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HTC Explorer review

Budget Android smartphone that looks good - apart from the touchscreen

Little more than a check mark on the desirable specs sheet tick list designed to entice potential buyers, the HTC Explorer's camera comes with a distinct lack of performance-enhancing features, with no LED flash or autofocus and a meagre 3.15-megapixel sensor that fails to impress on any front.

A barebones snapper that doesn't even offer you the option of tapping areas of the screen to direct the camera's focus, the HTC Explorer's rear-mounted image capturer suffers from dire light management abilities. This turns days with less than blazing sunshine into shadowy nights that lack contrast or depth to the images.

Add to this heavily grained images due to the low quality sensor and even lower quality lens and you have a photographic ability that disappoints with each new shot and defies the statement that the best camera is the one you have with you.

HTC explorer review

With a noticeable lack of optional scene modes, available image manipulating variable settings do little to counteract the poor shots that plague the HTC Explorer's camera, with the picture capture options meekly extending no further that the chance to shoot with a greyscale, negative or sepia-tinted filter.

Although geo-tagging and face detection features are included, any potential saving grace is quickly pushed aside with the lack of autofocus and abysmal shutter speed joining forces to ensure that even in ideal light conditions snaps come out far from defined and with shallow edges. Even a slight wobble in the hand - something that is hard to avoid during the lengthy capture period - ruins the faint hope of an acceptable shot on the HTC Explorer.

Ensuring that pictures taken indoors are even worse than those in natural light, the handset's poor colour management and lack of integrated LED flash means shots in artificial lighting lack any appealing nature, with graining increasing and visual noise distortion further depleting the outcome.

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Slow shutter speeds result in blurred images.

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On rare occasions the HTC Explorer's camera can produce strong results.

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In less than bright sunshine, the HTC Explorer produces excessively dark shots.

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With a lack of autofocus, the HTC Explorer's camera produces less than sharp results.

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Images can lack depth.

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Losing the colour can help improve the camera's results.

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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
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density180 ppi
Height102.8 mm
Width57.2 mm
Depth12.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time485 Hour
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