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HTC One Mini – An upgraded/updated One S

HTC ONE Mini Bleu

I have to admit that my first impressions regarding HTC’s One Mini were not the greatest.

After having gotten my dirty hands on a Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, which had seemed very good, I laid weary eyes on this plastic edged device. That being said, after dropping my HTC One and observing that the aluminium shell was dented on one corner, and that despite my flip cover, the One Mini’s plastic frame seemed a little friendlier already.

But my sudden change of heart can be attributed to one factor: THE COLOR!

Indeed, as I watch the Silver One Mini, I still see a poor looking One, but its blue twin…

It’s as simple as that: similar color to an iPhone 5C, but waaaaay cuter (question of taste -and my aversion to iOS- I guess)… And 200€ cheaper if I am not mistaken (OK, this is not a question of taste).

To come back to the title: I had been quite disappointed with the dreadful screen quality on the One S and by how slow it could get. We shall see in the future if the One Mini gets slow, but for now, despite the lack of evolution in the hardware specs (Ram and CPU did not increase between One S and One Mini), Sense 5.0 being a little lighter -which I still hate by the way- I dare hope that the lags affecting the One S won’t affect the Mini [Actually, my wife proved me wrong after 4 months of use].

Finally, I am still very impressed and happy about the double-speaker Boomsound and the low-light photos. The front facing camera is also way better than that of the One S, which was really in disgrace compared to the One X.

So the Mini is much closer to its bigger brother than the One S was to the One X; and this is good news.

The HTC One Mini is thus a quite honorable Mini, with arguments to face the S4 Mini… And makes a good impression. At least if you only compare to Minis… And not to… Compacts… Catching my drift? Sony Xperia Z1 Mini? I felt that phone was going to change the game. And as far as I am concerned, they did. I do hope the public will react well to it so as to show all the others that there is a market for 4.3″ flagships… Let’s hope that HTC will follow Sony’s lead and manufacture not an All New One Mini, but an All New One COMPACT!!

Kind of like this:

Petit One




Oppo montre l’exemple avec Cyanogen Mod.

Depuis l’avènement de Sense 5 et cette idée, qui à mon sens reste saugrenue, de se débarrasser de tous les impressionant widgets HTC, sous prétexte que M. et Mme. Toutlemonde n’utilisent que trois panneaux et peu de widgets, l’idée des systèmes AOSP m’apparaît de moins en moins futile. En effet, les différences ayant été réduites, m’obligeant à utiliser des widgets aux designs très différents et donc à perdre en homogénéité (par rapport à Sense <4+), je me sens moins étranger au concept de système Android sans surcouche.

Mais quitte à utiliser Android sans surcouche, autant se tourner vers ceux qui offrent la quintessence d'Android.

Cherchons alors des options.

Imaginez un système d'exploitation pour lequel les gens doivent décider de renoncer à leur garantie, suivre des tutoriels improbables, tenant de la magie noire, avant d'enfin pouvoir l'installer, devoir recommencer leur configuration à zéro. Imaginez que malgré ces contraintes 10.000.000 de terminaux aient été ainsi triturés pour obtenir les ROM Customs créées par l'équipe Cyanogen.

Partant de ce constat, une évidence s’impose. Si tant de millions de gens sont prêts à sacrifier leur temps et leur garantie, ça doit valoir le coup.

Et bien je confirme. Si vous utilisez Android sous sa version la plus pure, vous avez tout à gagner à passer à Cyanogen Mod. En effet, les options de personnalisation sont tout bonnement incroyables et que dire des fonctionnalités, toujours à la pointe.

C’est précisément pour cela qu’Oppo montre l’exemple. En intégrant Cyanogen Mod de manière native dans leur Oppo N1, la marque permet aux utilisateurs de bénéficier d’un terminal tournant sous ce qui se fait de mieux… Sans abandonner la garantie !

Certains constructeurs, dont HTC, ont tenté l’aventure du terminal en Google Play Edition (sans surcouche). Je pense, à mon humble avis, qu’ils auraient tout à gagner à tenter la Cyanogen Mod Edition.

Mon rêve: un Sony Xperia Z1s CME !

Et vous ? Utilisez-vous Cyanogen Mod ? Quel appareil souhaiteriez-vous pouvoir obtenir en Cyanogen Mod Edition ?

What do you expect from the HTC One?

Last Tuesday, HTC announced what might be my next smartphone.

For the first time, I am not saying « HTC announced what IS GOING TO be my next smartphone. » That, in itself, is already a little bit of a shock.

Indeed, when the Sensation XE was released, I was impressed with the Specifications and Beats Audio and my smartphone from that time was having trouble coping with the custom ROM I had installed because it was too demanding for it’s hardware. Then the One X came with an ultra-light body and was just so nice to hold. The evolution of Sense (the UI above Android) also made me want to get the One X. Finally, when a store offered to give a Beats Audio headset for free, I was convinced.

This year, the HTC One comes with impressive new features:

New system for taking pictures which promises to be revolutionary with an htc-developed camera and a system to make your picture gallery come alive (ZOE); two very loud speakers for a clear stereo sound without headphones; 2Gb of RAM memory (twice my current phone) and what appears to be a blazing-fast processor.

However, the new version of Sense seems not to have been a priority this year. Probably because most of the development went into the Blinkfeed. The blink what?

Blinkfeed:  a set of tiles which synchronize all news from whatever you have subscribed to. And it looks like this:


I’m sorry but am I the only one who thinks this looks like an enhanced version of this?


Is HTC trying to merge Windows Phone and Android?

It’s not such a bad idea but one of the things I found a little annoying on Windows Phone was that all the information appeared at the same place. This looked a little messy for me. I prefer being able to segregate Facebook and Twitter for instance, because I do not use those social networks for the same purpose. Facebook is more for personal relations and Twitter is more related to technology and sports. Hence the desire not to randomly see all information appear on the same page.

I seem not to be the only one to have doubts concerning Blinkfeed. Indeed, one of the HTC executives already tweeted a screenshot of his home screen to show that the new WP-looking feed is not mandatory and that the classical widgets are still available. The big question is: have the classical widgets been improved? Will I find new things apart from the Blinkfeed? This is my main concern. There is no point in changing a phone which is behaving perfectly fine in order to get the same UI. At least not at that price.

After further investigation on dedicated websaite, it turns out that it is impossible to remove the Blinkfeed AND that the number of pannels has been reduced from 7 to 5, one of which has to display the Blinkfeed. So the number of pannels really drops to  4, which is 3 less than I currently use.

So it seems that this time I shall wait for the phone to land in stores in order to try it out and ensure it is worth the €600+.

For that I guess I will have to wait another month.

What I expect, is that the hardware evolution will be more impressive than it is on paper and that this will convince me to buy a phone which in my view doesn’t bring my User-Interface experience to the next level.

On a side note: How many of you have been bothered by someone listening to their music without headphones on public transportation? These speakers might make your commutes even worse… Or better since the sound will be nicer. I’ll just have to convince the owner to put on your favorite song. « Hey mister DJ… »

Let’s wait and see.

What do you think about the new HTC Flagship?

And most importantly, the bets are on: Do you think I will buy one and write a review?