HTC Explorer Review
HTC Explorer is familiar as it follows the look and feel of its predecessor, the Sensation. Measuring 101.3 x 59.4 x 12.4mm at a good 105 grams, the phone is easy on the hands. The 3.2" LCD of HVGA resolution (320x480 pixels) display does well for the price of the handheld but not so much could be expected from it. The touchscreen’s sensitivity is superb.
The phone’s ergonomics are kept simple. Just above the screen are the earpiece and proximity and ambient light sensors while right below are the standard capacitive keys: Home, Menu, Back and Search. The left side of the phone holds the micro USB port while the right side houses the volume rocker. At the top of the handheld you will find the usual 3.5mm headphone jack and Power/Lock button while at the bottom you will see the mouthpiece and the lanyard eyelet. The 3MP camera and the loudspeaker grill are located at the back. The phone’s internals are made accessible to the user which is a good thing. The combination of Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread and HTC Sense v3.5 gives HTC Explorer a good run. Its lock screen has a topnotch functionality. Seven home screens are made available. They are customizable but you cannot add or delete panes however. The handheld’s phonebook has a good social networking integration but remains well organized. Audio quality and loudspeaker functionality are excellent. Messaging system poses no problem and user interface is highly manageable. The HTC trademark of having two e-mail apps is always a plus.
Despite having an excellent interface, HTC Explorer’s 3MP fixed-focus camera which can capture up to 2048x1536 pixels is not for the avid snappers. Its color accuracy is disappointing and image quality in general is relatively left behind. For regular users however, the camera would suffice as photos look fine in social networking sites. There is no LED flash but there’s an ample set of effects available. Geotagging and face detection are nice features too. Video recording on the other hand, although highly customizable, is to be frowned upon. Its VGA resolution at 19 fps doesn’t meet the standards for VGA cameras. The gallery does a fine job. Sharing photos and videos via social networking sites is hassle-free. Video player is average but there’s no subtitle support. Music lovers would find HTC Explorer a delight because its music player is excellent and it even comes with sound enhancement features. FM Radio interface is kept simple and there’s RDS support.
The handheld provides an excellent mobile browsing experience with a complete set of connectivity options -- quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, tri-band 3G, Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 -- and Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Sense UI 3.5 combination. The only problem lies with text readability but browser interface is highly manageable. The phone’s catch is its full Flash and HTML5 support. Also, several apps are available at the Android market for better mobile entertainment experience. For additional customizations, HTC Hub is worth the click.