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HTC Explorer

HTC Explorer
alaScore 85

395 reviews

Jul, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 395 reviews of HTC Explorer. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviews about the portability and performance are generally positive. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are some less positive opinions about the sound. Comments about the reliability and screen are different.

size, usability, price, performance, portability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the HTC Explorer is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 67 user reviews of HTC Explorer from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones on People are impressed by the size and portability. The performance and price also get good feedback, but the reliability and sound get less positive opinions.

usability, price, performance, portability, size

sound, reliability

82% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Jul, 2015

Expert review by: GSMArena team (

HTC Explorer review: The start of a journey


Ever since the Aria, HTC have had a petite Android on offer and the HTC Explorer is the latest in the line. With an affordable price tag, the plucky little smartphone will appeal to people looking for a compact set or users who are just about getting...

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 MSM7225A chipset, Cortex A5 CPU, 512MB RAM, Adreno...

Slow CPU ; Modest retail package ; Fixed-focus camera ; No Document viewer ; No secondary video call camera

When the HTC Explorer was announced our first thought was "Nothing we haven't seen. Next one please" but we admit we were wrong. The 600MHz processor did much better than expected - the chipset is much better than what the Wildfire S had.

Dec, 2011

Expert review by: Niall Coleman (

HTC Explorer Android Smartphone Review


The Explorer is HTC's new entry level smartphone aimed at those customers looking for a smartphone but turned off by the large, feature rich and costly offering that is the HTC Sensation and its ilk.

In terms of build quality the HTC Explorer does a surprisingly good job, given that the case is flexible, soft touch coated plastic reinforced with an aluminium strip. The handset has a sturdy and durable feel and plastic helps to keep the weight down....

Jan, 2012

Expert review by: theunwired (

PHOTOVIEW: HTC Explorer Android 2.3 Smartphone


Announced back in late September , the HTC Explorer follows HTC's tradition of affordable entry-level Android smartphones. Running on Android 2.3.5 / Gingerbread and featuring HTC Sense 3.5, the Explorer is powered by the brand new Qualcomm MSM7225A...

Nov, 2011

Expert review by: Arne Hess (

HTC Explorer Android 2.3 Smartphone


Announced back in late September, the HTC Explorer follows HTC's tradition of affordable entry-level Android smartphones. Running on Android 2.3.5/Gingerbread and featuring HTC Sense 3.5, the Explorer is powered by the brand new Qualcomm MSM7225A...

Expert review by: Luke Johnson (

HTC Explorer review


Budget Android smartphone that looks good - apart from the touchscreen

Fluid user interface ; Sturdy construction ; Strong web browser ; Responsive display

Low quality 3.15MP camera ; Small, grainy screen ; Occasional lag ; No boxed headphones

In true budget handset fashion, the compact HTC Explorer sees a selection of strong price-point pushing features depleted by an equally numerous selection of bugs and niggles that detract from the good points.

Jul, 2012

Expert review by: Ian Morris (

HTC Explorer review


Android is a mobile OS that clearly appeals to geeks. And its appeal to those who like flexible, powerful phones that have a great selection of games and apps is clear too. But where does that leave the person on the street? The normal Joe, the man or...

Cheap, small, clear calls, great for occasional users, good battery life

Screen is a little too small, screen looks bad with moving content

A great little phone that will appeal to exactly the people it should; occasional users who want a smartphone for a smattering of surfing and email, but nothing more

Jan, 2012

Expert review by: Pocket Lint (

HTC Explorer pictures and hands-on


HTC seems to be selling the Explorer as a phone for people new to smartphones. But from the time we've spent with it, people who have owned other Android handsets - or even iPhones - before might be quite keen to get their hands on one of these. For a...

Jan, 2012

Expert review by: Karan Shah (

HTC Explorer Review


HTC's debut entry into mid-budget Android phones, which happened with the Wildfire drew mixed reactions and didn't really hit the mark. Thereafter, they launched the Wildfire S, but the phone seemed like a minor update and it was priced a bit high,...

The HTC Explorer is priced at Rs.10,498, and at this price it competes with the likes of the Motorola Fire XT and the LG Optimus One. The XT was an absolute dud but the Optimus One is still going strong more than a year after its launch. However, with...

Nov, 2011

Expert review by: Niall Magennis (

HTC Explorer


If you haven't quite got the dough for one of HTC's pricier high-end Android handset, then the more affordable Explorer might be up your street.

Sense user interface ; Bright screen ; Low price tag ; Good performance for the price

Small screen hampers the web browsing experience slightly ; No headphones supplied ; Small amount of onboard storage

. The screen is nice and bright and although colours aren’t quite as strong and vivid as on the displays on HTC's higher-end handsets, videos and pictures still look pretty vibrant. The small screen size also helps to keep images looking sharp, despite...

Feb, 2012

Expert review by: Barry de la Rosa (

HTC Explorer review


A pleasingly chunky smartphone, but it's not the best value budget model we've seen

Feb, 2012

Product Specifications

Processor Brand:QUALCOMM
Processor Number:MSM7227


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Camera: Yes
Built-in Flash: No
Video Resolution in Pixel:HD480p / Unknown


Audio Playback: Yes
GPS Receiver:Built-in
Integrated Radio:FM Radio
Integrated TV Tuner: No
Java:No / Yes
Push to Talk: No
Realtone: Yes
User Interface for Text:Touchscreen
Video Client: Yes


A2DP: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Memory Card Slot: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: No
USB: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
WiFi Data Exchange: Yes

Data Transfer

Technology:GSM/PCN / WCDMA (UMTS)


Display Technology:TFT Display
Number of Display Colours:262.144
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Elderly Friendly Phone: No
Operating System:Android
Operating System Version:Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Operator:3 / EE / O2 / Orange / Sim Free / T-MOBILE / Tesco MB / Vodafone
Product Type:Mobile Phone / Smartphone
Way of Buying:Contract / Prepay Pack / Sim Free


E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging: Yes
Push email: Yes


Processor Brand:QUALCOMM
Processor Number:MSM7227
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