Opinion – The HTC Explorer

The HTC Explorer got officially announced last week but we had a rather sneaky few hours with it some weeks back. Although it hasn’t got the top-end specs we’re normally used to from Android smartphones, it will serve as an entry into the smartphone world for many and has a stack of software features to help you use the phone without scratching your head.

We especially liked the integrated data monitor – an app which simply tracks the amount of data you’re using on the network. Ideal for those lower-end plans and cost-concious.

The latest track you’re listened to is displayed on the main home screen and the last person to text you will show, as will Facebook updates The case of the handset is rubberised so there’s no real need for an additional cover.

HTC have worked hard to create a full internet experience on the Explorer. There’s pinch / zoom functionality and text reflow.

Overall it’s a great place for young and new smartphone owners. The specs include a 320×480 pixel 3.2″ capacitive screen and the usual light / proximity sensors. There’s a microSD card slot, WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, 3.5 headphone socket, 3 megapixel camera and a 600MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 CPU running Android 2.3 and the new HTC Sense 3.5.

Link – HTC Explorer