Smaller and Sleeker

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - By Nidhi Sin­gal

THE HTC ONE was a beau­ti­ful de­vice backed by an amaz­ing 4.7 inch dis­play, but it wasn’t re­ally com­fort­able to hold or slide into the pocket. Maybe that’s why HTC has added a younger sib­ling to the One, the One Mini. It is the same as the HTC One with slightly smaller di­men­sions. The dis­play size has been re­duced to 4.3 inch from the 4.7, which makes it con­ve­nient to type on and grip us­ing a sin­gle hand. It has a neat uni-body de­sign. Top­ping the smart ap­pear­ance is the cus­tomised user in­ter­face with the BlinkFeed that re­freshes con­tent on the home­screen. While we loved the BlinkFeed when we first used the HTC One, we in­stalled a third party launcher on the Mini, which made the de­vice even faster. Like its larger sib­ling, the Mini has a 4MP Ul­tra-Pixel cam­era. This means that though the megapixel count is on the low side, the sen­sor is big en­abling the cam­era to cap­ture more light. But it lacks op­ti­cal im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion. Over­all, the im­ages cap­tured were crisp and had nat­u­ral colours. The low light im­ages were good. The HTC One Mini is per­fect for Delhi win­ters as it heats up within 10 min­utes of use– be it for play­ing games, watch­ing video or call­ing. Bat­tery backup is just about av­er­age.

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