Deconstructing the HTC HD Mini

Does size matter? CNET takes a hands-on look at the HTC HD Mini, a smaller version of its popular HTC HD2 touch-screen smartphone, to find the answer to that question.

HTC HD Mini
HTC HD Mini Bonnie Cha/CNET

BARCELONA, Spain--They say good things come in small packages, and when it comes to gadgets, smaller is usually better. Then you get a case like the HTC HD2.

This gargantuan smartphone isn't a dream to carry around, but then you take a look at its gorgeous and luxuriously spacious 4.3-inch capacitive touch screen, and you might be willing to reconsider. Then you take another gander at its size again and think otherwise. Well, HTC understands that dilemma and has heard your cries, thus resulting in the HTC HD Mini.

The HD Mini made its debut at Mobile World Congress 2010 and we got a chance to check it out for a bit. Admittedly, the smartphone doesn't quite have that wow factor of the HD2 since it has a smaller 3.2-inch touch screen but then we started noticing all the finer details of the phone's design and realized that the HD Mini has plenty to offer. A bulk of the features and functionality remain; the device runs Windows Mobile 6.5.3. Though our time with the phone was brief, the HD Mini seemed to be a pretty responsive device.

The HTC HD Mini is currently expected to ship only in Europe and Asia starting in April, but like with many of HTC's other global phones, it wouldn't be a huge surprise if we saw some kind of variation of the handset come to North America in the near future. Hit the gallery below for a closer look and more of our hands-on impressions.

About the author

Bonnie Cha was a former chief correspondent for CNET Crave, covering every kind of tech toy imaginable (with a special obsession for robots and Star Wars-related stuff). When she's not scoping out stories, you can find her checking out live music or surfing in the chilly waters of Northern California.

 

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