Excerpt: The HTC Explorer is so named not because it's a phone for Bear Grylls-style adventurers, but because it's for people exploring the world of smart phones for the first time. It's the cheapest smart phone in the HTC range, sitting below the Wildfire S, and it's been purposefully designed to be easy to use. We tried the phone out to see how easy it is to go exploring. The phone has a rugged-feeling rubberised texture on the back.
Conclusion: The HTC Explorer represents great value for money. It’s very easy to get to grips with and the layout is easily customisable. Overall performance is very smooth for a phone of this price and will more than satisfy those after an inexpensive pay-as-you-go phone. 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.
Pros: Easy to use, Easy to customise, Nice price
Cons: Camera isn’t the best, No flash, Maybe too small for some
Conclusion: I honestly believe that this phone has been aimed at the younger population because of its size, price point and actually the way it feels to use every day is an obvious indication for me that Smartphone junkies like me could never own a phone such as this one, but beginners or kids wanting a change from their Blackberry, Sorry James! But it could happen.
HTC Explorer Android Smartphone Review @ HardwareHeaven
25 January 2012
Excerpt: Browsing the inbox for news today I came across this review of the HTC Explorer over at HardwareHeaven and thought I’d share it with you. The gang over there only gives it a 7 out of 10 score, so that’s not great but not too bad overall. They don’t have a pros and cons list that I can see but you can head on over and read the full review for yourself, they’ve got plenty of pictures and more, it’s four pages total.
Conclusion: 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. The Explorer particularly impressed us when it handled Flash content with ease - both videos and games. It's good for watching some SD videos and playing some Android 3D games too.
Pros: 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 200 GPU, Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) with HTC Sense 3.5 UI, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with hotspot functionality, GPS with A-GPS connectivity, 3 MP fixed-focus camera, geotagging, face detection, VGA video @ 24fps, microUSB port (c...
Cons: Slow CPU, Modest retail package, Fixed-focus camera, No Document viewer, No secondary video call camera
Excerpt: 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 Snapdragon S1 ARM Cortex A5 45nm CPU at 600 MHz; which is equally fast as the older Qualcomm MSM7227 800 MHz CPU but consuming less power.
Summary: 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 the new Explorer, HTC quietly sweeps away all competition in the same price bracket. This phone won’t impress you, if you’re looking at plain specs.
Conclusion: On the whole, before turning on the device, we were relatively impressed with the HTC Explorer. We liked the simple design, and the rubber backplate had a sense of quality about it. But it’s when you start to delve a little deeper when the problems really start to surface. The low resolution, poor camera and disappointing internal storage ultimately let the device down, and overshadow what’s good about the device, mainly its looks and speed.
Summary: The HTC Explorer is so named not because it's a phone for Bear Grylls-style adventurers, but because it's for people exploring the world of smart phones for the first time. It's the cheapest smart phone in the HTC range, sitting below the Wildfire S, and it's been purposefully designed to be easy to use. We tried the phone out to see how easy it is to go exploring. The phone has a rugged-feeling rubberised texture on the back.