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HTC Explorer Sim Free Smartphone

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  • 3.2-inch touch screen with 320 x 480 resolution
  • Intuitive, easy to use lockscreen
  • Access your contacts, mail, camera, and messages in one swipe
  • 3 megapixel colour camera
  • 600 MHz processor

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.3 x 10.3 cm ; 109 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 259 g
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  • Item model number: 99HNZ004-00
  • ASIN: B005JC48OS
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 29 Sept. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,763 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

HTC Explorer intuitive lockscreen
The Explorer's intuitive, easy to use lockscreen lets you access your contacts, mail, camera, and messages in one swipe

Intuitive, easy to use lockscreen and homescreen

With HTC Explorer we’ve put what’s most important to you right at your fingertips. The lockscreen lets you access your contacts, mail, camera, and messages in one swipe even when your phone is locked. And to make things convenient for you, HTC Explorer offers an intuitive, clean homescreen design that focuses on the most frequently used features and notifies you when you’ve received an email or text message or have a calendar event.

With Windows Phone “Web browsing
Enjoy web browsing that’s similar to your desktop computer

Web browsing similar to your desktop computer

With HTC Explorer, you’ll enjoy web browsing that’s similar to your desktop computer. Websites are easy to find and easy to read. To make your viewing even easier, the HTC Explorer automatically adjusts the text on your screen so you won’t have to pan left and right to get all the news. Zoom in and dial a phone number on the web page in one easy step. And when you click on an address, a map opens up instantly for you to check out its location.

Putting YOU in control

HTC Explorer understands your desire to control costs and select the right data plan. After all, does anyone really know how much data it takes to open up their favorite website? HTC Explorer monitors your data usage and gives you a history of the last 3 months so you can find the best data plan and adjust your usage to stay within your budget.

HTC Sense
Better web browsing and no more missed calls with HTC Sense

Up close and personal with HTC Sense

Smart dial

Look up phone contacts quickly and make calls easily from either stored contacts or call history by simply entering the contact’s first or last name, or just the initials. Whoever you’ve called most recently is prioritized.

Group text mess

Group up your favorite people and view all your communication options on one screen for simple access.

An icebreaker for your calls

Now when you look to see who’s calling, you get to see their latest social status updates or if they have a birthday coming up. The conversation starts before you say hello!

Immersive experience

Have you ever held a thunderstorm in your hand? When checking the weather – feel the sun's rays or wipe away the droplets of water.



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Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

147 of 150 people found the following review helpful By Brian Andrews on 13 Jan. 2012
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This 'phone was bought for my wife (Happy Christmas!), who has many great abilities; 'embracing technology' however not currently being one of them. That said, I wanted her to be able to have many of the facilities she enjoys on her PC at home whilst on the move, as well as making her normal 'phoning and texting easier than on her existing ('but I know how to use this one') ancient Nokia. A real challenge!

As is standard with HTC, the Explorer runs Android with their own superb 'HTC Sense' overlay. In most ways it is similar to my own HTC Sensation, but somewhat smaller (just 4" x 2" x 0.5") and with a very carefully reduced function set. It fits really snugly in the hand and has a delightfully textured case making it a joy just to hold. The designers have deliberately aimed at the beginner's market, with a simple main homescreen devoid of any Apps. Instead a simple column of five icons gives direct access to common functions such as Messages, Camera, etc., whilst two others at the bottom allow direct access to the 'phone function and to the Apps collection. There are another six homescreens, two of which are preconfigured for Email and Social Networks, so these funtions are also just a single stroke away, and there is plenty of room left for customisation, when the User feels up to it.

Of course there are necessary compromises (eg. size) but these have been really carefully thought through and implemented, resulting in a handy sized smartphone that is simple to operate, yet still reasonably fast and powerful. The designers need to be applauded. Also, possibly due to the smaller screen size, it manages a couple of days or more easily on a single charge, whereas most larger smartphones need charging daily.
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86 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Oliver Lockwood on 21 Jan. 2012
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I decided to buy the htc Explorer as a cheap option to join the world of android phones as my budget was pretty tight. Overall I think that it is a great phone to have, and don't let me put you off getting one, but here are the few issues I have had with the phone:

However, being a 17 year old teenager I was very disappointed with the internal memory of the phone which I did not really take into account before hand. Although I have a memory card for it, I soon came to find that most of the apps available on the market, certainly the most used such as Facebook, Twitter, BBC news ect. are all required to be stored on the internal memory, which, after software necessary for the phone to function is installed, only leaves around 90mb available for such apps. With some apps you are able to download them and move to the SD card but if you have already used your 90mb of internal memory then you can not download it in order to transfer it over. It is pretty sad that there is no option to save it to the external memory card when downloading apps.

I have also noted that because of this lack of storage, software updates for the actual phone can not be downloaded if your apps fill you internal memory. I have only had this phone for a month and already there has been 1 update for the software which is 25mb in size which leaves me wondering 'how many more will there be over the time I have this phone?'

One final thing is that because of the low spec 3mp camera BAR SCANNING apps to compare prices of items online do not work, or at least I have not found one on the market that has of yet. When buying the phone I thought that I would not need it as I don't regularly use cameras on the phone but now it seems Im missing out on apps which require high spec cameras or even forward facing cameras which this phone does not have.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 18 May 2012
This is a good phone. For beginners who will only want a couple of apps, it is absolutely great the way it is. Great build quality, HTC's decent Sense interface for Android, access to the Play Store (i.e. Android Market), decent specs for the price.

For more advanced users who want more apps, you'll notice very quickly there isn't much space for storing said apps. But this can be remedied by "rooting" the phone and installing an app called "link2SD" which allows you to move all your apps to your SD card (not just some, as Android officially allows; also moves the entire app, the official method leaves some on internal storage). I now have over 60 apps installed and can install as many more as I want.

Once rooted, this phone is a great phone for the price.
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Hawkeye448 on 4 Dec. 2011
I take it theres a fault on Amazon. I doubt at this moment as I type I am honestly the first to review this item.

My first step towards android phones is the HTC Explorer.

Pretty impressed although I cant say ive much comparison knowledge to other androids. But starting with it as a newbie to the android world like me it seems a decent place to start. Easy enough to navigate but it will be trial and error at first as this phone does not come with a manual. I understand thats pretty standard in the modern age rightly or wrongly.

Nor does it come with headphones which is really not on as it does boast its MP3 player abilities. Asise from the fact the radio is unuseable without headphones acting as an antenna.

But the headphones are cheap (or free if you choose a friendly mobile hone shop)and it wont take long to get to grips with all the phones functions. MP3 player sounds good and loud to me (again no comparions)and the video player is easy to use. The phone will accept an SD card of anything up to 32GB which is a heck of a lot of music/videos. Compressing video files to mobile foramt are not reqired I use AVI so one can enjoy a really good quality picture on a screen that I think is just right. Not too big, not too small Just perfect for the pocket of what is a portable device after all

It does all other mobile phone expected functions so I wont go into detail.

Would just mention the three little niggles I have with this phone. I would mention though that the external speaker is pretty poor. This time I can compare, to my now redundant previous 6 year old Nokia phone that had a vastly superior external speaker than this newer HTC Explorer. Really is a frustrating let down for otherwise a pretty good product.
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