HTC Explorer finds its way to the surface

HTC Explorer finds its way to the surfaceWe keep hearing about all these different companies that are making Android devices, but is it just us or does pretty much every single one of them right now seem to be coming from either Samsung or HTC?

This time it's HTC's Explorer we're being forced to make room for in our mobile consciousness – a new budget-friendly contender along HTC Wildfire S lines.

The first thing we'll say on checking out out the Explorer – well, the image above anyway – is that it looks like it could do with laying off the Space Raiders (y'know, being an Android phone and all).

But that's more to do with the fact that the screen is just 3.2in across rather than its 12.9mm waistline, which is sturdy but not quite chubby.

Anyway, it's what's inside that counts, and you're not covered too badly by the Explorer. That 3.2in display is an acceptable 480 x 320 resolution, the processor is 600MHz and you're lined up with a not-unsubstantial 512MB of RAM.

On the downside, the camera is just a 3-megapixel model – though who generally buys HTC phones for their cameras? – with video coming in at 480p rather than the now-standard 720p.

But with Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread on board you're right up to date on the OS front, and HTC has stuck on Sense 3.5 – a brand new version of its well-established OS skin – so you're giving nothing away there either.

We're expecting the HTC Explorer to land on UK shores in early Q4 (in other words hopefully before the end of October), with Vodafone and Three so far indicating their plans to carry it. The price is set to undercut the Wildfire S by a fair bit, which is good news for prospective Android first-timers.

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blizzard7  Sep. 29, 2011 at 19:01

Embarrassingly chunky and dull for what it is. Must try harder HTC.

Treab  Sep. 29, 2011 at 20:26

Tbh i think thats unfair blizzard mate.. it depends on cost if they can release this for the low cost say sub £80 this maybe a worthwhile kids phone.

blizzard7  Sep. 29, 2011 at 21:07

The old San Fran eats this for breakfast then poos it out the next day.

Treab  Sep. 29, 2011 at 21:22

ram 512 vs 512
600 mhz vs 800 mhz
3.5" vs 3.2"
480x800 vs 480x320
2.2 eclair vs 2.3 gingerbread...

i would say more even depends on how it works imo.

blizzard7  Sep. 29, 2011 at 22:12

That's the best thing about the San Fran, you can make it work however you want with almost whatever OS you want because there's such a large community for it. The extra resolution does make a noticeable difference as well.

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