HTC Explorer- Great Value For Money

 

HTC Explorer Front view

HTC Explorer front view

1. Introduction

I was always interested in exploring the budget sector of Android phones and the thirst for the same lead me into Exploring the Explorer! For almost a year Samsung Galaxy Y was the only phone in the budget android sector(<8k) which had more than a decent processor and would give the user run for their money.

 

  2. Styling, Ergonomics& Build Quality

    After holding the explorer in my palm it became very obvious about how well it fits into anyone’s palm. The rubbery texture along the back panel makes sure that the phone makes users feel like Spider Man clutching the phone with his Magical Web! The aluminum finished strip that runs vertically along the back panel & also houses the camera lens adds the Royal Touch to the Explorer.

  The volume rocker buttons& the keypad lock/power button lies Enclosed within the single piece panel. The four touch buttons (Home, settings, back and search) are a joy to operate & doesn’t need pressurized operation.

The Capacitive Buttons placed at the buttoms are extremely sensitive.

The Capacitive Buttons placed at the buttoms are extremely sensitive.

3.User Interface

Switch on the phone and the brilliance of the 3.2 inch Screen can be observed the display leaves no stones unturned in displaying the elements with utmost crispness.

HTC Touch UI works like a charm you can pull the Silver ring to unlock the phone.User can also set 4 frequently used apps on the lock screen. Drag the icon & drop it in the silver ring and voila your favorite app gets Opened!!!

Sense 3.5(Courtesy -HTC)

HTC Sense lock Screen along with Music Hot Keys.

4. Performance and Battery Backup.

The 600 MHz single core Qualcomm Processor is very efficient pairing with the GPU unit renders the necessary support even to the high end 3d games. The chipset hardly gets heated up even when used at the maximum capacity. Its a less known fact that the Explorer has a ARM 7 processor which is definitely one generation ahead and capable of the native ARM 5 and 6 processor .The battery runs fine for an entire day with all the apps and multimedia features used generously. It provides a decent talk time of around 4.5 hours.

1230 Battery manages to propel the phone with maximum usage till atleast 1.5 days!

 

5. Camera and Multimedia

The 3.15 Mp cam with 4x digital zoom does justice & holds true to its specs.The images are surprisingly clear and crisp in the Daylight adding to the surprise it can be observed that the photos have a great degree of detailing even at dark conditions. The video mode functions aptly recording videos at 15 fps. The big letdown is the absence of a dedicated camera button; it’s a task clicking the pictures using the small onscreen capture button.

3.15 Mp Fixed Focus Camera

Crisp Snaps taken by the Explorer in Bright Daylight.

 

Images start turning blurry and the presence of grains began during the dark.

Images start turning blurry and the presence of grains began during the dark.

Specs

CPU Processing Speed

600 MHz

Storage

Total storage:
512 MB
Available storage:
up to 90 MB
RAM:
512 MB

Connectors

  • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
  • Standard micro-USB (5-pin micro-USB 2.0)

Sensors

  • G-Sensor
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor

Multimedia

  • Gallery, Music, and FM Radio
  • SRS virtual surround sound enhancement

Audio supported formats:

  • Playback:.aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)
  • Recording:.amr

Video supported formats:

  • Playback:.3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3), .xvid (MP4 ASP and MP3)
  • Recording:.mp4

Power & Battery

Battery type:
Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
Capacity:
1230 mAh

Talk time:

  • WCDMA: Up to 453 minutes
  • GSM: Up to 460 minutes

Standby time:

  • WCDMA: Up to 445 hours
  • GSM: Up to 485 hours

Network

HSPA/WCDMA:

  • Europe/Asia: 900/2100 MHz

Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE:

  • 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

 

6. Pros& Cons

Pros

1. Very Handy Dimensions fits perfectly into ones Palm.

2. Solid Build Quality and Extremely Responsive Capacitive touch Buttons.

3 .Advanced Processor supports almost all high end games and apps.

4 .Decent Camera and host of other multimedia Features.

5. Feel Good Factor –Doesn’t feel like a Budget Android.

6. Highly Competitive Pricing.

Cons

1. Low internal Memory-Only 85mb left out for apps and games.

2. No dedicated Camera Key.

3. Touch is Extra Sensitive which needs the user to get familiar with.

4. No Flash

5. No Android ICS Update.

6. Headphones is not a standard “In the Box”accessory