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