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Robbie Savage: Ten David Moyes mistakes at Manchester United


Manchester United will not win a trophy this season, and the man heralded as the “Chosen One” on a banner in the Stretford End has made too many poor choices of his own.

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There’s an art to not exposing the weaknesses of your team, which is always your first priority

Sir Alex Ferguson Former Manchester United manager

Since taking charge of a side that won last season’s Premier League title by 11 points, David Moyes has endured a miserable eight months.

Clubs so often happy to leave United with a narrow defeat have boarded their respective team buses with landmark victories, domestic cup hopes have ended and, after midweek defeat at Olympiakos, the Red Devils’ European dreams are on the same path.

Moyes put his head in his hands as Robin van Persie ballooned a late chance over the bar in Greece. In truth, supporters could be forgiven for having done the same at a far earlier stage, such was the latest bland offering in a season in which one disappointment has quickly followed another.

I still believe Moyes is the man to lead United in what would always be a tricky post-Sir Alex Ferguson era. What I did not expect was for so much to go wrong so quickly.

Here are 10 Moyes mistakes at Manchester United:

1. Not being himself

One moment which stood out to me was his admission he did not substitute Robin van Persie in the home defeat by Newcastle because of the potential reaction from supporters. So what? He would have made the change at Everton. He was once fearless, but suddenly fearful. Fearful of a backlash.

Moyes should not care about what others think because he is at United because of his ability. He is good enough. He was the man chosen and now he has to believe in himself.

I have spent time with him and he is a passionate, hard-working man, but that will count for little if he does not start believing in himself a bit more.

David Moyes - 'The Chose One' sign

Sir Alex Ferguson told United supporters when he left that their job was to “get behind our new manager”

2. Bust in the big games

This, I thought, would change. He was criticised at Everton for not beating the big clubs and, this season, in the head-to-head table of the league’s top seven clubs, United sit bottom.

They have just one win in nine games against those sides and five defeats. It just is not good enough for a United team.

Moyes carries an inferiority in the big games and it is a big question mark. You can also point at the players, but couple a failure in big matches with the fact United will not win a trophy and not much has changed for Moyes since moving from Goodison Park.

Premier League top-seven head-to-head table

Club Matches Wins Points

Manchester City
























Manchester United




3. No transfer tenacity

A lack of conviction in the transfer market has been costly. He spent £65m on Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata combined, but the big question mark is the failure to land Cesc Fabregas. He was the man Moyes wanted and would have gone some way to addressing the club’s biggest on-field problem – midfield.

Missed midfield muscle

In their league appearances this season, Tom Cleverley, Michael Carrick, Shinji Kagawa, Marouane Fellaini and Darren Fletcher have not offered a single goal assist between them. Only Carrick and Cleverley have scored a goal.

Cesc Fabregas has created 12 goals in 27 appearances at Barcelona, scoring eight times.

Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Darren Fletcher, Shinji Kagawa and Fellaini have only scored two league goals between them this season and, incredibly, do not boast one goal assist. That is absolutely bizarre for a Manchester United midfield.

Moyes must have more conviction and be able to say ‘these are my targets, we have to get them’. Sir Alex even drove to collect Dimitar Berbatov from an airport, he left no stone unturned in getting his man. Moyes has to buy more ruthlessly than he has so far.

4. Why goodbye?

Nemanja Vidic has had such influence at United on the field. A captain and a leader, I cannot understand why it was announced halfway through a season that a player of such standing will leave in the summer. It is a bizarre way to manage the situation and could have been handled far better.

In the aftermath, Moyes was stern when fielding questions on the departing defender and felt Vidic’s character would prevent any lapse in form as his time at Old Trafford draws to a close.

I think he was their best player against Olympiakos, but if Vidic has a couple of bad games, people will say his mind is elsewhere. Players in the dressing room may say he is not on it, while some fans and media definitely will.

5. No starting XI consistency

Premier League’s most-changed starting line-ups

Club Number of average changes to starting XI

Man Utd


Man City




This is what baffles me with Moyes at United. At Everton, you could name the first XI most weeks. At United, he averages 3.5 changes each game – the most in the Premier League. That says to me he is still unsure of his first team and, so far into the season, that is not good.

