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HTC One Mini: Did you know that a third of all people on Earth—2.3 billion—access the internet and roughly 1.2 billion do so via a mobile device? Do not be surprised but a change in mobile phones has occurred swiftly over the past few years, with people dumping their feature phones in favour of smartphones with touchscreens. As smartphones replace feature phones, internet access through a mobile device will dramatically increase. Research firm GO-Globe.com says that of the five billion mobile phones in the world in 2012, about 1.08 billion are smartphones. Owners of a smartphone consume the internet at a vastly higher amount than feature phone consumers—according to Nielsen, 82% of smartphone users access mobile browsers, compared to only 19% of feature phone owners. Sales of mobile devices already eclipsed sales of personal computers in Q4 of 2012, and Morgan Stanley projects that by 2014, mobile web surfing will eclipse that of desktop web surfing.
This transition has churned up the waters in the mobile device industry segment, with massive new challenges being created for the handset makers. How do you develop the best possible experience for the widest possible set of customers? As the device makers compete fiercely to attract new customers with their offerings, HTC seems to be miles ahead when it comes to giving people a fantastic, optimised internet experience on its handsets. Be it the HTC Desire, Explorer, Butterfly or the more recent One device, web surfing on these devices is simply superb. I believe that HTC offers the best smartphone experience, not to mention their devices’ stunning looks.
The HTC One mini is here, and if you think that ‘mini’ means you are getting a trimmed-down version of the widely popular HTC One, you are sadly mistaken. The Rs 36,790-a-piece One mini is a judicious mix of hardware and software, brought together to result in a snappy and smooth smartphone experience for the user. It packs multimedia, communication and top internet functionality in one highly stylish device. Constructed of polished metal alloy, it has a 4.3-inch display screen and narrow build for convenient single-hand operation.
I believe that the 4.3-inch mini looks much like the full-sized version (HTC One), and that goes for both the hardware and software. In addition to its similar-looking aluminum-and-plastic frame you’ll find both a 4-megapixel ultrapixel camera sensor and HTC’s Sense 5 user interface, meaning automatic video highlights, Zoe and BlinkFeed all