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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

HTC Explorer review

A varying selection of hits and misses, the HTC Explorer's web-based features and characteristics see a host of abilities that far exceed the handset's budget price tag and entry-level stature brought back to Earth by an equally numerous collection of infuriating options detract from the plus points and on occasion create an uninviting online environment.

With the standard combination of 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity options, the pair of online accessing choices offer a Jekyll and Hyde experience in terms of load times. The 3G connection on the HTC Explorer takes an age to load standard text pages, but content-rich web pages are handled with ease via Wi-Fi, loading in impressive times that are a match to a number of the device's more illustrious rivals.

HTC Explorer review

Although the generic Android browser offers little in terms of unique features, or indeed even inspiring continued use, those not impressed by the barebones approach can opt to download a selection of optional browsers from the Google Play store, including the likes of Google's new Chrome for mobile offering.

While bookmarks are relatively easy to set and access, appearing at a tap of the touch-sensitive menu button as opposed to lining up next to the URL input bar, the handset's pitiful and cramped touchscreen QWERTY keyboard once again brings down the user experience by making input difficult - on this occasion causing URL input and search engine entrants to become troublesome and time consuming.

HTC Explorer review

Having endured the time-consuming 3G load times and irksome input issues, when viewing web pages on the HTC Explorer's 3.2-inch 480 x 320p display, text appears with less than defined edges, showing the poor quality of the screen and creating an experience that is both unpleasant on the eyes and lacks longevity appeal.

Counteracting these depleted text issues, the HTC Explorer plays host to impressive text reflow capabilities, a feature that is usually reserved for higher end handsets. This helps minimise the graining of text-based content when zooming in to a page.

Add Adobe Flash compatibility to this and the HTC handset's browser redeems some of its lost lustre.

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