The keyboard is understandably a little more cramped thanks to the diminished screen size, but HTC has left its Swype-like “Trace” mode in here, offering a way to type quickly.
The screen also isn’t quite the same level of high resolution display as what was used in the 4.7 inch Full HD HTC One, but it’s still a nice display, providing 341 pixels per inch, higher than that of the iPhone 5’s Retina display (326ppi) and equal to what Sony used in the Xperia S.
Battery life is decent for the size, with a day of life possible, but not much more, unless you resort to doing a whole heap of nothing on the second day.
Our testing included listening to music using wired headphones, making phone calls, social networking, surfing websites, sending messages and emails, and running apps, and all of that showed the HTC One Mini could reach just over a day of life.
Typically, we consider 4G smartphones with a day and a half to two days as having good battery life, but given that this is a smaller handset than its regular-sized HTC One brother and thus features a smaller battery, a day of life seems totally respectable to us, especially since the battery is 1800mAh and not the 2300mAh of its sibling.
An area that the One Mini shares with the One is in 4G performance, and this thing just flies.
Benchmarking it across Sydney, we found speeds as high as 76Mbps down and 32Mbps up, making it one capable beast.
System performance was also decent, though thanks to a different chipset, nowhere near as fast as the One.
It is, in fact, faster from a synthetic benchmark point of view than last year’s flagship HTC One X handset, but comparatively scores half the points compared from the HTC One this year. It also has 1GB less RAM, for a total of 1GB, under the 2GB sweet spot that Android seems to prefer.
That said, despite the differences in hardware, the day to day performance of the One Mini seems perfectly fine, with no obvious slowdowns if you’re browsing the web, switching apps, jumping through menus, or doing anything else you might want to do on a smartphone.
Gamers might notice the differences, but HTC has essentially crafted a smaller version of the One with slightly slower performance that can at least outpace last year’s flagship.