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HTC Gratia Review

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HTC Gratia Review
This is a global GSM phone. It can be used with T-Mobile USA and AT&T, but without 3G.

Introduction:


HTC Gratia Review
HTC Gratia Review
Now before you say that the HTC HD mini has been reborn in the HTC Gratia, and other transcendent stuff, we assure you this is not exactly the case. The Gratia has an optical trackpad, which the HD mini lacks, different buttons underneath the screen, because it is running Android, and... well, that's it. It looks exactly like its North American twin the HTC Aria on AT&T, though.

On the inside, however, the difference is night and day. The HTC Gratia runs Android 2.2 Froyo, whereas the HD mmini was HTC's last handset with Windows Mobile. We don't blame the Taiwanese that they didn't want their top-shelf industrial design to go to waste, just because Microsoft made WinMo obsolete. The HTC Gratia feels like one tiny, but solid Android handset, so let's dive into the details...

What's in the box:

  • HTC Gratia
  • 1200mAh battery
  • Wall charger
  • microUSB cable
  • 2GB microSD card
  • Stereo headset with microphone
  • Quick guide and warranty leaflets


Design:

There are some negligible size and heft differences between the HTC Gratia, and the HTC HD mini, but unless you are a fairy, they are not noticeable. The phone comes at 4.10 x 2.30 x 0.46 (104 x 58 x 12 mm) and weighs 4.06 oz (115 g). Clad in its solid shell, with chromed metallic accents, and soft-touch plastic on the back, the handset actually looks heavier than it is.

This impression is enforced by the four open screws on the back, which make the phone look built like a tank, and heavy as one. While the first one is true, the HTC Gratia is actually light, comfortable to grip, and very easy to operate with one hand.

Clad in its solid shell, with chromed metallic accents, and soft-touch
plastic on the back, the HTC Gratia  looks heavier than it is - HTC Gratia Review
Clad in its solid shell, with chromed metallic accents, and soft-touch
plastic on the back, the HTC Gratia  looks heavier than it is - HTC Gratia Review
Clad in its solid shell, with chromed metallic accents, and soft-touch
plastic on the back, the HTC Gratia  looks heavier than it is - HTC Gratia Review

Clad in its solid shell, with chromed metallic accents, and soft-touch plastic on the back,
the HTC Gratia  looks heavier than it is


HTC Gratia Review

You can compare the HTC Gratia with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

There is the typical for HTC optical trackpad underneath the screen, and four responsive capacitive buttons for Android navigation. The screen is the same 3.2” capacitive LCD display we know from the HTC Aria, with 320x480 pixels of resolution, able to show 262 144 colors. It is not very bright outside, but the colors are vivid, and the viewing angles are wide.

The 3.2” capacitive LCD display of the HTC Gratia - HTC Gratia Review
The 3.2” capacitive LCD display of the HTC Gratia - HTC Gratia Review

The 3.2” capacitive LCD display of the HTC Gratia


There is a 5MP camera on the back without any flash, flanked by the speaker grill on its left. Overall, the design of the munchkin is very appealing, exudes quality of the craftsmanship, and the phone is easy to handle. Our main complaint is that for access to the battery department, where the SIM card and the supplied 2GB microSD card are, you have to use a tricky way to take off the back cover, but that's why nature gave us opposing thumbs, we guess.  The four exposed screws add a lot to the solid industrial design looks of the HTC Gratia (they do not hold the battery cover), and they actually keep its innards firmly together, so we don't advice you trying to remove them.

The sides of the HTC Gratia - HTC Gratia Review
The sides of the HTC Gratia - HTC Gratia Review
The sides of the HTC Gratia - HTC Gratia Review
The sides of the HTC Gratia - HTC Gratia Review

The sides of the HTC Gratia


The HTC Gratia comes in several colors – black, white and green, of which the green version really stands out.

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posted on 27 Jan 2011, 01:57

1. Aria users (unregistered)


I don't agree with the opinion that Aria cannot be used under the sun light.

My aria works really well in sun light with maximum brightness, when my friend Iphone4 cannot

posted on 27 Jan 2011, 02:00

2. Aria users (unregistered)


I want to add 1 more thing : there is a guide to open the back cover in the Guide book, so don't list it as a cons :D

1. hold the phone certainlly in your hand
2. push softly the back speaker, then you can use you finger to open the back cover easily

posted on 31 Jan 2011, 12:51

3. gratia (unregistered)


Have this phone for 'bout 10 days. I'd give it one solid 9/10 mark, for it does all I need and without any problems so far.
All market apps work so far, and battery consumption is saved by far if u reduce brightness every once in a while while not browsing/doing work stuff or playing games.
Plus, there are many free task managers so that should also be useful.
Only fault I have noticed so far is awful camera, but it still works like charm during daylight.
It's handy, and more "pocket friendly" than desire hd, wildfire, desire z and similar.
Useful and fun. Plus very good looking.

posted on 06 Feb 2011, 12:39

4. htc gratia (unregistered)


hi does anyone know when the htc gratia is due to arrive in the uk?

posted on 27 Feb 2011, 14:00

5. htcgratiaunhappy (unregistered)


Hi,

I bought the Gratia 2 days ago and I want to go return it tomorrow. The phone's call quality is absolutely CRAP. Does anyone have that feeling?

posted on 01 Apr 2011, 06:50

6. Prabash (unregistered)


Hey guys! Um using the Gratia for about 3 weeks now! and THIS IS PHONE IS JUST AMAZING! :D
I have got no issues what so ever! and the call quality is nice..I didn't come across any issue..and when it comes to flash support..you just needa use the correct browser! I use skyfire..its great! and the HTC Sense works flawlessly! fascinating stuff!
and don't be deceived by this rating! 7/10?!? THAT'S JUST SHIT MAN! COME ON!!
I would give this 9.5/10 ( for the fact that nothing is perfect!)
All I hope is that it will get gingerbread pretty soon! :D

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HTC Gratia

HTC Gratia

OS: Android 2.2
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Display3.2 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (180 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227, Single core, 600 MHz
384 MB RAM
Size4.10 x 2.30 x 0.46 inches
(104 x 58 x 12 mm)
4.06 oz  (115 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 7 hours talk time

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