HTC Explorer

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OS Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread)
Battery Standard Li-ion 1230 mAh
Rear Camera 3.15 MP
Front Camera
Display Size 3.2 inch
RAM 512 MB
Memory Card microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal Memory 90 MB
Processor 600 MHz
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General Information
Announced September, 2011
Form Factor Bar
Released Oct, 2011
Box Content Charger, USB Cable, Earphone
Shades Active Black, Active Navy, Metallic Black, Metallic Navy
OS Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread)
Languages English
Hardware
Processor 600 MHz
Chipset Qualcomm MSM7225A Snapdragon
Graphics Processor Adreno 200
Camera
Rear Camera 3.15 MP
Camera Resolution 2048x1536 pixels
Front Camera
GeoTagging
Face Detection
Smile Detection
Auto Focus
Digital Zoom
Primary Camera 3.15 MP, 2048x1536 Pixels, Digital Zoom
Display
Display Colours 256000
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (H) 320 pixels
Display Resolution (V) 480 pixels
Display Size 3.2 inch
SenseUI
Multi-Touch
Handwriting Recognition
Scratch Resistant
Pixels Per Inch Density 180 ppi
Display Type TFT
Memory
RAM 512 MB
ROM 512 MB
Call Log
Memory Card microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal Memory 90 MB
Dimensions & Weight
Height 102.8 mm
Width 57.2 mm
Thickness 12.9 mm
Weight 108 gms
Battery
Stand-by (2G) Up to 485 hours
Stand-by (3G) Up to 445 hours
Talktime (2G) Up to 7.4 hours
Talktime (3G) Up to 7.33 hours
Battery Standard Li-ion 1230 mAh
Internet & Connectivity
Infrared
HSCSD
Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, EDR
USB
Handsfree
GPS
A-GPS
SIM Type Mini
Networks 2G + 3G
GPRS Up to 80 kbps
Data Speed HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
EDGE Up to 236.8 kbps
2G Network GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
3G Network HSDPA 900/2100 MHz
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
Basic Features
Java via Java MIDP emulator
Calendar
Voice Dialing
Voice Memo
Sync
SyncML
Clock
Alarm Clock
Organiser
In-built Torch
Office Applications
Trackball
SNS Integration
Entertainment
Radio
Music Player
Video Player
Voice Recording
Image Viewer
Video Recording
3.5mm Jack/Port
Games
Ringtones
Vibration
Ringtones Polyphonic, MIDI
Messaging
T9 Dictionary
QWERTY Keypad
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email
Sensors
Accelerometer Sensor
Proximity Sensor

HTC Explorer Review

29 Jan, 13 06:44 PM

Overview

User Friendly Smartphone for Newbies!

Overview of HTC Explorer

Announced in September 2011, the HTC Explorer is a successor to the HTC Desire series. While it’s the top end of the market that receives most of the media coverage, this phone is aimed at the needs of the average smartphone user – but what does it have to offer? HTC Explorer is designed for those exploring the world of smart phones for the first time. It is very easy to use and also one of the cheapest in the range of HTC cell phones. Design-wise it is small with a rubberized texture on the back. It is available in very decent colors like Metallic Navy, Metallic Blue, Active Navy and Active Black. It has a display screen which is 3.2 inches WVGA with 320 x 480 pixel resolution. It runs Android's latest version v2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. Connectivity features include Wi-Fi, GPRS, 3G, Bluetooth.The camera is only 3.2 MP without LED flash. Other features in this smart phone include voice recording, a very good music player, Audio 3.5 jack, FM radio and Games. HTC Explorer is definitely a must have for those stepping their foot in the world of smart phones.

Design and Build Quality of HTC Explorer

In appearance the HTC Explorer is similar to the HTC Wildfire S. The handset is available in a range of colors. The phone’s compact body, measuring 103mm by 57mm, only allows for a small screen, 3.2 inches in size. The display is of a lower resolution (320x480) than similar competitor models like the Sony Xperia Sola, but the brightness and colors are good. This does mean, however, that it’s a lot more subtle and pocket-friendly than bulky smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Note – and it weighs an airy 108g. While the phone is light and slim, it doesn’t feel or look cheap – the body looks neat and sleek, and can resist knocks and general wear-and-tear. The rubber casing at the back of the handset provides extra grip, something that many phones could benefit from. Its rubber buttons are built into the phone case

User Interface and Comfort to Use

The HTC Explorer runs on a 600MHz, which is significantly less powerful than the quadcore processors within the newer phones, but appropriate given the phone’s more affordable price tag. Its operating system is the Android 2.3 Gingerbread, refined by HTC's developers to make it comprehensible and user-friendly – an interface named ‘Sense’. The home screen is dominated by generously sized buttons that give fast access to essential and most-used processes. For Android users, the UI will be intuitive – multiple home screens, apps and widgets, with a separate tab for most-used items. Usefully, you can access mail, phone calls, messages and camera from the lock screen. On the whole, the phone is quick and responsive, and slows down only when heavy demands are put on it.

