Android Phones

HTC Explorer Review

Like we promised, here is the review of HTC Explorer. A few days back, we compared the HTC Explorer with Samsung Galaxy Y, where HTC Explorer was the clear winner but we thought of doing a quick review of the phone as well.

HTC Explorer is the first low-end Android smartphone by HTC. They are known for their high-end and expensive phones, but with the Explorer, this phone falls under the category of “affordable smartphones”. I recently wrote about the cheap Android phones in Pakistan and HTC Explorer is included in that list.

Related: Top 5 Cheap Android Phones in Pakistan

HTC Explorer Review

HTC Explorer in Pakistan was recently launched with Mobilink for just Rs. 15,999. It was globally announced in September 2011 and was finally available for sales in some parts of the world in October. This low-end device comes with the latest Gingerbread update (Android 2.3.5) and HTC Sense 3.5.

Further more, HTC Explorer is a budget Android phone offering you impressive features at a very low cost. It has a 600MHz processor, 512MB RAM, 3.2-inch display and a 3.15 megapixels camera.

The technical specifications of the HTC Explorer are as follows:

HTC Explorer: Specifications

  • Display: 3.2-inch TFT display (320 x 480 pixels)
  • Processor/GPU: 600 MHz Cortex A5 processor, Adreno 200
  • Camera: 3.15 megapixels camera with NO autofocus
  • Video: 480p video recording
  • Memory: 512MB RAM, 90MB internal storage, microSD slot upto 32GB
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi, microUSB
  • Other: Flash Player 11 support, A-GPS, 3.5 mm jack, accelerometer, HTC Hub, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr etc. integration
  • Battery: 1230 mAh Li-Ion
  • OS: Android 2.3.5 with HTC Sense 3.5

And now, let’s continue with the rest of the review.

HTC Explorer: Unboxing Video

To check out what comes inside the box, watch our unboxing video below:

HTC Explorer: Display

HTC Explorer features a 3.2-inch TFT display with a resolution better than the HTC Wirldfire and Wildfire S. Colours are decent enough and apps seem to have no issues with the resolution. In a quick direct sunlight test, HTC Explorer’s screen outperformed the Samsung Galaxy Y in visibility.

HTC Explorer: Design and Body

This phone is compact in size, but pretty thick. It is 12.9 mm thick and weighs 108g. On the front, you find the usual – a 3.2-inch display, sensors and at the bottom of the display screen, there are four buttons – Home, Menu, Back and Search.

Back side of the phone has a metallic plate which has ‘HTC’ engraved and has the 3.15 megapixels camera. Even if this is an entry-level phone, HTC should have added a flash along with the camera.

On the right side of the phone, you will find the volume up and volume down buttons. On the lower left, there is a microUSB slow for PC connectivity and charging the phone. Top side of the phone has the power button and the 3.5mm audio jack. There is nothing really at the bottom.

HTC phones usually have a hard, metallic body but for the HTC Explorer, they have used a hard plastic cover which is slightly flexible. The phone feels pretty solid in the hands, nothing like how cheap Samsung phones feel with their plastic body.

HTC Explorer: Performance and Speed

Under the hood, HTC Explorer has a 600MHz processor and 512MB RAM. If compared to its competitors, 600MHz of processor speed seems very slow, but in actual, the phone hardly feels slow at all. Thanks to the 512MB RAM, an average user should not have any problems running apps and multitasking on this phone.

This phone comes with a built-in Task Manager, but we hardly found ourselves using it. However, if you ever feel your phone has become slow, you can always clear up some memory by using this Task Manager app from your app drawer.

HTC Explorer actually feels slow when you use a live wallpaper as your background, otherwise there are no issues with the performance of the phone.

We would soon publish the benchmark results between the HTC Explorer and the Samsung Galaxy Y.

HTC Explorer: Camera and Video

Camera quality is just fine. Low light photos are not that good as compared to other low-end Android smartphones. Photos from the HTC Explorer:

HTC Explorer video sample:

HTC Explorer: Battery

Keeping in mind how poor battery timings Android phones have, the HTC Explorer gave me a maximum of 1-2 days of battery time with moderate usage. Pretty decent, eh? I was happy with it.

HTC Explorer: Screenshots

Some of the screenshots of Android 2.3.5 (with HTC Sense 3.5) on the HTC Explorer:

HTC Explorer: Gallery

Check out all the photos of HTC Explorer below.


  • could you post some bench mark results..hows the overall performance…and how readily it is available…? does mobilink back with stock…i need to buy it with in 15 days

  • Hey aoa , quite a decent cell ausom specs am from karachi , do u recommend any authorized stores , where i can get the original  product from saddar wagarah has a quite decent mobile market magar i really want not to regret ending up with some thing with a broke battery etc (help me out here ) 

  • whats the point of making an offer if they are not giving it. I had been going to Mobilink main office for weeks, even did advance bookings but not available. pretty pathetic

  • Same here :(…..i ordered it 5 days ago and haven’t received even a single call from mobilink service center   

  • could you tell me how to place the order and is it the situation in Lahore or somewhere else? Any news regarding discontinuation of offer or will it stay ?

  • could you tell me how to place the order and is it the situation in Lahore or somewhere else? Any news regarding discontinuation of offer or will it stay ?

  • Apparently it is same every where. In early jan they were doing bookings, but because of NO STOCK AT ALL, they are not doing bookings now. Offer I guess is till 31st Jan. Thankfully, phoe will get available after that n the market other than Mobilink. Mobilink offer sucks.

  • just get it for Rs.15000 from Karachi, its box packed but no warranty its awesome phone, just love it. 

  • Haris Bhai,
       Can you recommend best Android Phone (according to you) under 15,000/- PKR. So far i think this one is good. My concern about phone is mainly related to literature, current affairs and other research and study material so in that sense, does it matter to have either “froyo” or “gingerbread” in apps point of view.

              Ps: Your reviews are very professional sorta like “tomshardware” and “anandtech”. Its very impressive. 

  • Assalamo alaimum! I am using this phone since a week but not able to read arabic/urdu texts, the words break into unconnected letters. Does any body have any idea how to solve this issue!