He has to nail it down like he did at Everton because football players like the certainty that comes with knowing if and when they will play. Not knowing if you’re going to be selected from one day to the next can be very unsettling.

6. A mixed-up mentality

I have played at Old Trafford and stood there as a red wave swarmed all over my team from the outset. Against United, you knew what was coming your way would be intense.

This year, United have rolled out the red carpet for some teams as West Brom won at the Theatre of Dreams for the first time in 35 years, Newcastle broke a 41-year-hoodoo, and Everton ended 21 years of winless visits.

Moyes has to be less cautious and send his side out to throttle teams from the off with the type of pressure that will get supporters off their seats – pressure they expect to see their side apply.

It has just not happened this year and 286 shots in the league – a lower tally than at this stage of any of the past five seasons – coupled with the fact they have fallen behind 13 times, underline the Red Devils’ softer approach.

In his defence, Moyes has guided the side to 11 points from losing positions this term. Only Manchester City (14) boast more, so the never-say-die attitude is not dead yet.

Man Utd in the Premier League (and rank) 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

Data after 27 league games of each season (Source: Opta)


318 (6th)

312 (6th)

286 (6th)

Average possession

56.38% (5th)

56.32% (4th)

55.21% (6th)

7. Not managing the media

“I didn’t see it coming,” is how Moyes responded to defeat at Olympiakos. Sir Alex Ferguson certainly saw the media coming when crisis loomed at Old Trafford and Moyes must learn the same media lessons as his predecessor, because there is no scrutiny like that at United.

“There’s an art to not exposing the weaknesses of your team, which is always your first priority,” said Ferguson. The former United boss would not “let a press conference become a torture chamber” – but Moyes has the look of a man who has.

His body language and demeanour is that of someone who wants to do interviews as quickly as he can and get out of there.

Sometimes he can be short and spiky, at other times he seems too honest. There is no consistency. Did he really need to say he did not want to take Van Persie off against Newcastle because of the possible reaction from fans? He has to put a game face on; the best managers can do that.

“I don’t know what we have to do to win”, said Moyes after the defeat at Stoke. He sounded like someone who has run out of answers. In my view, he does not have to convince anyone that he is good enough to be United manager, but managing the media is a skill he must improve.

David Moyes dejected after Manchester United lose at Stoke

There was dejection for Moyes after defeat at Stoke at the Britannia Stadium

8. Changes in the backroom

Mike Phelan, Rene Meulensteen and Eric Steele had accumulated more than 20 years’ experience with United’s first team between them but left when Moyes took over in a move which surely he must now regret.

They would have helped him a great deal, so to lose those three was a big thing. Was Phil Neville ready to take on such a prominent role as part of the coaching team? I’m not sure. Steele said that jumping from Everton to United was like moving from Marks and Spencer to Harrods. Moyes wanted to be his own man and it has backfired.

9. Tactical mish-mash

After his side’s shock draw at Old Trafford, then-Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen said United’s desire to deliver crosses from wide “can be easy to play against”.

I think Moyes wants to change the way they play and needs to do so, but to make adjustments you need the necessary personnel.

He has three players in Wayne Rooney, Kagawa and Mata all best served in the number 10 position, so if he plays with two strikers as United did for the most part under Ferguson – even in Champions League finals – he has to move these central players out wide.

At the moment, personnel dictates the way they are playing, but with fewer shots and lower average possession than any time in the past five years, something has to change because, for a United team, it is just not good enough.

Sir Alex Ferguson

Ferguson won his 13th Premier League title in May, but Moyes’s side are sixth in the table, 15 points off the top

10. He is not Sir Alex

Who is? I don’t think anyone ever will be. You cannot fill his shoes.

Despite his stature, I go against common opinion that no manager would want to follow him. Moyes was right to take the job. The chance may never have come around again.

Winning the Treble is often cited as Sir Alex’s defining moment, but to take this team – perhaps only a top-six side – and win the league last season was incredible. Moyes is trying to fill the void of a champion with a side which, under anyone other than Ferguson, may not have even been contenders.

