HTC Explorer Android Smartphone Price, Features and Other Details: We take a look at the very affordable HTC Explorer and see how it fares given its very cheap price point. Read on for the full details of the time we spent with the handset.
Design and construction
The HTC Explorer when it was released was the most affordable smartphone that Taiwanese mobile phone and tablet manufacturer HTC came up with. It is an entry level device that measures 102.8 x 57.2 x 12.9 mm and tips the scales at a mere 108 grams.
With its dimensions, the Explorer is diminutive by smartphone size and can easily slip into the pocket of your shirt or your jeans. It is rather wide in the hips and a bit bulky so even if it is a lightweight device, the bulk will always ensure that the handset stays where it should.
The back panel of the handset features a rubberized finish which gives the Explorer a rugged look while at the same time providing a secure grip to avoid slippage. The rubberized texture, combined with its very light catch weight, means that the handset is very comfortable to hold and play around with even for long periods of time.
The Explorer is available in a dark blue or black colorway but its covers are interchangeable a la the old, vintage Nokia 5110s and this feature easily enables a user to change the colorway of the handset to orange, purple or white.
Under the hood of the Explorer
The Explorer may be considered an entry level device but the components under its hood belie the categorization of the handset. Despite its status, it packs an SoC chipset in its circuitry that is considered to be a cousin of the SnapDragon chipset. What we are referring to is the device’s QualComm MSM7227 chipset.
Atop the 7227 chipset, we see the Scorpion processor of the Explorer with a clock speed of 600 MHz laboring away to ensure that it is able to provide the necessary computing power needed by the handset. Right next to the processor, we find the Adreno 200 GPU of the device which is primarily responsible in ensuring that all graphical issues are taken care of.
The Scorpion processor of the Explorer works in tandem with 512 MB of RAM and 512 MB of ROM which gives additional computing support to the processor. In terms of storage, the handset packs a laughable 90 MB of onboard memory. Laugh all you want though but since the handset has a dedicated media card slot that makes memory expansion an option, you are not stuck with 90MB but instead has the option to externally add storage space by making use of microSD cards of the high capacity type.
Given its puny size, it is already expected that the Explorer will pack a rather smallish display. True enough, it has been given a TFT capacitive touchscreen display with a diagonal of 3.2 inches. The screen of the Explorer has a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels and pixel density of 180 ppi.
We see the touch-sensitive controls of the handset sitting right below the display while the usual array of sensors such as proximity sensor and accelerometer are already built-in. not only that, the display of the device also has support for multi-touch input just like the competition.
Despite its smallish size and average resolution, the display of the Explorer is pretty impressive in its own way. The colors displayed on the screen are still very clear, vibrant and sharp. A lot of detail is also apparent and the device is also capable of above average viewing angles. Sunlight legibility is pretty good as well and there is not much problem even if the handset is used under direct sunlight.
The shooters of the Explorer
In terms of its shooting department, the entry level status of the device shows in this department. This is due to the fact that the Explorer only has one camera to bring to the table. Obviously, it is a rear-mounted shooter that has a resolution of 3.15 megapixels and with only autofocus to join it at the back panel. An LED flash is out of the question to ensure that the price point of the Explorer is kept to a bare minimum.
The rear shooter of the Explorer has features such as face detection and geotagging which are pretty much standard fare even for entry level status devices. It also has a video mode that makes it capable of doubling as a camcorder except that a user shouldn’t expect high-def video clips from the shooter given its meager capabilities.
The bottom line
As mentioned earlier, the HTC Explorer is the most affordable Android-powered smartphone to date from HTC. Affordable though in this case doesn’t mean the handset is pretty useless. It packs the classic HTC look albeit at a smaller than usual frame and boasts of a solid build quality not usually found in devices in its price range. It also has impressive specs for an entry level handset and the best part is its price point that brings the Android experience closer to the masses without having the quality and performance of the device compromised.
HTC Explorer Android Smartphone Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 6,500.00
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