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HTC Explorer

Friday 02 March 2012

G-Rating

Rating of 3

The basics

The HTC Explorer is a small entry level phone. It has a 3.2-inch screen, a 600MHz processor, 3-megapixel camera and 512MB of internal memory. The HTC Explorer does not pack its own pair of earphones, but a 3.5mm slot up top lets you use your own. Wi-Fi functionality also lets you browse the web using your internet connection at home or anywhere there is a Wi-Fi hotspot.

The good

For a device so small the HTC Explorer has a great screen that at times displays colours wonderfully, particularly when viewing video. It’s an LCD screen that when it wants to performs like the AMOLED screens you’ll find on pricier handsets. And as typical of HTC handsets, the HTC Explorer is well made. Like its more mid-entry lookalike the HTC Wildfire, the attention to detail here is to be applauded. Even the Android buttons look great on this phone. The handset is solidly put together. Reassuringly so for such a small handset. The battery life is also to be praised. With minimal use you could easily make it last three days, even with a light spot of web browsing.

The bad

The HTC Explorer may be well built but it’s hardly the most desirable of phones. It’s an entry level phone, and it looks like one. And some will find it a little too small. This gives rise to problems typing on its dainty touchscreen keypad. Expect to make a lot of errors when typing. We praised the screen but it doesn’t always perform to its best. Browsing menus and quickly swiping between them makes it look shoddy at times. Too much activity and it struggles to look its best. The small screen also hampers the web browsing experience. The 3-megapixel camera also performs poorly. Images are grainy, lack colour, and the focus is fixed, so don’t expect shots to be anywhere close to the quality of high-end smartphones. Video is equally poorly, and grainy.

The bottom line

The HTC Explorer is decent entry level phone that offers little in the way of standout features. Despite this it’s still a worthwhile purchase for those simply looking for a phone they use to stay in contact, but love the idea of being able to hit up their Facebook account.
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