HTC HD Mini vs. Samsung Wave S8500 – Review

by Jerry D on July 19, 2010

It’s a battle of the mini phones as the super-skinny Samsung Wave takes on the compact HTC HD Mini. How do the two phones compare? I feel a fight coming on…


Handsets are usually fairly evenly matched in this round. The HD Mini is equipped with a 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps) chipset, along with 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. Samsung has crammed its handset with 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), improved 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. Nice. (0-1)

Size & Weight:

Size-wise, the HD Mini measures 103.8 x 57.7 x 11.7mm. In comparison, the Wave is 118.0 x 56.0 x 10.9mm. The HD Mini is the shorter of the two phones by 14.2mm. And if weight is an issue, then the Wave is 118g, while HTC’s phone is only 110g. (1-1)



HTC has built the HD Mini with a 5.0 Megapixel camera that boasts autofocus, geo-tagging, ‘touch focus’ and VGA video recording.

The Samsung Wave matches its opponent with a 5.0 Megapixel camera of its own, as well as autofocus, an LED flash, geo-tagging, face/smile/blink detection and image stablilization. But it trumps the HD Mini with HD video recording and an extra camera on the front, which is designed for video calling. (1-2)


As for screen size, the HTC HD Mini features a 3.2-inch (320 x 480) touch-sensitive LCD display. Measuring 3.3 inches, Wave’s touch-sensitive AMOLED screen is bigger, with a much better resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. (1-3)


In terms of performance, The Wave uses an ARM Cortex A8 chip, rated at 1GHz. The HD Mini’s processor is a much slower 600MHz Qualcomm MSM 7227 chip. HTC’s phone uses Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5.3 Professional, while Samsung showcases its own Bada OS. (1-4)

Downloadable apps:


The 2GB of memory in the Wave beats the standard 384MB capacity of the HD Mini. Obviously, the HD Mini also has a microSD interface, which can extend the overall capacity to a much more respectable 32GB. The 2GB storage capacity on Samsung’s phone can also be expanded to 32GB via the onboard microSD slot. (1-5)

Battery life:

How long will the battery last? The HD Mini boasts 7.25 hours of talktime according to HTC, while the Wave is rated at 8.5 hours. Standby time is rated at 500 hours and 450 hours respectively. (1-6)



The HD Mini also includes a stereo FM radio with RDS plus GPS/A-GPS. The Wave also features a stereo FM radio with RDS, FM radio recording, GPS/A-GPS, Samsung Mobile Navigator and a digital compass. (1-7)

The Samsung Wave wins!

samsung wave s8500 HTC HD Mini vs. Samsung Wave S8500   ReviewKerpow! This fight was about as even as a juggernaut versus a panda. The newer Samsung Wave S8500 easily wins the bout (1-7). It has the best all-round camera features, the most memory, a bigger and higher resolution display, plus HD video recording functionality. It’s also the thinnest of the two phones and more of a looker than the ageing HTC handset.

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

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