He will never be Sir Alex, but he needs one more summer to see if he can build the squad to get back into the Champions League.

What now?

I honestly believe he is the right man and his tenure at Old Trafford is not all doom and gloom. Where there was once uncertainty over Rooney’s future, the opposite is now true. In blooding Adnan Januzaj, Moyes has shown courage and an eye for talent.

In a club used to winning, however, these are small victories and whether Moyes is around to mastermind long-term success will rest upon a World Cup summer.

Can he spend the necessary £200m on talent wisely? Can he tighten his tactics, master the media and find comfort in his own skin on the Old Trafford touchline?

These are questions he must answer. It will be, without doubt, the biggest summer of his career and of Manchester United’s recent history.


Murphy’s Laws in sex




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1. The more beautiful the woman is who loves you, the easier it is to leave her with no hard feelings.


2. Nothing improves with age.


3. No matter how many times you’ve had it, if it’s offered take it, because it’ll never be quite the same again.


4. Sex has no calories.


5. Sex takes up the least amount of time and causes the most amount of trouble.


6. There is no remedy for sex but more sex.


7. Sex appeal is 50% what you’ve got and 50% what people think you’ve got.


8. No sex with anyone in the same office.



9. Sex is like snow; you never know how many inches you are going to get or how long it is going to last.


10. A man in the house is worth two in the street.


11. If you get them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow.


12. Virginity can be cured.


13. When a man’s wife learns to understand him, she usually stops listening to him.


14. Never sleep with anyone crazier than yourself.


15. The qualities that most attract a woman to a man are usually the same ones she can’t stand years later.


16. Sex is dirty only if it’s done right.


17. It is always the wrong time of month.


18. The best way to hold a man is in your arms.


19. When the lights are out, all women are beautiful.


20. Sex is hereditary. If your parents never had it, chances are you won’t either.


21. Sow your wild oats on Saturday night – Then on Sunday pray for crop failure.


22. The younger the better.


23. The game of love is never called off on account of darkness.


24. It was not the apple on the tree but the pair on the ground that caused the trouble in the garden.


 25. Sex discriminates against the shy and the ugly.


26. Before you find your handsome prince, you’ve got to kiss a lot of frogs.


27. There may be some things better than sex, and some things worse than sex. But there is nothing exactly like it.


28. Love your neighbor, but don’t get caught.


29. Love is a hole in the heart.


30. If the effort that went in research on the female bosom had gone into our space program, we would now be running hot-dog stands on the moon.


31. Love is a matter of chemistry, sex is a matter of physics.


32. Do it only with the best.


33. Sex is a three-letter word which needs some old-fashioned four-letter words to convey its full meaning.


34. One good turn gets most of the blankets.


35. You cannot produce a baby in one month by impregnating nine women.


36. Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.


37. It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.


38. Thou shalt not commit adultery…..unless in the mood.


39. Never lie down with a woman who’s got more troubles than you.


40. Abstain from wine, women, and song; mostly song.


41. Never argue with a woman when she’s tired — or rested.


42. A woman never forgets the men she could have had; a man, the women he couldn’t.


43. What matters is not the length of the wand, but the magic in the stick.


44. It is better to be looked over than overlooked.


45. Never say no.


46. A man can be happy with any woman as long as he doesn’t love her.


47. Folks playing leapfrog must complete all jumps.


48. Beauty is skin deep; ugly goes right to the bone.


49. Never stand between a fire hydrant and a dog.


50. A man is only a man, but a good bicycle is a ride.


51. Love comes in spurts.


52. The world does not revolve on an axis.


53. Sex is one of the nine reasons for reincarnation; the other eight are unimportant.


54. Smile, it makes people wonder what you are thinking.


55. Don’t do it if you can’t keep it up.


56. There is no difference between a wise man and a fool when they fall in love.


57. Never go to bed mad, stay up and fight.


58. Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another.


59.”This won’t hurt, I promise.”





Top 10 Fastest Cars in 2013

10. Koenigsegg CCX


This top-of-the-line supercar is designed and assembled in Sweden. The main objective by Koenigsegg in creating this outstanding car was to make it available to various parts of the world including the United States. Thus, the maker achieved this purpose by designing its engine to run efficiently on 91-octane fuel, which meets the U.S emission standards. It also manages to run the 14 mpg in combined cycle, as well as 18 mpg in highway road travels.

