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HTC Explorer review

Budget Android smartphone that looks good - apart from the touchscreen

Our Verdict

With its intuitive operating system skin, the HTC Explorer would make an excellent first smartphone.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 512 MB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 3 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 7.66 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 320

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For

  • Fluid user interface
  • Sturdy construction
  • Strong web browser
  • Responsive display

Against

  • Low quality 3.15MP camera
  • Small, grainy screen
  • Occasional lag
  • No boxed headphones

As is standard Android fair, the HTC Explorer comes pre-installed with Google's market-leading Google Maps software, with simple navigation advice and an intuitive service that will help you locate yourself when stumbling through the streets lost.

Enabling the handset to live up to its "Explorer" branding, the handset will ensure you find your way in double quick time, locking on to GPS signals in impressive times and enabling you to benefit from the usual collection of features from public transport overlays to turn-by-turn navigation guidelines.

HTC Explorer review

On the app front, the Android innards once again keep the HTC Explorer in good stead, with access to the Google Play Store meaning you have access to more than 600,000 Android applications, including a bevy of games, utilities and communication services.

With a sense of social networking supremacy, the HTC Explorer removes the need to download the dedicated Facebook and Twitter Android applications, with the pre-installed Friend Stream app enabling you to sync your personal social network feeds with the device for instant, well laid out and correlated access to the full spectrum of social streams in a single, easy to access and navigate location.

The handset's low grade 600MHz single core processor and 320 x 480p display mean playing some of the more comprehensive games from the Google Play store produce less than ideal results.

All apps added to the handset are handily stored in the centralised menu for ease of access that can be enhanced by moving shortcuts to the home screen.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory512 MB
Built-in FlashNo
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyExplorer
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution3 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time7.66 Hour
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Screen Resolution480 x 320
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)108 g
Maximum Video Resolution720 x 480
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log, Caller ID, Call Barring, Call Waiting, Smart Dialing, Fixed Dialing, Call Forwarding, Conference Call
Pixel Density180 ppi
Height102.8 mm
Width57.2 mm
Depth12.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameExplorer Smartphone
Processor Speed600 MHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon
Product LineExplorer
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeG-sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part Number99HNZ004-00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
Marketing Information

Intuitive, easy to use lockscreen and homescreen

With HTC Explorer we've put what's most important to you right at your fingertips. The lockscreen lets you access your contacts, mail, camera, and messages in one swipe even when your phone is locked. And to make things convenient for you, HTC Explorer offers an intuitive, clean homescreen design that focuses on the most frequently used features and notifies you when you've received an email or text message or have a calendar event.

Package Contents
  • Explorer Smartphone
  • Battery
  • USB Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • Safety and Regulatory Guide
Limited Warranty1 Year