Pros Great build quality and functionality
Feels buttery smooth in everyday use - no lag at all.
Solid all-metal construction
Cons USB power socket on the phone itself
Summary I thought to knock it down to a 4-star, but for the time being it gets a 5 out of 5. I hope I will not have to edit this in say - a few months' time in regret. But so far - the Mini is good to go.
What I like about it is obvious, great build quality and functionality. The OS seems confident in giving the performance needed for a decent user experience. I don't think it's in need of a quad-core processor. I must add, the reason I went for the mini - is the size. I just can't bring myself to carry a hug-sized phone that reminds me of those huge Walkie Talkies the Yuppies' use to carry around in the 80s. To me a phone should be heard and not seen. Also, the transfer of old contacts from the old Nokia Phone - was a breeze: I was dreading it - but the Mini anticipates this and initiates a connection via Bluetooth to the old phone during setup.
The item I received seems the genuine article too: I've been reading the various customer reviews of each phone brand.
Few things that I dislike: the USB power socket on the phone itself. It's like HTC made the mini out of high quality design and engineering - but they've decided to give us the most flimsy looking-feeling USB charging port. I mean - are they hoping it will break - so that we buy another phone with the same power connection? The power connector is ever so weak looking - I'm sure it will suffer snapping with many users. The Camera isn't as I had expected, although that wasn't my priority. Ultrapixel may be the way to go; perhaps on the One it really shines, but on the Mini - I think it may not be as good. That said, the snap shots are great and as High-res as I'd like; the video in low light - was a bit disappointing - mainly because of the poor zoom distance; then again - it's a mobile phone not an SLR or an HD-Cam.(edit: the camera is really cruddy - don't buy this phone if you want great pictures!) Perhaps I'm expecting too much. The Network reception wasn't as good as the old Nokia - but then again - what's a bar-display on a screen really worth? So far the phone hasn't caused call-drops significantly; although I did have a call dropped that was a bit distorted. We'll have to see.
I would recommend it for anyone who does not expect a lot from a phone-camera and wants a smaller-size phone.
I have not mentioned the shorter battery life; a lot of reviewers have marked down the Mini for lower Battery charge specs. Still I have my phone on standby most of the time, and it lasted a full 24-hours - without heavy use with videos. Turning off the Bluetooth and Wireless network saves power. Still - it's now an accepted fact that with these Android phones - the battery is not going to give endless play time; the solution is to buy a mobile charger/power pack.
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I hope it helps.