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HTC Explorer review

Budget Android smartphone that looks good - apart from the touchscreen

Hardly the most media-centric handset on the market, the HTC Explorer incorporates the standard Android music player and video playback options, yet in a bid to keep costs low, and as an indication of the handset's priorities, is one of the very few devices on the market today that doesn't come boxed with even a low grade pair of plastic in-ear headphones.

Ticking off the now essential and universally expected MP3 player capabilities, the standardised Android music player is located on the central app menu, with those keen to use the HTC Explorer for its musical charms also able to benefit from a dedicated home screen widget.

HTC Explorer review

Offering more efficient access to tracks for quick audio playback at will, the music player widget is further enhanced by album art inclusions and a simple, easy to use touchscreen controls layout.

With the standard collection of MP3, WAV, MP4 and WMV file types supported, consumers looking to use the HTC Explorer for audio or video absorption will need to splash out on a large capacity microSD card, since the woeful 90MB of internal storage will hold virtually no content.

Although a dedicated video player is available and the HTC Explorer proves comfortable in the hand when holding it for media consumption, the handset's less than impressive TFT display means any video playback is viewed with a certain level of disinterest and a lack of vibrancy.

HTC Explorer review

As standard on all Android-filled Google-based handsets, YouTube is integrated via a dedicated and pre-installed application to provide further video viewing options.

Failing to impress when used for either audio or video playback, the HTC Explorer's inbuilt speakers are lacking in depth, pumping out hugely tinny, almost robotic and synthesized tones that do away with any well rounded notes at the outer limits of the audio spectrum.

On a more sedate side of the handset's media abilities, and the time-consuming experience proving troublesome and tiresome. Editing options extend to cropping and rotating.

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