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And if you really can't be bothered to get your HTC Mini out of your pocket, they've also announced the HTC Micro, which will be 4mm thick and credit card shaped, and will connect to your Mini via mainwave radio, with a chalkboard slate interface...
So basically HTC didnt want to make a watch but rather than be original they decided to make a phone but without a sim card slot...
I must be different, but I saw this as something you can use walking down the street without fear of someone ripping your spanking new (and expensive) mobile out of your hand and running off with it. Though I find it hard to justify the cost of it to stop that from happening.
But girls could use it in conjunction with their in their handbag, even leave this in an outside pocket of the bag, or of they've got pockets, this looks like it'd fit in pretty slim pockets.
That said, if it cost no more than £50 I'd be more positive about it's prospects.
I can't be the only person who has wondered why I need a smartphone and a tablet when one is just a bigger version of the other, but using a tablet as a phone doesn't really work, even with a bluetooth headset. Once you are used to a tablet, the screen on even a large 5in smartphone seems irritatingly small. If this device worked with a 4G enabled tablet and also came with an Apple app then it would save a lot of people a lot of money and end the need for two data contracts. Is this what HTC really has in mind but is trying to sneak in by the back door so as not to upset the big mobile phone carriers? I would much rather use my tablet for the internet and uses something like this for occasional phone calls. I suspect that many people buying smartphones with bigger and bigger screens feel the same way.
Ahh, so much noise.
I don't know why they've put the number keys on the front, since 99% of the time people will browse their contacts list and pick a person from there. Having the number keys there just confuses the message.
The message should highlight the issue of EM emmissions. Some people get a headache when using a mobile for a while, others just don't want to take the risk. Hence, the popularity of the Bluetooth headset. Bluetooth emissions are a fraction of GSM/3G/4G (and also of WiFi, if you are foolish enough to leave that on). Bluetooth is innocuous, so you can use this all day long without worrying. Do that with your mobile, and we'll be seeing you in the brain tumour unit.
Then there is the microphone placement. I've had people threaten to hang up on me if I don't unplug the bluetooth headset and put the phone cupped in front of my mouth, because the wind noise is killing them. This HTC Mini+ allows you (also because its LONG) to have the microphone in front of your mouth, and protect it from wind noise.
So this is a bluetooth headset, with the upside of a massive battery life and the mic in front of your mouth, but the downside that you have to hold it with one hand. Its a bluetooth not-hands-free headset.
Its not sexy though. If they lost the stupid numeric keys, squashed it a bit to a flattish pen shape, then put a clip on it so I could slip it in my jacket or jeans pocket, then I'd get it just for the fun of it.
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