9. Pagani Huayra


The Pagani Huayra got its name from the “God of the Winds”, which is based on the Inca Empire. With the car’s superb speed and top performance, it is without a doubt that the name is indeed a perfect fit. This car model features the twinturbo Mercedes AMG 60-degrees 6-liter V12 engine, which can produce a stunning 730 horsepower and about 740 lb-ft torque. The interior features of this car is as impressive as its performance, as it includes futuristic components that are typical in a Pagani car. There are also gull-wing doors that add to the contemporary appeal of this automobile.

8. Zenvo ST1


Although the production is only limited to three cars a year, the Zenvo ST1 has placed Denmark as one of the most recognized countries that have produced high quality supercars in this era. The car is equipped with a 7-liter V8 with a supercharger and turbocharger strapped securely to it, and these components propel the car to a massive speed of 233 mh. Aside from being Denmark’s first and highly recognized supercar ever built, it also comes with a hefty price of about $1.23 million.

7. McLaren F1


It is a wonder to recall that only about two decades ago, McLaren started designing and producing the epic F1, and it was about 15 years ago that the maker has set a world record as the fastest car in the world. The McLaren F1, however, has revolutionized the automobile industry, and its car makers have attempted to assess and comprehend the technology that was used in the F1, which for most people seemed rather ahead of its time. While only about 106 Formula One cars were made, this model remains as the greatest and quickest cars that have ever cruised the road.

6. Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse WRC

The World Record Car by Bugatti has made the record as the fastest convertible in the entire world. This record was evaluated and verified at the 5.6-mile test track at the Volkswagen Group proving ground. In the test, the Veyron Grand Sport by Bugatti was equipped with 1,106 lb-ft torque and 1,200 horsepower, which was produced by the 7.9 liter quad-turbocharged W16 engine. This superior engine is then matted to an outstanding 7-speed dual clutch transmission. On top of all these great features, the car can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in roughly 3 seconds.


5. Saleen S7 Twin Turbo

This hand-crafted, carbon-fiber automobile is another supercar manufactured in the United States. The recent model includes a more powerful pair of turbochargers, which is capable of increasing the horsepower to about 750. Furthermore, the Saleen has a new and improved rear spoiler, as well as rear/front diffusers to maximize the downforce by up to 60 percent. This hypercar model was based on the design by Phil Frank, and it was Steve Saleen who first came up with this original concept for the car’s features.

4. Koenigsegg Agera R

The Koenigsegg Agera R from Sweden is known for its exotic and extraordinary appearance, which makes this car model quite a stunning one in the industry. Moreover, the remarkable look makes it among the most enviable cars in the world because of its catchy design and features. Aside from its impressive speed, the car is known for its fuel-efficiency components, as it runs on E85, which is a type of bio-fuel. It also produces about 180 more horsepower than a single tank on petrol. Additionally, it boasts of a new suspension system, increase on rev limiter to 7,500 rpm, and a lightweight feature for the rear exhaust system.

3. SSC Ultimate Aero

In 2007, this supercar’s speed was tested in West Richland, WA, along with the Guinness World Records to verify the results. The Aero held the record as the fastest car in the world for nearly three years until the Veyron SS was invented and took the top spot. Unfortunately, the Aero is not produced anymore, yet the latest model “Tuatara” projects a top speed at 276 mph.

2. Bugatti Veyron “SS” SuperSport

Known as one of the best hypercars in the world, the Veyron SuperSport has claimed the title as among the fastest cars. Although several manufacturers of supercars have attempted to take away this title from this car model, not one of them has succeeded in doing so. In fact, the Veyron SS produced a record-breaking speed when it was tested in Germany, in 2010. Since then, the Bugatti has become a staple when it comes to fast and pricey cars.

1. Venom GT


While this fancy car may seem like a fragile lotus at first glance, the Venom GT performs like no other. In fact, it has set an impressive world record because of its immense speed as it produced an average of 0-186 mph and acceleration time of about 13 seconds. Thus, this top record makes this car the quickest in the world. The Venom GT is manufactured in the Sealy Texas plant, and only a maximum of 10 vehicles is produced each year.

