HTC Aria vs. HTC HD Mini – Review

by Jerry D on July 25, 2010

The HTC Aria is essentially an Android version of HTC’s HD Mini handset, so we’ve approached this match-up a little differently. We’re ignoring all of the technology that’s exactly the same in both phones, and just rating them on the ones that remain – size & weight, software and battery life…

What’s the same?

The HTC Aria and the HTC HD Mini are basically the same phone. In terms of connectivity, both handsets feature 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR.

Both phones also feature a half-decent 5.0 Megapixel camera that boasts autofocus, geo-tagging, ‘touch focus’ and VGA video recording. We say ‘half-decent’ because the lack of an LED flash is disappointing. For that, you have to take a look at the HTC Wildfire

As for screen size, the HTC Aria and the HD Mini feature the same 3.2-inch (320 x 480) touch-sensitive LCD display. Under the hood, the two budget smartphones march to the beat of the same, ho-hum 600MHz Qualcomm MSM 7227 drum.

With only 384MB of RAM as standard, the HD Mini and the Aria have to rely on microSD cards to provide storage. Both can be expanded to a maximum capacity of 32GB. Other notable bits and bobs include: stereo FM radios (with RDS) plus GPS/A-GPS.

Size & Weight:

While the HD Mini and the Aria have a lot of technology in common, there are some small differences. For example, the Aria measures 104.1 x 58.4 x 11.7mm. In comparison, the HD Mini is smaller, with dimensions of 103.8 x 57.7 x 11.7mm. The Aria is slightly tubbier than the HD Mini too, weighing in at 115g. The HD Mini is 5g lighter at 110g. (0-1)

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Performance:

This is the round where the Aria excels. Running Android 2.1 (Eclair) with HTC’s Sense UI, it runs rings around the clunky Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5.3 Professional software installed on the HD Mini. Not only is Android more versatile and easy-to-use, the Android Market is fast becoming a serious contender to the iTunes App Store in terms of downloadable doodads. (1-1)

Battery life:

Calculating the staying power can be tricky. Judging by the spec sheets, the Aria boasts 6.0 hours of talktime, while the HD Mini is rated at 7.25 hours. Standby time is rated at 372 hours and 500 hours respectively. A dramatic loss for the Aria. (1-2)

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The HTC HD Mini wins!

htc hd mini HTC Aria vs. HTC HD Mini   ReviewThe HD Mini actually emerges as the winner of this fight (1-2). The Aria has everything going for it, but on a straight like-for-like tech comparison, the HD Mini is lighter, smaller and can last longer than its brother. It’s not a result you might have expected. If this had been a straight Android vs. Windows Mobile face-off, the Aria would probably win every time…

Do you agree with the outcome of this fight? Leave us a comment below now…

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