Sometimes it is useful to see what they mainstream media think of our phones. ZDNet has reviewed the HTC HD Mini, likely one of the last Windows Mobile phones released by HTC, and have not found too much to complain about.
They note the screen is small, but otherwise excellent, calling it sharp and bright with excellent viewing angles. The size did however impact the ability to type on the on-screen keyboard, which may be a problem for users with large fingers. They liked the touch sensitive buttons, but would have preferred hard ones, and while they found the yellow internals cute, felt this touch was amusing but pointless.
They appreciated the WIFI Internet sharing and also the 15 day trial of CoPilot, and found the 5 megapixel camera surprisingly good, despite lacking a flash.
Battery life was however an issue, and they note they were never comfortable going for 24 hours of use without access to mains power.
In this first review of a Windows Mobile 6.5.3 device they conclude:
We found the HTC HD mini a pleasure to use. Its small format makes it pocket-friendly and easy to handle, and only very keen mobile web users will find the 3.2in. screen restrictive.
Although the latest version of HTC’s Sense user interface for Windows Mobile is a step forward from its predecessor, the real question here is not about usability. It’s whether business users will upgrade now or hunker down and wait for Windows Phone 7 devices to arrive.
Read their full review here.