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HTC Explorer

alaTest has collected and analyzed 332 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the build quality and battery. The portability and design are also mentioned favorably. Many are negative about the size and camera. There are some mixed opinions about the sound and screen.

usability, design, portability, battery, durability

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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 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: review summary for HTC Explorer


alaTest has collected and analysed 46 user reviews of HTC Explorer from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Mobile Phones on


80% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HTC Explorer Sim Free SmartphoneHTC Explorer / A310e / Pico ~ Touch Screen Digitizer ~ Mobile Phone Repair Part ReplacementSupergets® HTC Explorer Fibre Case

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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...

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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.


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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....

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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...

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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

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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

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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...

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HTC Explorer review


The Explorer is a budget handset aimed at first-time smartphone users, with a focus on keeping things simple and easy to use. It's a small but chubby handset which fits nicely in the hand, with a rugged plastic casing that feels sturdy and has a...

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

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HTC Explorer Review: In Depth


"I have had a few android phones like the htc wildfire and Motorola defy but this phone even with low specs is very fast the screen is nice and sharp with great colours and decent battery life, would definitely recommend this model infact I'm typing...

Easy to use ; Easy to customise ; Nice price

Camera isn’t the best ; No flash ; Maybe too small for some

Our only real criticisms of it are that some may find it too small. That and that the flash-less 3-megapixel camera isn’t very good. If you want a cheap touchscreen phone with a better camera then you ought to consider the HTC Wildfire S, which can be...

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HTC Explorer


It's comfy in the hand and handles the basics well. The HTC Explorer certainly has a unique appeal.

Cool pebble-like design ; Lightweight ; Improved Sense UI experience

No LED flash ; Not enough CPU power for high-end games

It doesn't look as classy as the Wildfire S, but it sure has its own unique appeal.

Product Specifications


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
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