On board, you have free turn-by-turn satnav thanks to Google Maps' latest update, which is not to be sniffed at. Yes, route planning and on a 2.8in screen is far from ideal, and the system is a bit crude, but it got me to an obscure part of Bolton in good order.
Turn-by-turn satnav is built into the Mini
At 3.2Mp with auto-focus and an LED light, the camera spec isn't bad on paper but in the real world things are pretty grim. Colour saturation and light balance are both poor and definition goes over a cliff edge at the edges of the image. Shutter response time is abysmal too leading to many a blurry shot. Nor did the autofocus system impress. As the test shots demonstrate, it suffices for impromptu snaps but little else.
This phone shows exactly why Android will eventually beat Apple.
The UK doesn't have a flawless track record on human rights either.
Or have I only imagined the past 13 years or so of New Labour's illegal-invading, torture support, and civil-rights-eroding administration?
Looks good for the price
Looks like a good Android phone for the PAYG price it is being offered at.
It's not quite a Hero, but it does have the latest Android (which the Hero is nowhere near getting currently) including the sat nav.
It bodes well for next year's budget Android handsets, which will probably be 800MHz ARM Cortex A8s, rather than the 528MHz ARM11 that this phone has (and shared with the Hero).
HTC is taiwanese
can't say that Huawei is original but their main selling point is that as long as their design sells it doesn't matter how it's designed or whose styling cue they nicked it from.
The popular consensus is that HTC stands for "High Technology Computer".
But I'm not one for letting facts get in the way of a good conspiracy theory.