Originally Posted by seepra
I don't get it either. Battery life has stayed something towards constant from first 600MHz single cores to modern 1.5GHz quad cores. I would very very much like to see a 1GHz single core done in modern lithography methods and very high efficiency without the encumbrance of ridiculous core count or clock speed. I only use my phone for instant messaging, irssi and email, so something like that with a very lightweight android ROM (without gapps) would be optimal for me if it helped keep the battery life sensible. That, and I really don't care if it's thicker than high-end phones. If having a plastic screen makes it less prone to shattering, I wouldn't mind that either. I'm not sure how much high resolution displays affect battery life, but 800x480 is totally fine IMO.
Essentially, I want a minimalistic Android phone with focus on good fit and finish despite durable/less shiny looking materials.
Another point I find annoying is the megapixel war. I would much rather have a 3 megapixel sensor in a camera that has half the amount of noise in comparison to higher pixel density sensors.
Check out the HTC One Mini, it sounds like it might be what you're looking for. Great build quality and a beautiful screen, similar to the HTC One. It has a 4.3" 720p display, Snapdragon 400 with a DC @ 1.4 GHz and an Adreno 305, 1 GB of memory (really wish it was 2 GB, but it's still snappy), a 4mp "Ultrapixel" Camera (same one as the HTC One though it lacks OIS), 16GB of internal storage, and a 1800 mAh battery. It's basically a smaller, gimped HTC One.
The development is limited at the moment, right now there is only a Rooted Odex/DeOdex Rom with the AT&T variant and the WWE variant (no AT&T bloat) and a modified kernel (they're waiting on HTC to release the source). Someone is working on CM 10.2 so which will hopefully be out soon.
I got mine yesterday and the battery life is pretty good in my opinion, I made a post about it on the XDA-developers forums here:
Also, 800x480 is pretty bad. Just look at the Galaxy S2. Once you see a phone with a 300+ DPI you won't want anything else.
Edited by Ecstacy - 9/15/13 at 2:09am