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HTC Mini+ smartphone remote (pictures)

We get to grips with HTC's odd new Bluetooth gadget, which lets you answer calls, e-mails, and texts, and also features a laser pointer.

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Luke Westaway
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Looks weird, right? The Mini+ has phone capabilities in theory, but it's only to be used as an accessory or TV remote.
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It communicates with your phone using Bluetooth. You'll mostly be using this device to view texts and e-mails from your mobile, as well as answer calls.
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It could come in useful if your phone is hooked up to your TV and not accessible.
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It has a laser pointer inside it, for, uh, delivering presentations?
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There's an IR blaster in here, too, so you can use the Mini+ as a TV remote, too.
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It's slim, and you can use it to trigger the phone's camera from a distance, too.
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Are you tempted by a remote control for your phone? Or does it sound thoroughly pointless? Let us know.

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