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HTC Aria Review

HTC Aria

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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 - HTC Aria Review
The seven home screens of the HTC Aria can host various widgets, shortcuts, and folders - HTC Aria Review
FriendStream - The seven home screens of the HTC Aria can host various widgets, shortcuts, and folders - HTC Aria Review
The seven home screens of the HTC Aria can host various widgets, shortcuts, and folders - HTC Aria Review
  

FriendStream

 

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.

Scenes - HTC Aria Review
HTC Aria Review
HTC Aria Review
Helicopter view - HTC Aria Review

Scenes

  

Helicopter view



Messaging:

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).


You are allowed to set up several email accounts - HTC Aria Review
You are allowed to set up several email accounts - HTC Aria Review


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.

The on-screen QWERTY keyboard has XT9 predictive text - HTC Aria Review
The on-screen QWERTY keyboard has XT9 predictive text - HTC Aria Review


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.

The web browsing experience on the HTC Aria is more than acceptable - HTC Aria Review
The web browsing experience on the HTC Aria is more than acceptable - HTC Aria Review
The web browsing experience on the HTC Aria is more than acceptable - HTC Aria Review
The web browsing experience on the HTC Aria is more than acceptable - HTC Aria Review

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.

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HTC Aria

HTC Aria

OS: Android 2.2 2.1
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PhoneArena rating:
8Good
Display3.2 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (180 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 600 MHz, ARM11 processor
0.25 GB RAM
Size4.10 x 2.30 x 0.46 inches
(104 x 58 x 12 mm)
3.80 oz  (108 g)
Battery1200 mAh, 6 hours talk time

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