These are only some of the fastest and most lavish supercars in 2013. With the immense speed and spectacular features of these cars, they are sure to meet the high standards of automobile enthusiasts all over the world. What’s more, each car has something new and different to offer, which makes them a part of everyone’s wish list and must-haves.

Top 10 of The World’s Most Expensive Heavy bikes

Most Expensive Bikes

Heavy bikes, there is no other type of vehicle that can match the thrill that a heavy bike can provide. However, most heavy bikes are very expensive and you gotta be rich to afford one. A look at the top ten most expensive heavy bikes of the world will give you a sneak into the world of high end customers.

NCR LEGGERA 1200 Special

Beautiful Bikes

Starting from the tenth spot, our first bike is none other than NCR LEGGERA 1200 Special. It is incredibly lightweight because of the usage of large percentage of aluminum in the manufacture. Its body is made of Titanium. LEGGERA is a high performance 1160 cc bike capable of generating 125 hp. An enthusiast is sure to like NCR LEGGERA. This beautiful bike is available at a base price of $72000.


Fast & Expensive Bikes

Next on the list is an expensive superbike named NCR M16. This is a 990 cc V4 engine bike that can generate a horsepower up to 200 hp. The super slim shape and sleek design are two worthwhile features of this elegant sports bike. The great thing about this bike is that it is incredibly light. It weighs only 145 Kg. To sum up one can say that it is a perfect combination of style and grace. It can be bought for $77,000.

MV-Augusta F4CC

Expensive Bikes

Eighth most expensive heavy bike in the world is MV-Augusta F4CC. This 1078 cc heavy bike is capable of going to a top speed of 315 km/hr. Its powerful engine can produce 198 hp horsepower. In black color Augusta looks really spectacular. A unique aspect of this bike is the platinum plate that shows the model number. This limited edition bike costs you $120,000.

NCR Mike Hailwood TT

Most Expensive Heavy Bikes 2013

Next on the list is a V2 engine bike, NCR MH TT named after a legendary motorcycle racer. It weight is 136 Kg and it comes in three different colors i.e. red, green and white. It can be purchased at a price of $130000. NCR MH TT is easy to find provided you have the passion and the will to buy a limited edition bike.

MTT Turbine Super Bike

Expensive Heavy Bikes 2013

As we’re talking about the most expensive heavy bikes, there is a bike which you just cannot ignore and that bike is called MTT Turbine Super bike. This bike is both elegant and classy. Turbine Superbike is available at a price of $150,000 which makes it the sixth most expensive heavy bike in the world. The thing which makes it so unique is that it has turbine engine that is manufactured by Rolls Royce. Its engine can produce 300 hp and its unique features include rear camera with LCD display and one touch ignition.

Icon Sheene

Expensive Heavies

Fifth among the most expensive bike is Icon Sheene. The bike with its 1400 cc engine can produce a horsepower of 250 hp. It has a beautiful body and is capable of giving you a ride of a lifetime. The best part is that customer can ask company to customize it to suit his needs. Only 52 of these bikes were manufactured which were subsequently sold at a price $160,000 each.

AEM Carbon Fiber Hayabusa

Most Expensive Heavy Bikes

AEM Carbon Fiber Hayabusa is the fourth most expensive bike on our list. The bike capable of reaching a top speed of 300 Km/hr is a perfect example of simplicity and elegance. It also showcases the engineering excellence that has gone into manufacturing this bike. Carbon Fiber Hayabusa can be purchased in the $160,000-$200,000 price range.

Macchia Nera Concept Bike

Heavy Bikes 2013

NCR Macchia Nera concept bike is one of those creations that deserve to be in the most expensive list. The bike designed by Italian engineers will cost $201,000. Nera’s beautiful design and comfortable ride is what every driver desire. It was built around the Ducati 998 RS engine model. The lightweight metals that are used in its manufacture are what make it so easy to handle.

