by Cormack O'Connor in New Products on Friday 29 November 2013

If you’re a music lover always on the go, you’d know the benefits of having a reliable and compact device to listen to tunes on. That’s where the HTC One mini comes in. We got our hands on this nifty device in the Lost At E Minor office recently and I was wowed by how big and bright the screen was and how slim (and, dare I say, attractive) the phone was itself.

It made it even easier for me to sneak it out of the office in my pocket. Ah yes, this was a covert mission indeed.

Jumping onto the train, I fired up Spotify, plugged in some earphones and got listening. Thankfully Vodafones’s 4G network is lightening fast and I had the music pumping before I’d even taken my seat.

The sound through my earphones was crystal clear and the stream never stopped, lagged or lost quality. It was smooth sailing the whole trip with clear highs, punchy mids and bassy lows.

But while that was fun, it wasn’t until I arrived home that I got to experience the real magic of the HTC One mini’s musical capabilities: the HTC BoomSound dual frontal speakers. Boom! I’m not kidding when I say that the sound these pump out is better than many laptop speakers.

It’s crisp, loud and has a beautiful low end.

And the best part of all of this? The HTC One mini is available for nothing upfront on Vodafone’s $50 plan. Score! In fact, I can’t understand why everyone isn’t using this handset. Hmm, perhaps my colleagues won’t notice if I keep it for a just few more days…

Want to really test out those BoomSound speakers? Try these tunes:
1. Son Lux – Lost It To Trying
2. Kira Puru & The Bruise – When All Your Love Is Not Enough
3. Kelis – Millionaire
4. M83 – Midnight City (Trentemoller Remix)
5. The Tallest Man On Earth – Honey Won’t You Let Me In