HTC Aria Review
AT&T customers can breathe a sigh of relief as they are now enabled to experience one of the best customized Android experiences out there thanks to HTC's Sense UI. Just like some of the most recent smartphones to offer it, like the HTC Droid Incredible and HTC EVO 4G, everything works magnificently on the Aria. In contrast to them however, the HTC Aria is packing a 600MHz Qualcomm MSM 7227 processor under its hood. We were even more impressed at how more fluid looking it performed than some of its higher-end counterparts as it perfectly scrolls without any noticeable stutter – and yes, it looked surprisingly more fluid than the experience with the HTC EVO 4G.
The home screen consists of seven pages that can host various widgets, shortcuts, and folders. Some of the available widgets come with compact versions that do not take up much screen space, but others like FriendStream require a whole page. By the way, this is an application that provides the latest Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr updates from your relevant accounts. Moreover, it allows for simultaneous Facebook and Twitter status updates. We cannot call the program innovative, since it closely resembles the Happenings widget of Motorola’s MOTOBLUR interface, plus it cannot really replace dedicated applications for access to the mentioned networks.
The seven home screens of the HTC Aria can host various widgets, shortcuts, and folders
You can save your home screen page settings in the form of themes called Scenes or, alternatively, use one of the preloaded ones made by HTC. We do like the “helicopter view” that shows all seven pages at the same time. You can enter this mode by double-pressing the home button that takes you to the home screen or simply “pinching” the screen. Thanks to the extra feature, you can get right to the page you need in a snap, without having to scroll pages until you get dizzy.
You are allowed to set up several email accounts, but you will have to put up with the fact you cannot browse them at the same time, meaning only one can be active at a time. Like all other contemporary handsets, the HTC Aria offers automated email set up if you are registered with a popular service provider. Still, all settings relating to specific servers, like our own, require manual entry (it seems only BlackBerry devices can automatically handle the task).
As much as the touchscreen proved to be responsive for most occasions, the limited amount of real estate does make for some typos every now and then – but the occurrence is happily less when using the landscape option. Naturally, individuals with larger fingers will find the space offered by the 3.2” display to be cramped, however, using the compact QWERTY keyboard with XT9 predictive text enabled can easy the burden.
Internet and Connectivity:
Thanks to the peppy speed put out by the HTC Aria's processor, the web browsing experience is more than acceptable for most people as pages load quickly, render properly, and take advantage of Flash Lite support – all the ingredients in closely replicating that true desktop feel. Text might look fuzzy and unrecognizable from a zoomed out view, but thankfully the web browser will automatically re-size text with each zoom level you move to.
You can place voice calls in just about any part of the world with the HTC Aria as it's a quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) device, however, it's dual-band UMTS (850/1900 MHz) connectivity will only enable it to receive 3G speeds domestically. Additionally, it offers 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi to allow you some form of data connectivity when abroad while Bluetooth 2.1 can be used as an alternative method.
1. MarcMaiden (Posts: 25; Member since: 24 Nov 2009)
Ive been using the HTC Aria for a couple of weeks now and I love it. However, the call quality I get is better than I have gotten on my other phones I've had (Moto Droid, Iphone, Storm) The biggest cons I have: Mediocre speaker volume (personally) the keyboard can be a bit small, but I have gotten fast using, but I know some people out there will not like it other than that I would recommend this phone to anyone who is looking for a great pocketable android device on AT&T. That being said, now that the captivate is released, If you dont mind lugging around a bigger phone, the captivate will satisfy your geeky, anti-iphone needs on AT&T.
2. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)
I wish Verizon would get a phone like this. Small, but good.
4. SladeNoctis (Posts: 5; Member since: 30 Apr 2010)
You guys could get the Droid Eris which is exactly like this expect a bit bigger but better overall.
11. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)
That phone is discontinued and pretty ugly compared to this.
5. networkdood (Posts: 4749; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
PHONEARENA, you need to stop rating call quality - obviously, you are not in a good reception area. In my house, for the month I owned the phone, where I normally get 0-1 bars of service, the phone was great and had great quality for voice. Speakerphone is not as bad as it is made out to be. SLade, DROID ERIS is RIP now as the ARIA will rock on 2.2. Marc, I bought the captivate as my exchange - that is one SUHHHHHHHHHHWWWWWWWWWWWWEEEEEEET phone.
6. networkdood (Posts: 4749; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
PhoneArena is also showing its bias by not reviewing the phone when it first arrived - on 6/20/10. The phone has a 600 Mhz that is actually really fast. The Sense UI is great - I did not like the friends stream. Found the TOUCH WIZ ui better for that, esp. for FACEBOOK.
7. frustyak (Posts: 85; Member since: 08 Mar 2010)
"Removing the back cover, you might be fascinated by its internal yellow paint job" Who cares what color the inside of the phone is?
10. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)
I know right. I wish they would add some color to phones where it matters. I'm so sick of the black, grey, or white phones.
8. frustyak (Posts: 85; Member since: 08 Mar 2010)
Am I the only one that searched for the Cubic music player that you recommended on the Android Market and couldn't find it?
12. emephone. (unregistered)
I do not like the HTC aria I have gone through 6 phones each time my phone drops called called people when it wants and turns it self in airplane mode would not recommend any one to get this ohon
13. benjamin86 (unregistered)
My new unlocked phones is the best. Without it I would be lost. My HTC Aria is amazing. Being an unlocked at&t phones I can take it overseas and my kids absolutely love the touchscreen, apps, and games. I'm definitely surprising my wife with one for her birthday. I got my htc unlock codes from unlockthatphone.com, they are amazing and fast to get cell phone unlock codes. If you ever need any at&t unlock codes be sure to check them out. Even so the HTC Aria is sick and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who asks!
14. gfdgj (unregistered)
yea only sucky thing is that its only available in USA, dunno when i will come to Europe
15. dude (unregistered)
in europe its known as HTC Gratia. hope this helps man
16. LXH (unregistered)
I don't know why Phonearena say it can handle a whole day ??
It goes out of battery after 3-3.5 hours using wifi and surf the webs and with MINIMUM brightness