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HTC Gratia Review

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Despite that the HTC Gratia is powered by a Qualcomm chipset clocked at just 600MHz, the Sense UI overlay is extremely snappy, with virtually no lag while scrolling or swiping screens. The phone carries 384MB of RAM, and 512MB ROM for installing apps.

Unlike HTC Aria – the version with North American frequencies – the HTC Gratia comes with Android 2.2 Froyo out of the box. This, of course, is nothing to get excited about, considering that Gingerbread is already out.

The HTC Gratia comes with Android 2.2 Froyo out of the box - HTC Gratia Review
The HTC Gratia comes with Android 2.2 Froyo out of the box - HTC Gratia Review
The HTC Gratia comes with Android 2.2 Froyo out of the box - HTC Gratia Review
The HTC Gratia comes with Android 2.2 Froyo out of the box - HTC Gratia Review

The HTC Gratia comes with Android 2.2 Froyo out of the box


We have reviewed this version of HTC Sense extensively here, and if you are hoping for the newest one, which has apps for offline navigation and remote phone management, you are out of luck. Sense UI here is the one found in the HTC Aria. Of course, there are some new additions in the main menu, courtesy of Froyo, like the Wi-Fi Hotspot app.

Messaging with the HTC Gratia is a tad slower than what you might be used to, mainly because of the small screen, which makes the keyboard feel a tad cramped. Once you get used to it, though, it's the same excellent HTC Sense keyboard we know and love.

The Wi-Fi Hotspot app - HTC Gratia Review
HTC Sense keyboard - HTC Gratia Review
HTC Gratia Review

The Wi-Fi Hotspot app

HTC Sense keyboard

 

Web pages look shabby at this screen size and resolution, but browsing is fluid, save for the pinch-to-zoom gesture, which brings about a slight lag. Due most probably to the 600MHz chipset, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 is not supported. The HTC Gratia has Flash Lite, so showing embedded Flash videos is a hit-and-miss affair, but most major video sites work.

Web surfing - HTC Gratia Review
Web surfing - HTC Gratia Review

Web surfing


The phone comes with 7.2Mbps HSDPA with Europe/Asia 3G frequencies. The rest of the radio gang consists of a Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and A-GPS chips, as well as an FM radio with RDS. The GPS chip took about 4-5 minutes to locate us at first, but was locking its position quickly when we were connected to a data network.


Camera and Multimedia:

The camera interface of HTC Sense on the Gratia is cleverly tailored to the smaller screen, and the touch-friendly virtual buttons rotate instantly upon changing the screen orientation. HTC has somehow managed to cram its multitude of adjustments and effects in a smaller footprint, and everything is still very well-organized and easily accessible. We wish more camera interfaces are done like that.

The 5MP camera supports face recognition, flicker adjustment, while you can set the white balance and metering modes, as well as adjust brightness, contrast and sharpness pre-shooting. Grayscale, Sepia, Negative, Solarize, Posterize and Aqua are the available effects for photos, if you are so inclined.

Camera interface - HTC Gratia Review
Camera interface - HTC Gratia Review
Camera interface - HTC Gratia Review
Camera interface - HTC Gratia Review
Camera interface - HTC Gratia Review
Camera interface - HTC Gratia Review
Camera interface - HTC Gratia Review
Camera interface - HTC Gratia Review
Camera interface - HTC Gratia Review
Camera interface - HTC Gratia Review
Camera interface - HTC Gratia Review

Camera interface


The optical trackpad serves as a dedicated camera button, and the touchscreen can be used to focus anywhere on the frame. Shot-to-shot times are in the realm of three seconds with the preview mode off. The outdoor pictures themselves turned out soft and unfocused at several spots, the farther you go from the frame center. Inside the snaps are passable when there is enough light and you hold the handset still, but the noise levels shoot up, and detail goes down, when you start dimming the lights, as can be expected without a flash unit. The phone captures VGA video with 30fps on paper, which actually turned out closer to 20fps, when the day was dark, and with the same soft focus visible in the stills.

Outdoor samples taken with the HTC Gratia - HTC Gratia Review
Outdoor samples taken with the HTC Gratia - HTC Gratia Review
Outdoor samples taken with the HTC Gratia - HTC Gratia Review
Outdoor samples taken with the HTC Gratia - HTC Gratia Review
Outdoor samples taken with the HTC Gratia - HTC Gratia Review

Outdoor samples taken with the HTC Gratia


Strong - Indoor samples - HTC Gratia Review
Medium - Indoor samples - HTC Gratia Review
Low light - Indoor samples - HTC Gratia Review

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Medium

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Indoor samples



HTC Gratia Sample Video:




The music player is with the typical excellent HTC Sense skin, and changes your lockscreen wallpaper to the album cover of the song currently played. The built-in loudspeaker is of average quality, as on most HTC handsets - not very powerful, and sounding a bit flat.

Music player - HTC Gratia Review
Music player - HTC Gratia Review
Music player - HTC Gratia Review
Music player - HTC Gratia Review

Music player


Video playback reaches up to 720x306 resolution, and the HTC Gratia supports H.264 and MPEG-4, but not DivX/Xvid out of the box. A number of free players from Android Market come to the rescue, so we are not even counting this as a drawback anymore.

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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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