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2. HTC is a global brand that has been making phones for more than 10 years, and is credited for developing the world’s first Android phone and also the first windows powered phone. It is known for its good looking designs.

3. HTC has over 200 service locations spread over India covering most major cities. Toll Free Number: 18002663566

HTC Explorer details

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  • Easy to handle
  • Light weight
  • Well built
  • Nice UI
  • Added features over stock android
Beware of
  • Low end hardware
  • Bad camera performance
  • Low resolution camera
  • Old version of android

This device by HTC is a low end device meant for those who look for a really basic device and dont expect much from their phone. It is good enough for light web browsing and social networking but anything more than that is too much. It has got decent sound quality though and the SRS enhancement works well to improve the sound quality you get from your headphones. The device has a decent built quality for a low end device and the small size makes it easy to handle.

Simplified life

The HTC Explorer is low end smartphone which is meant to handle absolutely basic jobs. It has got a small display which has a low resolution. It can handle your basic calling and texting jobs. You can run low end apps and web browser but multitasking is a strict no.

The phone measures 102.8 x 57.2 x 12.9 mm and has a weight of just 108 gms. It has a 3.2 inch TFT display and runs a Qualcomm chipset with a 600 MHz processor. It has an Adreno 200 GPU and 512 MB of RAM. The hardware is pretty low end so dont expect much from it. It runs an older version of android at Gingerbread 2.3 and they havent updated it to a newer version. It runs the HTC Sense UI 3.5 on top of it which improves the otherwise simple android interface.

For audio it gets SRS sound enhancement which considerably improves sound quality when listening through headphones. The build quality is decent for a low end device and the device doesnt feel exactly low end when you hold it. The Sense UI also helps evade the low end feel but the display is bad. You can easily spot the pixels and neither the colour replication nor the contrast levels are good.

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4.3 / 5
512 User Reviews
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Android v2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Performance
  • Display
  • Camera
  • Battery
  • Available
  • 512 MB + 32 GB Expandable
  • FM Radio
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4.3 /5 BASED ON 1,347 RATING(S)
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Very good Entry Level Smartphone
10 Nov 2011 By Nayan Patel On

I purchased HTC Explorer about 10 days back after much searching and debating on buying this vs LG optimus net 690. nThis is my first smartphone and I must say that I am very much impressed with its performance so far.nnFirst of all, let me clear some doubts:nn1. There is no headset in the box (Roumors which say there are 2 versions of this phone - one with headset and one without- are totally false)n2. This has 150MB of internal ROM. ~45MB of which is already used by pre-loaded apps which cannot be removed (unless you root the phone). So, You have ~105MB available at the time of unboxing. (I know the box says 90MB but my phone had 105 MB "available Internal Storage")n3. You CAN install new apps on the SD card but some part of them will use up Internal storage. My calculations say that you can install at least 30 new apps on this phone. They are more than enough for me at any given point of time. If you want more, then you should probably think of increasing your budget and buy a high end phone.nnnAbout the Phone:nThe phone is quite small and fits perfectly in the pocket as well as hand. The back cover has a nice rugged feel about it and has a good grip. I find the 600MHz speed to be good enough for ANY "normal" activity. (Angrybirds ran without any lag). The touch sensitivity is also too good (better compared to LG P500 which my friend has). nnPros:n1. Excellent UI and graphics (HTC Trademark). n2. Some of the preloaded apps are nice and useful to me (gtalk, youtube, saavn - online music streamer, NDTV cricket)n3. Battery life is better than expected - I have been using the phone franatically since i bought it and the battery typically lasts 1 day (with WiFi ON ALL the time). I was surprised with the battery life because it only has 1230mA battery. I think the OS/UI has much better power management than some of the other phones.n4. GPS/WiFi Hotspot features - I think they are verry useful.. Battery life is also good with these features turned ON ( at least 5 hrs of non stop usage at full charge)nnCons:n1. Camera does not have autofocus.n2. No LED Flashn3. Some of the preloaded apps are crap . Unfortunately we cant remove them without rooting the phone :-( nnAll in all, I think this phone is a good value for money.

