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HTC Explorer the front runner in the budget Android phone up for grabs. The whole consumer electronics world held their breath as HTC unveiled their addition to the lower end smartphone class. It was incredible what Explorer can do when you put it up against its rivals Samsung Galaxy Y Duos and Galaxy Ace. It was a brilliant move my HTC to go ahead with idea of a affordable HTC phone that could not actually afford it. Lets face it, when people hear the name HTC they think more of that classy amazing phone feeling rather then when you say Samsung. HTC Explorer is on top of its class. One of the best selling low price smartphone ever period. It has been put up with some great specs on paper, lets see if they actually play out that way.
The phone is not built to perfection but not totally downgraded as well. Fairly decent for its price. Beautifully curved around the edges to feel better in your hands, provide you with a good grip. We do feel they could have done better with the built quality of the phone but well, guess they did the best they could with that plastic. It has dimensions of 102.8 x 57.2 x 12.9 mm (4.05 x 2.25 x 0.51 in) weighing around 108g which is quite decent. It is not a large phone, just manages to conserve its personality and still shine. Its not the HTC wow feel but the HTC “ 🙂 “ feel to the phone.
HTC has provided the HTC Explorer with a 3.2 inch screen. It does not look small because its wide enough to make you see words on the browser clear enough without much adjustments. With a resolution of 320×480 pixels with 256K colours it looks quite nice when you compare it to the Galaxy Y and Galaxy Ace by Samsung but not so much comparing it to the big brothers of HTC- the Desire series. Its not the best display to view your HD content of even 480p+ for that fact but it serves its purpose to be viewable and not fail to deliver good content. The display has 180 ppi pixel density. From this count you can make out it is quite pixelated to some extent but so much better than the ones in its category opposing it.
Memory and Data
The phone comes with a mere 90 MB internal storage. But most of the retailers sell it with 2GB microSD card for free. The main memory is a good 512MB RAM that you find on classy phones. You can use the microSD cards and extend the memory to up to 32 gigabytes. We recommend you not to put more than 8GB or max 16GB inside. You get bluetooth v3.0. There is no NFC and you also get microUSB slot to transfer files directly.
Camera on the HTC Explorer is just ok. It has a 3.15 MP primary camera. It takes images in resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. It does not have led flash or smile detection that is kind of disappointing. It takes videos in 480p. There is no secondary camera you would like for video chatting. You can capture good videos to keep up a collection of things that were too random to have a camcoder.
So it runs on the Android Gingerbread v2.3.3. It is quite outdated now but for the system it gives great performance. The Gingerbread is not deep on customization but gives you the perks of Android, the huge gallery of apps and development. The UI with Sense 3.5 along with the android environment works brilliantly. They gel up amazingly together. You got all the games there, the social networking apps and few of the pro ones. But all in all still an amazing OS and UI to own and get your hands on. Android continues to stun the world both for developers and users.
Having a very decent 600MHz processor whose power is managed by a 512MB RAM, this phone does rather well against the 800MHz processor of the phones in the same class. The computer does a good work managing apps and making multitasking as good as it gets for such a low price. But a 800MHz would have been a bliss from the same company. Guess it was not meant to be. HTC did a great job providing quality to group of people who did not want to go for the expensive phone (relatively).
This phone is rather better to be bought in comparison to any phone in the 5k-7k INR price range. It looks good, feels good and handles your work relatively better. Decent camera, decent power and decent performance with a decent price. Buy it, or put up for Xperia E.
|GENERAL||2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3G Network||HSDPA 900 / 2100|
|Status||Available. Released 2011, October|
|BODY||Dimensions||102.8 x 57.2 x 12.9 mm (4.05 x 2.25 x 0.51 in)|
|Weight||108 g (3.81 oz)|
|DISPLAY||Type||TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors|
|Size||320 x 480 pixels, 3.2 inches (~180 ppi pixel density)|
|– HTC Sense UI 3.5|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones|
|– SRS surround sound enhancement|
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSD, up to 32 GB|
|Internal||90 MB storage, 512 MB ROM, 512 MB RAM|
|DATA||GPRS||Up to 80 kbps|
|EDGE||Up to 236.8 kbps|
|Speed||HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v3.0 with A2DP, EDR|
|USB||Yes, microUSB v2.0|
|CAMERA||Primary||3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels, check quality|
|Features||Geo-tagging, face detection|
|FEATURES||OS||Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM7225A Snapdragon|
|CPU||600 MHz Cortex A5|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM|
|Browser||HTML, Adobe Flash|
|Radio||Stereo FM radio with RDS|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support|
|Java||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|
|Colors||Active Black, Active Navy, Metallic Black, Metallic Navy|
|– SNS integration
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail
– YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa
– MP3/eAAC+/WAV/WMA player
– XviD/MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– Voice memo
– Predictive text input
|BATTERY||Li-Ion 1230 mAh battery|
|Stand-by||Up to 485 h (2G) / Up to 445 h (3G)|
|Talk time||Up to 7 h 40 min (2G) / Up to 7 h 33 min (3G)|
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