A great-looking phone with a fantastic screen and smooth operating system. An Android handset with few compromises
Android 4.2.2, 4.3in 1,280×720 display
Like the full-size One, the One Mini has what HTC calls an Ultrapixel camera. This means that, while its sensor captures just four megapixels, each pixel on the sensor can be larger and so capture more light. In low-light conditions, this arrangement certainly pays off; the One Mini produces excellent low-light images, with little noise. However, we weren’t so impressed with its daylight photos, which were hugely overexposed in bright conditions.
^ The Ultrapixel camera is impressive in low light
^ But overexposes badly in bright conditions
The HTC One has aged pretty well, but prices simply haven’t dropped enough to make this a worthwhile purchase. At around £260 SIM free, and with few good vlaue contract deals to be found, it’s simply been left to rot. You can get a decent modern phone, such as the Moto G 2014 for almost half that amount of money. The handset has been replaced by the newer, but equally dissapointing HTC One Mini 2. Our personal favourite if you’re looking for a smaller Android handset is the excellent Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. If none of those fit your needs then check out our regularly-updated Best Smartphones and buying guide.
|Main display size
|CCD effective megapixels
|Memory card support
|Memory card included
|GSM 850/900/1800/1900, 3G 900/1900/2100, 4G 800/1800/2600
|Microsoft Office compatibility
|Word, Excel, PowerPoint
|headphones, data cable, charger
|Price on contract