HTC has started from the last year to make compact smartphones with almost the same casing look, excepting the new HTC One family. The HTC Explorer is a compact and tough phone. It comes in four different colors: active navy, active black, metallic black and metallic navy and the back cover seems to be covered with a rubber material because it offers a good hand grip. Some of the main features are:
- Light and compact
- Quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G support
- 14.4 Mbps HSDPA, 5.76 Mbps HSUPA support
- 3.2″ 256K-color TFT capacitive touchscreen of HVGA resolution (320 x 480)
- 600MHz Snapdragon S1 MSM7227A chipset, Cortex A5 CPU, 512MB RAM, Adreno 200 GPU
- Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) with HTC Sense 3.5 UI
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with hotspot functionality
- GPS with A-GPS connectivity
- 3 MP fixed-focus camera, geo-tagging, face detection
- VGA video @ 24fps
- microUSB port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v3.0
- microSD slot (up to 32GB)
- Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
- Accelerometer, proximity sensor
- Stereo FM radio with RDS
- Turn-to-mute, lift-to-tone-down, pocket mode, flip for speakerphone
- Smart dialing
- DivX/XviD video support
- HTCSense.com integration
- Adobe Flash support
- Ultra-fast boot times (if you don’t remove battery)
Full specs here.
HTC has kept this phone on a low price so it can be an entry level smartphone but they put an ARMv7 chipset. So the phone can have the Adobe Flash support and you can run freely on the internet with no stress. The chipset is a Snapdragon Qualcomm MSM7227A. The processor is Cortex-A5 clocked at 600 MHz and the GPU is the almighty and well-known Adreno 200. The RAM and ROM memory have both the same size, 512Mb. The internal storage is low, only 90Mb, because it is occupied by the OS which is Android version 2.3 Gingerbread with the HTC Sense 3.5 user interface which in turn fills the memory too. But don’t worry you can expand the storage up to 32GB with a microSD card.
The Explorer has a 3.2 inches display with 256k colors. It supports a HVGA resolution of 320×480 pixels and has a pixel density of 180ppi. Its colors and viewing angles are pretty good. Above the screen the phone has a light sensor, which few entry level smartphones have it. The phone dimensions are 102.8×57.2×12.9mm and it weighs 108 grams.
The 3MP camera actually takes good pictures for a sensor this small. It has fixed focus, face detection and geo-tagging. In video mode it can shoot at a resolution of 480p.
It has good connectivity features for an entry level: 236 Kbps download speed in 2G mode, HSDPA up to 14.4 Mbps and HSUPA up to 5.7 Mbps in 3G mode, Wi-Fi with b/g/n protocols and Hotspot, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP + EDR and a microUSB slot.
The battery has 1230 mAh. In a normal use with some calls, browse, music, games and data connections the battery life goes somewhere around 1 day and 5 hours. Excluding the Wi-Fi and 3G data connections may help you with an extra 5 hours maybe.
Overall the HTC Explorer is a good entry level smartphone which impresses much more than you would expect from a 600 MHz CPU. It has good quality materials, it’s compact and well built. Have a look on www.mobilephonedeals.com for good deals with the Explorer.