Ecosse Titanium Series RR

Expensive Bike

Second on the list of most expensive heavy bikes is Ecosse Titanium Series RR Limited edition. This particular bike has 2150 cc engine that can punch out a horsepower of 200 hp. Only 10 of these bikes have been manufactured. A unique feature of this bike (available at $275,000) is the timepiece that comes with it. Its body is manufactured from finest material with chassis made of Titanium.

Dodge Tomahawk V10

The Most Expensive Heavy Bike 2013

Talk about “Heavy”. In our list of most expensive heavy bikes is superbike Dodge Tomahawk V10. This unique looking bike was introduced in 2003 by Dodge manufacturers. The bike has certainly pushed the boundaries of the speed to which a vehicle can go. Dodge can attain a speed of 656 Km/hr which is physically unimaginable (that’s about half the speed of sound). Its 8.3 liter V10 engine is capable of producing 500 hp horsepower. Tomahawk has 16 disc front and 8 disc rear brakes that are capable of producing large stopping force. It has a staggering retail price of $550,000. Its ability to go from 0 to 100 in 2.5 seconds makes it so unique. This 8277 cc beast supports four wheels to ensure stability at higher speeds.

HTC One mini vs Samsung Galaxy S4 mini: Young guns

GSMArena team, 14 Nov 2013.

Tags: Samsung, HTC, Android


Yes, you can call it Round 2 but we don’t think it’ll be up to the minis to sort out any unfinished business between the flagships. What we do know though is that taking the dispute to the junior league doesn’t mean there’ll be less pain in losing and less honor in victory.

This doesn’t have to be a rerun – the minis don’t necessarily have to repeat the result of the flagships. Just like smartphones don’t necessarily have to be huge to have premium specs and push the limits of comfortable single-handed use to just prove a point or get noticed.

What we have here is two smartphones that try to deliver a premium experience without getting in the way of their seniors or venturing too far beyond the 4″ screen diagonal. However there’s a clear difference in how the two makers go about downsizing their flagships.

HTC decided in favor of screen resolution whereas Samsung skimped there. 720p is obviously better than qHD, at around 342ppi versus 256ppi in favor of the One mini. The S4 mini’s 4.3-incher on the other hand is a Super AMOLED, which partially makes up for the lower resolution.

Then there’s processing power where the two devices share a Snapdragon 400 chipset but the Samsung mini has the upper hand in terms of clock speed. It also gets 1.5GB of RAM against the 1GB of the One mini but more on that in the benchmarks chapter.

HTC One mini and Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

The S4 mini goes for 8 gigs of onboard storage but offers a microSD card slot, while the One mini only has 16 gigs on tap. As to software, it’s Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 either way but the One mini has the elaborate visuals of Sense 5 against the feature-packed TouchWiz on the Galaxy S4 mini.

The cameras are opposites too. The Galaxy S4 mini goes for an 8MP unit with plenty of TouchWiz bells and whistles, while the One mini has the 4MP UltraPixel camera with 2µm pixels, F/2.0 aperture and a wide-angle 28 mm lens. The HTC One mini has Zoe but not the optical image stabilization of its bigger brother, the full-sized One. Both devices have 1080p video recording too.

Then there’s build quality and looks. Both devices traditionally reflect their manufacturer’s design philosophies: the One mini looks the flagship part with its aluminum unibody, while the S4 mini goes for a hyperglazed all-plastic case, which is nowhere near aesthetically, but a user-replaceable battery and memory expansion earn it usability points.

Here are all the points neatly compiled in lists.

HTC One mini over Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

  • Aluminum unibody
  • Higher screen resolution
  • HDR and 60fps video
  • More built-in storage
  • Better audio quality
  • Stereo speakers with Beats audio amplifiers

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini over the HTC One mini

  • Faster processor
  • Higher resolution camera
  • Expandable storage
  • More RAM
  • Cheaper
  • User-accessible battery
  • NFC support
  • Lighter

So, there’s enough to compare in these two but one thing that sees them equal is the desire to fit as much of the flagships’ features into more compact bodies at more affordable prices. And we love them for it. But we’ll need to sort them out feature by feature, break them down to parts and pit them against each other.

