Reaction: TechRadar Reacts: HTC One Mini

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The ruthless march of the Mini Phones continues with the HTC One Mini, a not-so-mini variation of the world’s finest phone, the HTC One.

But exactly what do your trustworthy TechRadar writers think of this dinky new device? did not0 discover, complete with knee-jerk scores out of 5.

Gareth – Phones and Tablets Editor

What’s actually different about the One Mini apart from it being smaller? Not a lot– and I am even a fan of that plastic edging, as it handles to provide differentiation without appearing affordable. Sure, there’s a slower processor, lower-res display and less elegant parts on the camera, but HTC has actually done the right thing and kept the core things that made the One spectacular (BoomSound, UltraPixel, aluminium shell) and will be offering them at a lower cost.

I do think 16GB of internal storage space is simply too reduced in this day and age– particularly with all the Zoes and video highlights we can anticipate users to take. However general, it’s a sensational phone that’s a real possibility of tidying up the mid-range market … which’s one that’ll consist of the ‘less costly’ iPhone later this year.

Knee-jerk score: 4.5

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Patrick – UK Editor in Chief

I’ll start with the great big caveat that I am extremely unlikely to ever plump for the ‘mini’ version of the phone since I actively like a larger display, however from the appearances of things the HTC One mini has a lot going all out. Making sure that it keeps the cool design of its huge brother is a great step and, on the whole, the decision to make this look and feel like a different size choice, rather than a class below, is a favorable one.

Knee-jerk score: 4

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Kate – News Editor

I do not know if you know this about me, but I’m rather small. My hands are rather small and my face is not much larger. So when I was using an HTC One in the pub a number of weeks ago my friends literally chuckled in my tiny face when I put it to my ear due to the fact that the mobile is nearly as huge as my head. So yeah, I am in favor of the cut-down display size. Exactly what I am not in favor of is the cut-down storage space size – it doesn’t take long to fill out 16GB these days – or the still rather significant price tag. I could definitely live without BlinkFeed too, thanks. However it’s a beautiful looking phone and I really like the HTC One, so as long as that dual-core Snapdragon 400 can stay up to date with me, I am on board.

Knee-jerk score: 4

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John – Phones and Tablets Writer

I was impressed when I picked up the Galaxy S4 Mini last month as it was a fantastic improvement on its predecessor however the HTC One Mini looks like its gone – and pardon the pun below – one additional with its lavish metal body and sophisticated Sense overlay. For all the good things though I really want there was a microSD slot as that 16GB of storage space is going to fill out quickly, specifically if did not4 addicted to the Zoe and Highlights functions. Oh, and I am still not offered on the whole UltraPixel company, simply provide me an 8MP rear snapper thanks.

Knee-jerk score: 4.5

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Hugh – Staff Writer

It’s hard to find an argument against the HTC One Mini. By putting its larger sibling in an even sleeker plan – what’s not to love? Provided HTC’s less-than-stellar revenues for the second quarter, let us hope the Mini is here to give it a leg-up. Sure, there are still a few niggling problems with the Mini– the chopped storage space is especially frustrating if did not4 an area hoarder like me – but if I ever break out of my iPhone ways, I assure this is the smartphone I’ll be reaching for.

Knee-jerk score: 4.5

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Dan – Associate Editor

WOOOOOOOOO! That’s virtually my view of the initial HTC One. I think it’s a great smartphone, and if I hadn’t been so embedded in iOS, it’s the phone I’d have. However I seem like the Mini is an undesirable sullying of the HTC One’s supreme wonderment – not to point out the reality I think all this Mini-ing of mobile phones is a bit of a snoozeworthy concept. The spec sheet simply yells COMPROMISE. In the end though, it’ll be the (hopefully respectable) cost that dictates whether the HTC One Mini is a phone you ought to consider. After all, it still has the fantastic HTC One aluminium unibody, so it looks the part at least.

Knee-jerk score: 3.5

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James – Reviews Editor

I do not like this brand-new trend for ‘mini’ versions of mobile devices. It’s a comparable phenomenon to Hollywood’s sequelitis and assumes that did not1 all too stupid to pick a midrange phone unless it’s related with a flagship offering. However perhaps the reality is that we’re all that stupid, because if the iPad mini and Samsung Galaxy S Minis had not offered well, and if we did not2 all gullible adequate to go and see predictably awful Terminator sequels at the cinema, they did not3 exist. So yeah, the HTC One Mini appears like a quite terrific midrange handset– the very best, even. However I ‘d await the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Mini if I were you, report has it it will come with bases on balls to see Sharknado 2.

Knee-jerk score: 3

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Alex – Associate Editor, Reviews

Right off the bat, I agree with Kate. Despite the fact that I’ve huge old banana hands, I have always discovered phones like the One and the S4 to be too huge. That’s why I was fond of the HTC First, lastly an LTE Android device that did not feel like having a paperback book in my wallet. I personally don’t care much about big screens since I don’t watch a great deal of videos on my phone, that’s exactly what my Nexus 7 and my 47-inch TV are for.

I’ve actually often stated that if I might’ve a flagship Android gadget the size an iPhone 5, I ‘d have my ideal phone, but regrettably that’s not exactly what did not1 getting right here. The huge step down in battery size is stressing, as battery life has actually never ever been an HTC strong suit. The loss of NFC chip actually bothers me even more than the drop down to dual-core, because the NFC-enabled PayByPhone app saves me from having to hold meter modification right here in San Francisco. While I am pleased that there has not been a fall in camera quality, unlike the S4 to the S4 mini, the 16GB of storage will probably be a deal breaker for me, as my Google Play All Gain access to subscription has me carelessly downloading brand-new albums. That, incorporated with my spontaneous photo snapping, would likely fill this mini up fast.

Knee-jerk score: 3.5

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Total knee-jerk score: 4