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HTC Aria Review

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HTC Aria Review
Even though there was some static sounds which could be heard on our end when the volume was set to its loudest, setting it down a few notches removes that problem. Our callers did say that our voice sounded hissy on their end, but luckily there was no evidence of any background noise. When switching to the speaker phone, voices were also hissy with some sharp tones accompanying them. It's neither a good or bad experience seeing that we were still able to comprehend our conversations without much repetition needed.

The HTC Aria managed to retain a good connection to the network and didn't experience any dropped calls while we tested it out in the greater Philadelphia area.

Battery life manages to meet the expectation of lasting a solid day during our testing as we set it to automatic brightness and used the handset heavily for various functions. The manufacturer has it rated for 6 hours of talk and 372 hours of standby time.


Not everyone will want to lug around an Android smartphone that offers a screen size larger than 4”, but thankfully the HTC Aria fits perfectly for those individuals that want a great Android experience that's wrapped up in a compact body. As for AT&T, the HTC Aria offers customers one of the better experiences out there as it presents them a wonderful user interface that strategically can play to the specific needs of each person. Even though it may look small and puny versus some of the recent high-end Android offerings of late, the HTC Aria is still able to offer an intuitive experience – plus there's barely any evidence of choppiness or lag when navigating about the platform. Priced at $129.99 with a 2-year contract, it's price point may be justified with its respectable performance while still retaining a compact form factor that will surely attract people.

HTC Aria Video Review:


  • Compact size
  • Feels durable
  • Swift speeds
  • Smooth looking video playback


  • Average calling quality
  • Cramped QWERTY
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8 Good
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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

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.

posted on 16 Jul 2010, 15:17

2. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)

I wish Verizon would get a phone like this. Small, but good.

posted on 16 Jul 2010, 16:57

3. Sharky (Posts: 243; Member since: 24 Jun 2008)

Yeah, it'd be great if they ever did.

posted on 16 Jul 2010, 23:57

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.

posted on 30 Jul 2010, 10:23

11. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)

That phone is discontinued and pretty ugly compared to this.

posted on 19 Jul 2010, 08:17

5. networkdood (Posts: 6330; 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.

posted on 19 Jul 2010, 08:18

6. networkdood (Posts: 6330; 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.

posted on 21 Jul 2010, 07:56

7. frustyak (Posts: 223; 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?

posted on 26 Jul 2010, 23:12

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.

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 09:28

8. frustyak (Posts: 223; 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?

posted on 24 Jul 2010, 12:22

9. frustyak (Posts: 223; Member since: 08 Mar 2010)

Found it - it's not Cubic, it's Cubed.

posted on 26 Aug 2010, 23:57

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

posted on 27 Aug 2010, 00:37

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!

posted on 17 Sep 2010, 11:36

14. gfdgj (unregistered)

yea only sucky thing is that its only available in USA, dunno when i will come to Europe

posted on 19 Dec 2010, 04:37

15. dude (unregistered)

in europe its known as HTC Gratia. hope this helps man

posted on 13 Jan 2011, 13:33

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

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HTC Aria

HTC Aria

OS: Android 2.2 2.1
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Display3.2 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (180 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
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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