch , which was introduced with the HTC One (M8), is not available on the One 2 mini Motion Launch made ​​it possible not only to put through twice on the screen to the phone tapping, but also to pick the phone or run into a horizontal position. By pressing the volume button, for example automatically starts the camera. There are even more shortcuts that you can perform when the screen is off. Very sorry so that the One mini 2 do not have one.

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The camera of the HTC One mini 2 is a fairly standard 13-megapixel model and not the Ultra Pixel camera that we know the One (M8). He is clearly less sensitive to light, so you see faster noise in dark areas, and because he does not have image stabilization, you have more chance of camera shake in low light. Is there enough light is present then know the camera to deal with quite a bit of detail, although the course less than in more high-end phones. Reasonably good photos The software is also very well organized and there is hardly any shutter lag. The only point of criticism is that you have to plunge to switch between photo and video mode submenu.

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Conclusion

The HTC One mini 2 is in most areas a successful phone, which many of the strengths of its inspiration, the One (M8) takes over. The build quality is fine, the phone is nice in the hand, looks nice in our opinion, despite the slower hardware is good to work with. Furthermore the screen is reasonable, with excellent brightness, sharpness and viewing angles, though the better color reproduction. The battery life is not bad, but is not in a positive sense.

The biggest problem of the One mini 2 is the competition. HTC wants at around 375 euros, and thus the device is in the same waters as the HTC One, Galaxy S4 and LG G2, top models from last year, which has now been dropped in price. These are all phones with faster hardware, better screens and often also better battery life. For people who necessarily want a phone of 4.5 “or smaller, but with a beautiful design, the Mini One second also with its current price a good phone, but we would not currently say you have a really good deal to tackle it.

Lowest prices for HTC One mini 2 Grey :
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Belsimpel.nl Rating: 4.5 € 370, – € 373.95
Coolblue.nl Rating: 4.5 € 374, – € 374, –
Studentmobiel.nl Rating: 4.5 € 374, – € 374, –
GSMWijzer.nl Score: 3 € 374, – € 374, –
BesteKeus.nl Score: 4 € 376.40 € 376.40

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