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HTC Explorer Review

HTC ExplorerThe Explorer is a compact smartphone from HTC in the mid range in terms of price and technology with an emphasis on simplicity and ease-of-use. First impressions of the Explorer are the compact size and the sturdy, quality feel. There is a definite impression of build quality as soon as you pick this handset up with no flimsy plastic or creaks/squeaks in evidence. The handset feels really comfortable to hold with that rubber textured back panel and interchangeable coloured back covers are available.

Of course the advantage of the small size does not come without compromise, the 3.2-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen is quite small and doesn't provide the best image quality with some noticeable blurriness. But in fairness the touch sensitivity is very good and the 320x480 pixel resolution is decent with 180 pixels-per-inch. The camera is mediocre however, with a 3.15-megapixels sensor and video resolution of 480 pixels. The camera does have good functionality with digital zoom, self-timer, self portrait mode, capture effects, exposure control, white balance, ISO control, geo-tagging, auto-enhance, face detection and autofocus. But essentially the HTC Explorer is an entry-level Android device for those looking to take their first steps toward smartphone ownership, in this regard its hard to criticise. This handset sits much further down the HTC range than the likes of the Wildfire S.

Connectivity is good with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Hotspot creation, GPS and FM Radio. The onboard storage is limited with only 90Mb but this can be easily be expanded using a micro SD card up to 32GB. Performance is pretty good even with the fairly basic specifications of a 600MHz processor and 512MB of RAM. Running Android 2.3.5 helps the overall performance no end and offers Flash video support and a new version of HTC Sense, version 3.5 with the less cluttered home screen and new shortcut widgets, but with all the connected social network advantages of Android.

The HTC Explorer is offered on tariffs at the lower end of the range for light users and the features of this phone make this a brilliant budget choice for first time smartphone owners who don't need unlimited texts and massive monthly call minutes. For a very low purchase price or monthly tariff the HTC Explorer includes most of the  features of the higher end HTC phones, such as the social networking, fully customisable home screens, Wi-Fi capabilities and capacitive touchscreen. With its intuitive operating system and HTC sense skin, the HTC Explorer makes an excellent first smartphone for those who want a smartphones without the high costs.

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