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The HTC One mini and Samsung Galaxy S4 mini at HQ

It’s a battle in which most of you already have a side to root for, or a downright favorite. HTC and Samsung have always managed to attract different sorts of crowds and the same scenario plays out here too. In any case we’re going all in over the following pages so get comfortable – next stop is the hardware checkup.

Hardware comparison

So, whether they’re made of plastic or aluminum, these two devices are minis to begin with. Compact size is their main weapon in luring users away from the flagships.

At 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.9 mm the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini clearly has the upper hand in pocketability and ergonomics. The HTC One mini is notably taller and a little thicker and wider at 132 x 63.2 x 9.3 mm. The One mini is also somewhat heavier at 122 g compared to the Samsung’s 107 g.

So, while the HTC One mini is clearly the better looking phone, the Galaxy S4 mini manages to fit a screen of the same 4.3″ diagonal in a more compact, body. Of course, the HTC One mini has the stereo BoomSound speakers to show for the added height.



In terms of design, both mini versions are nearly complete replicas of the respective flagship. The HTC One mini has got a wider polycarbonate frame around its sides, instead of sticking to aluminum for those too, which is the more practical solution – aluminum edges are very easy to chip and bend.

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The two minis

There’s nothing to visually set the Galaxy S4 mini apart from the original other than the size. The thing there is Samsung is using the same styling, which isn’t that great to begin with. What the Galaxy S4 mini has to its advantage is the ultra-slim screen bezels and the overall compact size.

The hardware Home button with capacitive Menu and Back keys are the far more convenient choice compared to the two-key combo in the HTC One mini. You can still start task switcher and Google Now with double tapping and holding of the home key, that means you have one button in charge of three actions

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Above and below the screen

The HTC One mini only has a pop-out SIM tray on the left side whereas the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini’s removable back panel readily grants access to the battery and card slots. The Galaxy S4 mini solution is far more comfortable as it doesn’t require you to carry a pin at all times to be able to exchange SIM cards.

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SIM tray on the HTC One mini

The HTC One mini has lost its IR port, which on the bigger One was integrated in the power key. The S4 mini has kept the IR blaster of its bigger sibling, scoring another point for usability. Another usability problem with the HTC One mini buttons (after the capacitive keys issue) is the position of the power key. At the top of the rather long device, it is much harder to reach than on the Galaxy S4 mini, making unlocking the phone with one hand problematic on many occasions. And when you are talking a mini smartphone that’s quite important.

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The camera lenses are both centrally placed at the top, each with a single LED flash. The HTC One mini has a 4MP camera which HTC dubs UltraPixel technology with large 2µm pixels but lacks the OIS of the HTC One. The Samsung smartphone has a conventional 8MP unit, which is again a downgrade from the Galaxy S4 13MP camera.

The One mini’s back feels more refined than the S4 mini one. It’s a unibody design with thin plastic ridges across the subtly curved cold aluminum casing. The HTC mini just feels better to hold in hand.

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On the back

The hyperglaze finish could well be one of those things that work better on a larger scale. It does make the Galaxy S4 mini look like just another glossy plastic midrange smartphone. To be fair though, the all-plastic construction doesn’t take away from the build quality – the Galaxy S4 mini is well put together and quite durable in the long run.

Not that the HTC One mini has given us reasons to doubt its build either. The HTC One mini is overall more refined and mature. Plus, having the speakers up front does make a difference in terms of sound experience.

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Held in hand

However, the Samsung mini gets extra points for convenience. It has a removable battery and expandable storage via a microSD card slot. Not that the HTC mini’s shorthanded with 16 gigs of storage, but a microSD slot offers more than just memory expansion. The battery backup is perhaps even more important in some scenarios and even the IR port is worth having in your daily driver of a device so we give the nod again to Samsung’s Galaxy S4 mini.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S4 mini. Both devices have their strong points which at first glance balance out very well – HTC’s One mini has the more conveniently located speakers, and the superior finish and looks, while the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini is the far more practical unit with a compact body, expandable storage, user-accessible battery and an IR blaster.