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My take on the HTC Explorer!
22 May 2012 By A On

Hi guys,nI got this phone from the market for about 9,100 (the flipkart price then was 9,500) and I'm really pleased with my choice. My first thought was to go with the Galaxy Y but as it appeared better in specs but this phone is wayyy better in the hand. It has a snug design and fits nicely in the hand. nnnComing to the display, it has a 320x480p 3.2inch display and is really very bright and vibrant. There isn't any noticeable pixilation and its a soft touch. The sensitivity is very good and it detects even the softest touches. Pinch to zoom works very well.nnnBecause this is an Android, you would probably want to install many apps. The internal memory is 105mb and most apps can be moved to an SD card (mostly games). At present I have 29 apps installed -- 20 games and 9 utility apps including facebook, whatsapp, easy mp3 downloaded, play store, mobislenotes, quick note, zedge, sleepbot tracker log and homework... and it still shows 43 MB FREE!!! :D nnnThe keyboard maybe a bit small for some but you can always rotate your screen for a better keypad. It also has an autocorrect which is accurate 98% of the time and is amazing! nnnThe processor speed may be 600 mhz but its not behind any of the midrange devices like the Galaxy ace and rarely lags. The processor is a Qualcomm MSM7227A Snapdragon, Cortex A5 with Adreno 200 for smooth gaming, and believe me, when I say smooth gaming I really do mean it! Some high level games may hang a bit but all those I have tried so far haven't hanged. nnnComing from a blackberry 8520, I feel htc's wifi is much much better. The wifi on my BB was very weak and it wouldn't get detected even if I was in the same room as the router. The htc was a welcome change, the wifi never breaks and is quite strong even in far off areas. Internet browsing is very good, you can open up to 4 different tabs and navigating is easy. It also has auto align which aligns the text according to the screen so you wouldn't have to pan around to read. Thumbs up for this! nnnOne exceptional feature I noticed was in the set up. It asked me how it wanted to connect to the internet- through Wifi or the mobile network and it said to select wifi only if I didn't have a data plan. I chose that and from then onward each and every app worked through wifi, none used my mobile network [my previous phones although claimed to use wifi only used the mobile network :( ] And because my home has wifi, I was able to save a 100 bucks a month on the data plan for whatsapp and other chatting apps. Congratulations HTC! :D nnnI'm a teen and my day begins and ends with music, the music app is good. Specially the SRS enhancement which adds life to your music (provided you use nice headphones)! nnnThe camera is OK indoors but good outdoors. Its crap in the dark. If you're looking for a good camera in your phone I suggest you look somewhere else! Otherwise, 480p video recording is good too. And did I mention it has geo tagging and face detection too?nnnCall quality is very good. All the time I was on the phone I never experienced call breaks and there are a few very neat little features I would like to talk about- When your phone rings and you pick it up in your hands the ring quiets down! it's called quiet ring on pickup! The other is Flip For Speaker when you're on a call and you place it face down it automatically activated the speaker. And the last is pocket mode where it detects if its in a pocket or purse and automatically loudens up!! Cool right?nnnBattery life is good by android standards. If I don't use it frequently I charge it about once every two days. Otherwise, with frequent use you'll have to charge it daily. It shouldn't be a problem though because the charging time is approximately 30-50 minutes. nnnTo wrap it up, for me, it is an awesome choice. I needed texting and chatting, gaming, music, browsing, wifi, a little bit of calling and it provided it all! I'm addicted to this phone!nThe only downside is that I keep playing with it all the time and my mom keeps on shouting at me to put it down! LOL :D

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HTC Explorer Specifications

Brand HTC
Model Explorer
Also Known As HTC Pico
Operating System Android v2.3 (Gingerbread)
Custom UI
HTC Sense UI 3.5
SIM Slot(s) Single SIM, GSM
SIM Size SIM1: Mini
Network 3G: Available, 2G: Available
Height 102.8 mm Compare Size
Width 57.2 mm
Thickness 12.90 mm
Weight 108 grams
Colours Black
Screen Size
3.2 inches (8.13 cm)
Screen Resolution
320 x 480 pixels
Pixel Density
180 ppi
Display Type
Touch Screen yes Capacitive Touchscreen
Screen to Body Ratio
51.95 %
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227A
600 MHz, Cortex A5
Adreno 200
512 MB
Internal Memory
512 MB
Expandable Memory
yes Up to 32 GB
Main Camera
Resolution 3.2 MP Primary Camera
Flash no  No
Image Resolution 2048 x 1536 Pixels
Camera Features Digital Zoom, Face detection
Video Recording 640x480 fps
1230 mAh
Type Li-ion
Up to 7.55 Hours(3G) / Up to 7.66 Hours(2G)
Standby time
Up to 445 Hours(3G) / Up to 485 Hours(2G)
Network & Connectivity
SIM Size SIM1: Mini
Network Support
3G, 2G
3G Bands:
UMTS 2100 / 900 MHz
2G Bands:
GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz
3G Speed:
HSDPA 14.4 Mbit/s ↓, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s ↑
80 kbps
236.8 kbps
Wi-Fi yes Wi-Fi 802.11, b/g/n
Wi-Fi Features
Mobile Hotspot
yes v3.0
yes with A-GPS
USB Connectivity
microUSB 2.0
FM Radio
yes RDS, Stereo FM
Loudspeaker yes
Audio Jack 3.5 mm
Audio Features
SRS Sound
Special Features
Other Sensors Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass
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