There was a time when Windows Mobile used to rule the smartphone seas. Then along came Symbian but thatís a whole other story. It was touchscreen that showed to all the willing challengers that Windows Mobile is just too big to turn around quickly enough and catch the new wind. HTC however seem to disagree and dispel doubts of jumping ship. They have not given up on the cause and the HTC HD mini is the living proof.
So, mini is perhaps the right approach to users who would otherwise feel timid about giving Windows Mobile a try Ė especially with so many touchscreen temptations around. On the other hand, it does matter whose mini version it is. The almighty HD2 was the first PocketPC with a capacitive screen and a Snapdragon core.
Now, the HTC HD mini is obviously shorter on size, resolution and processing power. But it may be well worth the resources invested in making it what it is Ė a pocket-friendly, but still powerful handset with solid build, slick design and a touch-friendly UI.
Check out the HTC HD mini key strengths and possible turn-offs in the lists below to get an idea if this is the handset that will suit you.
We all know thereís more to a contemporary smartphone (touchscreen at that) than its spec sheet. The HTC HD mini certainly has the pedigree but the verdict will only be passed on its performance.
Windows Mobile has been known to be pretty demanding on a phoneís processing power, and the Sense UI probably takes its toll too. Our initial impressions of the HD mini were downright positive but it still needs to pass the test of a full review.Now then, weíve got a PocketPC on our hands and weíre not gonna let that pet name fool us. Itís been a while so letís not waste any more time in small talk and move on. On the next page, we look inside the box, before we set off to exploring the hardware and ergonomics