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htc one mini 2

The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact set the bar pretty high for mini mobiles, with top-end specs packed into a shrunken body.

The HTC One mini 2 is cut from the same cloth; it takes the best of the HTC One M8 and puts it in a much smaller package.

But can it wrestle the crown from the Xperia Z1 Compact? Let's find out.

First impressions and design

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Manufacturers are getting wise to this mini mobiles lark. Before, they were happy to knock out a substandard smaller mobile bearing the same moniker as its flagship and claim the two were related. But since the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, that's all changed.

The HTC One mini 2 shares some of the design hallmarks of its bigger brother, but it's not quite the same thing. It's metal, sure, but not carved from a single piece of aluminium like the full-size HTC One M8.

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The front has a plastic border too, which HTC banished from the One M8.

The result is a still a very nice handset that feels reassuringly solid and well made, though slightly less premium than the full-size version.

Software

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Like its bigger brother, Android 4.2.2 KitKat is the order of the day, with HTC Sense 6 UI slathered over the top. Sense 6 is one of the better of these Android skins that companies seem so keen on.

However, it'll still mean you'll have to wait to get the latest version of Android, which is something to bear in mind for the future.

The standard features like the BlinkFeed news feed are present and correct, and it has a clean, modern feel.

Android KitKat also adds cool features like the ability to call a business from your phone's contacts menu just by typing its name, as if you had its number all along.

Features

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Like the HTC One M8, the HTC One mini 2 has BoomSound speakers above and below the screen. Unsurprisingly, they're smaller than those on its bigger brother, though they pack no less punch.

The HTC One mini 2 also has a selfie mode, which is where the 5-megapixel front-facer comes into its own. It lacks the Ufocus mode of the HTC One M8 though, so you can't change the focus of a picture after you've snapped.

It also boasts a microSD card slot, which is most welcome.

Usability

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While the Snapdragon 400 chip may pale in comparison to the Snapdragon 801 found in the HTC One M8, the One mini 2 still flies through menus. Apps are quick to launch, and games and videos run without a hitch.

As games become more graphically advanced, the older, lowered-powered processor might start to struggle, but for now it's absolutely fine.

The 13-megapixel camera produces clear images that are packed with detail. They're actually more detailed than those from the ultrapixel snapper found on the HTC One M8. The downside is that the camera doesn't perform as well in low light as that on the HTC One M8.

The battery is also impressive – with pretty heavy usage, it lasted a day and part of the next morning.

Verdict

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The HTC One mini 2 is another great effort from HTC. It feels more premium than most devices around this size, and the only real sacrifice is the processor speed and RAM. But if you're not fussed about playing the latest games, it comes highly recommended.

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