HTC Explorer (formally the Pico) And Samsung Galaxy Y S5360 both are mid-range Entry-level smartphone that are are redefining traditional stereotypes to prove that phones don’t have to be expensive to be smart.
The Galaxy branding gives the game away that this is an Android handset, but it’s certainly not the only budget Android baby around, and the list of rivals is set to swell with HTC Explorer. So which is better? Let’s take a closer look.
- Samsung Galaxy Y – 3.0-inch TFT, 240 x 320 resolution
- HTC Explorer – 3.2-inch TFT, 320 x 480 resolution
A 3.2-inch screen seems to be the default display size for so many entry-level handsets that it’s a bit of a surprise to see the Galaxy Y only coming with a 3.0-inch panel. More significantly, the resolution is a paltry 240 x 320 pixels, which means this round definitely goes the Explorer’s way.
- Samsung Galaxy Y – 832MHz processor, integrated graphics
- HTC Explorer – 600MHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 200 GPU
The Samsung has the higher processor clock speed, but it’s not a night-and-day difference, and with it having to also power the graphics – unlike on the HTC Explorer which has a dedicated graphics chip – these two are probably just about level in the power stakes.
- Samsung Galaxy Y – 160MB internal storage.
- HTC Explorer – 90 MB storage, 512 MB ROM, 512 MB RAM.
Though both the mobiles supports microSD, up to 32GB. In this price range and you may as well accept the fact that you won’t be getting much by way of internal storage, and the stereotype doesn’t change here. Instead you’ll be relying almost totally on the microSD card slot for your storage needs.
- Samsung Galaxy Y – Android 2.3 Gingerbread with TouchWiz UI
- HTC Explorer – Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense UI
The Galaxy Y and Explorer are both brand new Android handsets, and so it’s the latest Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread build on board. They also both have their makers’ proprietary skin loaded on top to give a more individual feel than the vanilla Android.
- Samsung Galaxy Y – 2-megapixel camera, VGA video recording
- HTC Explorer – 3.15-megapixel camera, VGA video recording
Budget smartphones don’t have good cameras – it’s a fact. So the reality is that we’re actually quite impressed by the HTC Explorer having a 3.15-megapixel sensor built in as compared with the Galaxy S’ 2-megapixel count. Both offer no better than VGA video shooting too – another given at this price.
- Samsung Galaxy Y – 104 x 58 x 11.5mm, 97.5g
- HTC Explorer – 102.8 x 57.2 x 12.9mm, 108g
Despite its smaller screen, the Galaxy Y has the bigger overall footprint, as it has a far thicker bezel than the Explorer. Overall that gives the HTC a less bulky look than its rival, even though it’s actually 10g heavier and slightly thicker too.
Flash Support For Browser:
- Samsung Galaxy Y – No
- HTC Explorer - Yes
Samsung Galaxy Y by default will not support Flash files on its built in browser, So you need a third party application to play flash files on Samsung Galaxy Y. Where as HTC Explorer do support flash files on its browser. But note that any Android phone can use the Dolphin Browser to support flash. You can download Dolphin HD browser from this location or from Android Market.
The End Note: There certainly isn’t much to choose between the Samsung Galaxy Y and the HTC Explorer, and both are fine examples of the level of quality you’re able to get these days for such a low price. In the end, it might possibly be down to just that – price – in deciding which of these two budget-friendly offerings holds the greater appeal.