HTC Explorer in the Test

The Explorer provides a user interface that is easy to use and compact dimensions. As our test shows, the small display considerably reduces the fun.

  1. HTC Explorer in the test
  2. Data sheet
  3. Rating

The Taiwanese manufacturer HTC offers a broad portfolio of smartphones. In the boarding area the HTC Explorer that took well to the test, Frolics is now next to the wildfire S also.

Small display, measly icons

The compact model is without a contract for 199 euros over the counter of the dealer and is available with a black or blue removable Bowl. The matte plastic housing lies comfortably in the hand, with the thumb, the Explorer can be controlled completely with one hand.

An only 3.2 inch large capacitive touch screen is used as an interface between user and Smartphone. The resolution is acceptable 320 x 480 pixels, the representation presented colorfully and maximum 365 cd/m2 also neatly bright. Yet joy not quite come to mobile surfing on the Web, the display is simply something tight and the browser too slow.

About the operating system Android 2.3.5 HTC its own surface has packed Scythe 3.5. Thus, the operation succeeds quite easily despite the icons on the seven customisable Homescreens, and especially in the main menu but very small. For this I like the nimble control pace that leads the user to delay-free and by the individual functions.

During a check of the equipment, we can put a hook in the usual functions such as HSPA, GPS and fast n Wi-FI. Either a memory card or a headset but came with the test device. The latter, delivered with typically question about HTC. The users themselves via micro-SD-card must drill the store very scanty with 111 MB. The buyer must place no increased value on the photo function: the 3.1-megapixel camera delivered only noisy and pale images in the test. It looks better with the Music Department: stop FM radio with RDS, the good music player is fun – provided, it has expanded the storage according to.

Light and shadow in the laboratory

In the practice-relevant measurements of endurance, the Explorer shows quite power hungry: the theoretical stand by time is strong 25 days, whereas no enthusiasms evoke the appropriate 4:46 hours in the day to day running of the mixing and the maximum talk time of less than nine hours. The reception and the acoustics are, however, good.

Data sheet

FACILITIES
SYSTEM
Operating system Android 2.3.5
Processor / clock speed (MHz) Qualcomm MSM7227 / 1 / 600
internal memory (MB) 111
Memory card slot MicroSD
QWERTY keyboard / touchscreen / multitouch / /
Battery type / variable Li-ion /.
SCOPE OF DELIVERY
Headset / data cable Stereo headset /.
Size of memory card
Charging cable for the car / holder for your car /
CONNECTIVITY
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 / / /
GPRS / EDGE / UMTS / LTE / / /
HSDPA / HSUPA 14.4 / 2.0
Wi-FI standard 802.11b / g / n
Bluetooth…
… Headset / Handsfree / A2DP / /
… Object push / OBEX / AVRCP / /
… SIM access, phone book / HID / /
USB type / storage / charging / /
DISPLAY
Type / size (inch) TFT / 3.2
Resolution (PX) 320 x 480
Number of colors 261 thousand
PHONE FUNCTION
Call list / language selection /
Brokering
Situation profiles / airplane mode / vibrating alert 3 / /
Handsfree / mute /
MESSAGING
Email / POP3 / IMAP / HTML / / /
SMS / MMS /
PIM
Contact management
Phone numbers / E-Mail addresses (number per contact) 7 / 3 / 3
Image / notes field / date of birth / /
Appointment management
Day / week / month view / /
weekly / annual events /
Alarm clock when device is off
Sync: Outlook / Mac optional /.
Notes: Outlook-sync
ToDo-list
OFFICE
Look at Word / edit /
Consider Excel / edit /
PDF Viewer / calculator / voice memo / /
BROWSER
Web / frame / Java / Java scripting / / /
Flash / https / home / Favorites / /
MULTIMEDIA
Audio format: MP3 / WMA / M4A / AAC / / /
Video player / full screen display /
Video format: 3GP / MP4 / WMV / /
Integrated camera
Resolution (megapixel) 3.1
NAVIGATION
Receiver GPS / A-GPS /
Navi-software / onboard / offboard Google Maps Navigation.
Navi / route planner Full version /.
SIZE AND WEIGHT
Dimensions in mm 113 x 58 x 14
Weight (grams) 106
MEASURED VALUES
Endurance D power (hours) 8:44 am
Endurance interview E-Netz (hours) 8:57
Endurance conversation UMTS (hours) 4:06
type. Endurance (hours) 4:46
standard radiation factor / SAR value (manufacturer) -0.27 / 0,526

Rating

TEST RESULTS
ENDURANCE (100) very good 88
Endurance talk (35) 29
Persistence display mode (65) 59
FACILITIES (170) sufficient 95
System (15) 9
Scope of delivery (10) 3
Display (40) 21
Connectivity (15) 10
Phone features (10) 10
Messaging (15) 12
PIM (15) 9
Office (5) 1
Web browser (15) 9
Camera (15) 3
Music and video (10) 6
Navigation (5) 2
HANDLING (140) good 108
Ease of handling 43
User interface 50
Processing quality 15
MEASUREMENTS (90) well 68
Transmission and reception quality GSM (30) 21
Transmission and reception quality UMTS (30) 23
Acoustic measurements send (15) 12
Acoustic measurements receiving (15) 12
tested in issue: 04/12
CONNECT sentence maximum 500 points satisfying 359

 

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