Phones HTC One Mini vs One vs my old iPhone 3GS

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Oujmik, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. Oujmik macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2012
    My iPhone 3GS is getting to the stage where it is too slow to use, was thinking of a 5S but the price is just unjustifiable for me currently and I'm pretty bored of iOS (although perhaps iOS7 might help...) was thinking of a move to HTC.

    I work for one of the big carriers here in the UK and have a staff discount so I don't need to worry about the cost of minutes/data/etc. The only cost to me is the handset (at normal retail price). This means that cheaper handsets make a huge difference to what I end up paying relatively speaking. iPhones have a very high handset cost, whereas the HTC One is cheaper and the One Mini cheaper still so I'm favouring the mini. I'm not looking to splash out on a luxury device, just to get a more effective phone for my cash.

    If I went for the mini, what would I miss compared to the One? I know it's slower, but they should both wipe the floor with my 3GS right?
  2. FrankB1191 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2013
    The HTC One is going to offer a larger screen, and that led my purchase (along with my wife and son buying one as well). I went out to dinner with my parents this weekend, and my mother bought the One the following day. She liked it's larger display.

    The One is a very fast device, and the screen size and display quality are excellent. The One Mini will leave you squinting a bit, but would be easier to hold. None of us has a problem holding the full size One, however.
  3. ChazUK macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2008
    Essex (UK)
    The One Mini lacks the 1080p screen, quad core Snapdragon 600, NFC and Optical Image Stabilisation on the Camera if the top if my head.

    Sense UI is said to run beautifully on the One Mini however so if none of the above bothers you that much it should be fine.

    I'd hope to think it would trounce the 3gs easily given the differences in age. I had a Galaxy Mega which has the same CPU (Snapdragon 400) and it preformed fine, even with the blasted mess that is Touchwiz.

    With the Nexus 5 due though I would wait as that could be a great value handset if Google follow similar prices with the N4.

    I'd gladly own a One Mini either way, looks to be a nice handset.
  4. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Of course they should, the 3GS was released in 2009.
  5. Schicksal macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2008
    It's tough to make a comparison - I think the 3GS stopped receiving IOS updates around the time you were able to select a wallpaper for your home screen.
  6. Oujmik thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2012
    Not quite that long ago. It stopped being updated when iOS7 was launched.
  7. Oujmik thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2012
    Thanks for the reminder about the Nexus, just been released and looks like it might be available for me to order from tomorrow! Should be cheaper than the mini too...

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