HTC Explorer (HTC Pico) | Android Power at Affordable Price

HTC Explorer is for you if you are a first time android buyer or if you have a powerful classy looking 4G phone and you often loose your phones while partying hard. HTC Explorer is an entry level android smartphone which has average hardware specs but has loads of features. This is probably the first entry level phone to officially have android 2.3 (Gingerbread). This is surprising too as HTC Explorer has 600 MHz processor, many hardliners will doubt about HTC Explorer's ability to run Gingerbread smoothly with paltry 600 MHz processor but for most cases this device do run Gingerbread pretty well. HTC Explorer Hardware Breakdown of HTC Explorer Body and Screen HTC Explorer is a small sized mobile as compared to today's big screen smartphones. It has a 3.2 inch HVGA screen. Screen is decent but not the best. Screen has 320x480 pixel resolution which is good for a 3.2 inch screen.  Screen is capacitive with 4 separate capacitive buttons at the bottom of the screen. These buttons are now standard in most of the android enabled phones. This mobile is a bit thicker than it should had been, may be due to extra heavy duty battery or something. But still given its miniscule size, phone does look a tiny bit thicker in pocket. Body is plastic made with a rubberized grip for back panel. Back panel of this phone comes out completely and can be replaced by other colorful panels.  Beside rubberized grip on its back, phone has a metalic portion on its back with HTC logo on it.
HTC Explorer with Replaceable Backs
HTC Explorer with Replaceable Backs
Hardware  as mentioned earlier, HTC explorer runs on a 600 MHz processor which is just enough to run Gingerbread with few user applications. Don't expect miraculous performance from this device as it is not meant for such expectations. It is a entry level decie which is good for a college going teen or it can be used as a first experience to android smartphone.  HTC Explorer has 384 MB of RAM with a 512 MB for ROM. Besides these, phone has 90 MB of internal storage which you will have to expand with microSD card. This phone supports microSD card up 32 GB storage. Camera Phone has only rear camera which is 3 mega pixel auto focus. There is no LED flash available.  Camera software supports geo tagging and face detection. Camera quality is acceptable. Data and Connectivity HTC Explorer is a 3G device and it is capable of HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps (maximum supported download and upload speeds). Besides it has GPRS and EDGE data connectivity.  Phone also has WiFi connectivity (Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot) and it can also act as WiFi hotspot, which means you can share your 3G internet connection with other wireless devices. This phone has microUSB and Bluetooth 3.0. Operating System HTC explorer runs on android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) . It also has latest HTC SenseUI 3.5 on top of Gingerbread. Home screen is nicely designed and is efficient to use. As far as software features of this mobile are concerned, HTC has a lot of youtube video for you . HTC Explorer Specifications in Detail
  • Also known as HTC Pico
  • Networks 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900; 3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
  • SIZE Dimensions 102.8 x 57.2 x 12.9 mm ;Weight 108 g
  • DISPLAY Type HVGA capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors ;Size 320 x 480 pixels, 3.2 inches (~180 ppi pixel density)
  • Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate ; Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
  • HTC Sense UI v3.5 ;Touch-sensitive controls
  • SOUND Alert types Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones ; Loudspeaker Yes
  • 3.5mm jack Yes ; SRS surround sound enhancement
  • Internal 90 MB storage, 512 MB ROM, 384 MB RAM
  • Card slot microSD, up to 32GB
  • DATA GPRS Up to 80 kbps ; EDGE Up to 236.8 kbps
  • 3G HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
  • WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth Yes, v3.0 with A2DP, EDR
  • USB microUSB v2.0
  • CAMERA Primary 3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels, autofocus ; Geo-tagging, face detection
  • Video Yes (quality acceptable)
  • Secondary Camera No
  • Operating System Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • CPU 600MHz Sncorpion CPU, Adreno 200 GPU, Qulacomm MSM7227 chipset
  • Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • Colors Active Black, Active Navy, Metallic Black, Metallic Navy
  • GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
  • Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
SNS integration Digital compass Google Search, Maps, Gmail YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa integration MP3/eAAC+/WAV/WMA player XviD/MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player Organizer Voice memo Predictive text input
  • BATTERY Standard battery, Li-Ion 1230 mAh
  • Stand-by Up to 485 h (2G) / Up to 445 h (3G)
  • Talk time Up to 7 h 40 min (2G) / Up to 7 h 33 min (3G)
HTC Explorer was launched on 30 Sep in India. It is available in most of south Asian countries like India, Thailand Malaysia etc. HTC probably has no plans releasing HTC Explorer in US market.  Indian version of HTC explorer has many regional features like support for Hindi and other Indian languages and many India specific applications are pre installed.
HTC Explorer's Price In India
HTC explorer is available for Rs 11600 ( $250).
Our Rating 
Lets see pros and cons of this phone
Pros
  1. Comes with android 2.3.5
  2. Has latest HTC Sense UI 3.5
  3. Colorful backs
Cons
  1. 600 MHz processor
  2. A bit thicker
  3. lacking secondary camera
So should you buy this phone?  given the service capabilities of HTC and features of this phone, you can consider it buying if this is going to be your first android phone. Also you can buy it if you already have a tablet pc or a smartphone which is running on Froyo or Gingerbread and you are looking for a secondary mobile. With HTC Explorer as your secondary mobile you can easily sync your data with your main device. If you are on a budget and want to buy an android phone you can consider buying Micromax A 70 (Rs 7500), which has better camera and almost similar features as HTC Explorer has.

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