Had it remained like this we would have called it a draw, but the awkwardly placed power key on the One mini and the two key capacitive combo lost further points for the HTC smartphone. And the fact that a 32GB version isn’t available make the lack of expandable storage even more problematic so we have to call this one in favor of the Samsung. A real shame considering how beautifu


Even though reduced in size, a screen has to represent the phone in a manner worthy of its price tag and market position. So let’s get to it – how do the two minis fare in the display department.

On paper, the HTC One mini is the clear winner – it’s an HD unit of 1280 x 720 resolution resulting in around 342 pixels per inch, meaning you won’t discern individual pixels with a naked eye from a normal viewing distance. The Super LCD2 is also a proven name and we loved it on the 4.7″ HTC One X.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 mini goes for the same 4.3″ diagonal but lowers the resolution to qHD (540 x 960) which amounts to around 256 ppi, meaning it’s not quite as sharp, but the Super AMOLED panel gives it an edge in other aspects of the image quality. The Galaxy S4 screen has naturally superior contrast to any LCD and offers more vibrant colors with more saturation. It also features Samsung’s screen modes settings that let you tune down the effect and get the natural and realistic looks of the LCD screens.

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Both screens side by side

Despite being an AMOLED unit the screen on the Galaxy S4 mini isn’t using a Pentile matrix but instead goes for a somewhat unorthodox RGB. Check out the pixel arrangement below. The HTC One mini has the same pixel arrangement as its 1080p brother but pixels are larger, while the S4 mini uses the pixel arrangement of the Galaxy Note II.

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We come up comes to the more scientific analysis part of the screen test. The Galaxy S4 mini has all-natural blacks but the HTC One mini doesn’t do too bad either. Speaking of which, brightness is way superior on the HTC One mini, which is mainly due to the LCD technology – AMOLEDs tend to be a little dimmer to preserve power.

Contrast on the Super AMOLED is practically infinite, but the HTC One mini isn’t doing too bad for the LCD league either.

Display test 50% brightness 100% brightness
Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Samsung I9195 Galaxy S4 mini 0 166 0 396
HTC One mini 0.15 177 1197 0.5 685 1361

Next up is the sunlight legibility test. What you need to know before we continue is that AMOLEDs have a tendency to be less reflective than LCD’s because they have one less layer to worry about. This helps the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini take the victory and despite its lower native brightness.

Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini 3.127
  • HTC One mini 2.003

Winner: HTC One mini (only just). The large resolution advantage helped the HTC smartphone to victory here. It found itself trailing in terms of contrast, sunlight legibility and color reproduction, but differences aren’t too large there so they couldn’t turn this one around. Feel free to disagree if you do more video watching than web browsing though.

Battery life

Battery life is one of the most important aspects of a smartphone, and one that we watch very closely. The HTC One mini is powered by a 1800mAh Li-Po unit against a 1900mAh Li-Ion unit in the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini.

Let’s see how the devices did at talk time. The HTC One mini managed a little over 12 hours while the Galaxy S4 mini got an hour and 6 minutes more for a total of 13:10 hours of talking. A clear win for the Samsung mini here.

Talk time

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini 13:10
  • HTC One mini 12:04

In web browsing, the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini once again outdid its rival with 9:47 hours against 8:12.

Web browsing

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini 9:47
  • HTC One mini 8:12

Watching hours of video seems more of a task for those full-HD 5″ flagships but if you want to test out the minis we’ve got you covered. This is a shameful defeat for the HTC One mini – it managed 7:23 hours against the impressive 13:12 hours straight for the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini.

Video playback

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini 13:12
  • HTC One mini 7:23

Adding the numbers up and factoring in stand-by efficiency gets a decisive victory for the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini in the battery life test, with an endurance rating of 54 hours. What this means is you can count on more than two full days and then some between charges if you do an hour of calling, browsing and watching video daily.

HTC One mini review

The HTC One mini didn’t have the best of times here, its rating of 40h not nearly good enough to compete with the Galaxy S4 mini. And to make matters worse the Galaxy S4 mini offers a user-replaceable battery so you can carry a spare unit or easily replace your original one when it starts to degrade.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S4 mini. Not only did it complete a clean sweep in the individual challenges, but the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini downright trashed the HTC One mini when it came to the overall rating. And that user-replaceable battery also played in its favor   

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