Telephony and Phonebook of HTC Explorer

The phone boasts HTC’s typically simple and well laid out contacts system, accessible using the app icon on the central menu. No social network integration is a downside, but IM nicknames can be stored. Contacts can be sorted into groups. Making calls is largely straightforward but call quality is average, even in areas of good signal. The phone suffers from occasional hang-ups, particularly during incoming calls. There are few options beyond the standard dialing functions.

Messaging and Emails

The phone offers a decent range of messaging options, including MMS, SMS and email. SMS/MMS options have a separate inbox to the email. Users who choose to coordinate their Android account with their primary email will find that the Gmail app is set up and ready to use. Otherwise, setup with a different account (e.g. Hotmail) is quick and straightforward, and the phone offers good support for multimedia messaging with video, audio and images. However, the on-screen QWERTY keyboard is painful to use, thanks to the cramped display.

Gallery, Photo Viewer and Video Player of HTC Explorer

If you want a media-friendly phone capable of storing and playing plenty of HD videos, the HTC Explorer isn’t for you. This modest device offers just 512MB of storage, of which only 90MB is available to the user. You’ll almost certainly find yourself using the microSD slot if you want to store any photos or video clips – and you are required to install an SD card to view the phone’s gallery, an irritating quirk. The phone can play HD video clips, but the down-scaling required makes the effect underwhelming.

Music Player and FM Radio (Audio Quality)

The phone has the standard HTC media player, incorporating Android’s audio player. The music app widget gives quick access to these functions, and also offers album art and smart touchscreen controls. File support is good, and the built-in FM radio, using the stereo headset as its antenna, does a reasonable job of detecting stations. Audio quality is comparably poor; the in-built speaker is too tinny to be of use.

Still Camera and Image Quality of HTC Explorer

On the back of the phone is its 3MP camera – passable, but nothing to shout about. The snaps are reasonable: most expose well to give a good range of color; but often they look washed out and blurry. Without flash, the camera copes poorly in low light.

Video Camera and Video Quality

The video function is surprisingly good for a phone of this kind: it manages to capture relatively crisp and colorful video without too much blurring or jerking. However, the phone’s low resolution means that quality leaves something to be desired, and it lacks auto-focus or scene modes.

Connectivity Options of HTC Explorer

Despite being at the lower end of the price range, the Explorer boasts the same connectivity options as top-line HTCs like the Sensation: 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 give users access to the full range of features. 3G is occasionally slow but Wi-Fi is impressively quick. The phone connects to a PC via micro-USB, and file transfers are fast.

Organiser and other utility tools

The basic tools are present, including Calendar and Alarm/Clock, in addition to the pre-loaded apps that come as standard. One major omission is that the phone lacks any pre-installed document viewer. A useful feature is its data monitor function, which enables users to better control data usage and get a better sense of how much is consumed by different tasks.

Web Browser and Applications of HTC Explorer

The lower resolution screen is not ideal for web browsing – the phone suffers in comparison with models of a similar price from competitor manufacturers. Very little of a webpage can be displayed, and users have to do a lot of swiping. The Explorer app copes well with most pages and media – notably, it supports Adobe Flash - and is suitable for watching short YouTube clips; but anything more demanding will cause some lag. Like all Android phones, the Explorer gives you access to Android Market, home to hundreds of thousands of apps for business, entertainment, organisation, social media and photos.

Google Maps and GPS

Google Maps comes pre-installed, and works well. True to its name, the phone is an excellent way-finder: GPS location is quick and accurate, and navigation instructions are simple, overlaid with useful interfaces like public transport.

Value for money

Considerably less expensive than the big name smartphones, the price tag is justified by sacrifices to hardware and software. However, the phone nevertheless boasts some excellent features and performs a range of basic functions well, making it good value.

Verdict of HTC Explorer

If you are in the market for a fast, powerful, top-range smartphone capable of running heavy-duty apps, the HTC Explorer isn’t for you. However, if you are looking for a mid-range phone at an affordable price that offers a simple user interface and hardware that will run essential apps and processes, the HTC Explorer is worth a second look.

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sarath

12-01-2013 12:30:00

nice

Ajay Yadav

02-01-2013 07:05:00

nice phone...

sreerag

10-12-2012 11:20:00

cool

sreerag

09-12-2012 04:55:00

good

BIJU NAIR

07-03-2012 15:04:00

I am using this phone last six months. this is good phone at entry level with android. one of the concern is low phone memmory and preladed application which you cannot delete. there is no Secondary camera and flash for Camera. voice clarity is good speed of Internet access is good. Most amazing is its calendar which capture personal event like birthdays , aniversays email ids from Facebook and google and add to your phone book. Battery backup you can adjust the way you use the phone, and it can also charge with USB cable.