82

A worthy new addition to the premium One clan

82

I'm still stuck on one question when I think about the mini 2: Is it worth the money? It's significantly cheaper than the M8, but I'm not sure price accounts for all the compromises. I primarily love the look and feel of the device, and HTC did an excellent job of recreating much of the M8's appeal. The display marries a good resolution with a quality panel, and although the internal hardware has taken a hit in the shrinking process, it's still remarkably capable and provides enough performance for most apps and features. Even if you're not a fan of skinned Android builds, Sense 6 is one of the best, and the mini 2 is as up-to-date as it gets with 4.4.2 KitKat right out of the gate.

The 13-megapixel camera looks good on paper, but performance is erratic and often disappointing, so potential buyers need to bear that in mind. Realistically, you're going to buy the One mini 2 if you like the look of the One mini 2. It's also a viable proposition for those who either don't want to shell out for the M8 or weren't down with the form factor. You're paying for the brand and brushed-metal design over any stand-out component or feature, and in that case, the price might be acceptable at £150 less than the M8 demands. I'm much more interested in seeing what carriers can do to that price when it actually launches, and I imagine when subsidies begin to kick in, the answer to the question I'm still pondering will be "Yes."

Critic reviews

7.6
21 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    8.0
  • Display
    7.5
  • Battery life
    7.3
  • Camera
    6.8
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    8.9
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.6
  • Media support
  • Durability
    7.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    7.4

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User reviews

9.0
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8.0
Engadget May 26, 2014

Beneath the brushed-aluminum body is capable internal hardware, even if it's not a huge improvement over last year's One mini. The 13-megapixel camera leaves a lot to be desired, but if you want the M8's premium design at a cheaper price or in a smaller form factor, you won't be disappointed.

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7.0
CNET May 26, 2014

If style is of the utmost importance, it's worth checking out, but the Moto G is much better value.

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7.0
ZDNet May 26, 2014

If the Mini 2 was priced very low, then I might consider it, but at the near premium smartphone pricing overseas I would rather have a One M8, Galaxy S5, or Z2.

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7.0
Gizmodo May 26, 2014

It may look like the M8 on the outside, but under the hood its considerably less exciting ... But as an upgrade from the HTC One Mini (as the naming convention chosen by HTC suggests it should be seen as) it's a total success.

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7.0
AnandTech May 26, 2014

The One mini 2 is torn between high end materials and lower cost internals, what it's lacking is balance. Give the mini 2 a better calibrated display, a slightly better camera and a higher performing SoC, and I think we'd be closer to a balanced device at this price point.

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10
The Guardian May 26, 2014

It would make a solid upgrade from smartphones bought around two years ago, while not being truly hand stretching like most of the other premium smartphones with 5in or larger screens.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint May 26, 2014

There's a lot of good going on in the HTC One mini 2. For many it will be perfectly powerful, the battery performance is reasonable if not exemplary, but the software experience is one of our favourites in the current market.

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7.0
SlashGear May 26, 2014

The HTC One mini 2 doesn’t knock it out the park, then, but neither does it disappoint in the same way that the One mini of last year did.

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7.0
Wired UK May 28, 2014

The HTC One mini 2 offers a few welcome upgrades to the original and does a fairly good job of offering a cut-price alternative to the full-grown version, delivering a good range of specs without too much compromise, in an equally classy, if only slightly smaller package.

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8.0
The Verge May 26, 2014

One mini 2 retains plenty of the One’s visual and ergonomic appeal, but it’s just not as polished nor as coherent a device.

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8.0
phoneArena May 26, 2014

It’s a gorgeous phone and whatnot, but when other phones like the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact have raised the bar in what we expect from these so-called “mini” phones, we expected better from this.

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8.0
Phone Scoop May 26, 2014

The One may be HTC's flagship device for the year, but the mini 2 is a more approachable handset thanks to its reduced footprint, lower price point, and compelling performance/value.

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8.0
T3 May 26, 2014

The HTC One Mini 2 is a solid improvement on what was already one of the best smaller-sized handsets out there.

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8.0
TechRadar May 26, 2014

If you want a premium Android smartphone which isn't massive the HTC One Mini 2 is a worthy contender, but it's not without its flaws.

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7.0
TrustedReviews May 26, 2014

The HTC One Mini 2 is a nice phone, but at launch it's a little expensive. If you love the design you won't be disappointed with the One Mini 2, but we'd recommend most people seek out cheaper alternatives or wait for the price to drop a little.

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7.0
BGR May 26, 2014

The One mini 2 is great, but is it so great that people should considering paying more for it than they would for a very popular alternative? ... Much less expensive smartphones are available from much more popular vendors.

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10
Stuff May 26, 2014

Yes, the Z1 Compact remains the first and only truly no-compromise mini smartphone, thanks to its pixel-packed camera and more powerful innards, but the One Mini 2's stunning design will be very hard to resist.

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8.0
PocketNow May 26, 2014

So on the whole, the One mini 2 is indeed a compromise, just like most of the mini flagships that came before it. But thanks to its top-notch construction and solid fundamentals, it’s one we can happily recommend – for the right price.

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First Looks

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Engadget May 15, 2014

On the subject of whether smaller phones necessarily ought to be lesser phones, it's clear that HTC doesn't agree with Sony, and it doesn't want to tread the same path as the high-specced Xperia Z1 Compact. The One Mini 2 is aesthetically very similar to its larger sibling.

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Pocket-Lint May 15, 2014

The HTC One mini 2 doesn't appear to do anything particularly wrong as a mid-range device, but the camera seems like an oddity, drifting from the message of the rest of the One family.

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SlashGear May 15, 2014

The family resemblance between the One mini 2 and the One M8 is clear, though HTC has cut costs in a few areas. For a start it's not a full unibody in the same way that the One M8 is, and there's more plastic to be found in the construction.

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Android Central May 15, 2014

That the HTC One Mini 2 lacks the features of the M8 is not to say it's a bad phone. We're not getting that feeling at all. It looks and feels great. It's snappy. The BoomSound speakers (and audio enhancements), while smaller, still sound better than any rear-speakered phone out there.

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GSM Arena May 15, 2014

The HTC One mini 2 is a prized addition to Android's mini lineup. The "mini" moniker will certainly come under fire though - not because of the 4.5" screen but because of the height. Is it worth it though?

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BGR May 15, 2014

The Taiwan-based vendor has once again shown that its design chops are a cut above most rivals. Despite being firmly planted in the mid-range category, the One mini 2 looks and feels like a high-end smartphone.

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9.0
justers123 justers123

Good all round phone. Premium design. Camera is pretty good, the sound quality of the boomsound speakers is amazing. Not the most powerful phone but handles most things I have thrown at it although noticed a slight bit of lag when playing some games. Battery life is decent - can easily get a full...

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