HTC Aria, AT&T’s new addition to its Android phone collection, has now hit the market . Dubbed as the cutest phone running on Android 2.1, HTC Aria sells for only $129. This discounted price comes as a rebate for the $100 yearly service plan by AT&T. Although not as feature-packed as the Google Nexus, HTC Aria promises to be the most promising Android phone for AT&T.
- Operating System Android™ 2.1
- Touch Screen
- Screen Size:- 3.2 inches
- Band:- HSPA/UMTS/EDGE/GPRS/GSM; Dual Mode UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (1900/850MHZ) & GSM/GPRS/EDGE (Quad band 850/900/1800/1900MHZ); HSDPA/UMTS (3GPP Release 5 Compliant; 7.2 Mbps Enabled) EGPRS Functionality Integrated GPS Yes (GPS/AGPS)
- Camera Resolution:- 5 megapixels
- Video Camera
- Speaker Phone
- Expandable Memory Capability 32GB via microSD slot
- Bluetooth® V2.1
- Hearing Aid Compatible HAC M3 – T3 Class
- MP3 Player
- Mobile Internet
- E-mail Sync
- FM Radio
- Talk Time Hours (up to) 6 hrs
Its whole look is reminiscent of the HTC EVO 4G, albeit a shrunken down version. Its small size and light feel (only 115g) makes it easily navigable. Although the chrome accented power button at the top and the volume controls at the side really put design genius and functionality in one. The faux screws gracing the matte back cover adds another interesting detail to the phone. Of course you won’t need to take out your mini tools yet, it easily snaps out. HTC managed to add another whimsical touch to it. Flip the black back cover and you would find a blaring can yellow personality. The glossy black finish does add some pizzazz to the black ensemble. However, eyebrows might quiver when they try out the HTC Aria’s reflective screen outdoors.
HTC fans might be left disappointed by the capacitive buttons sitting at the bottom of the screen. Bigger hands might have a little problem with navigating without the feel of embossed buttons. The optical trackball also works like a charm and is really responsive. As with the case of buttons though, trackball aficionados might get a little overwhelmed with how the whole navigation setup works. But true fans of technology upgrades would love the idea of exploring the world of true capacitive phones.
The display’s 480 x 320 resolution might leave some wanting for more. The touch panel does work like a breeze and responds well.
For a phone armed only with 600MHz MSM 7227, the HTC Aria is surprisingly fast and smooth operating. As the Engadget tests showed, even when loaded with a host of processes the 600 MHz processor showed no signs of bogging down.
The 5 megapixel camera also takes crisp shots. The autofocus shows a lag while it tries to adjust, after the first shot though, the lag seems less noticeable.
Like the average smart phones today, HTC Aria comes with the basic SMS, MMS and e-mail functions.
All in all, HTC Aria proves to be a very interesting phone feature design-wise. The only caveat—and probably the most important one—is that the carrier it’s offered with, AT&T. For those who have had problems with AT&T, this is surely a turn off. A two-year contract with the company is a must to get the HTC Aria. Also AT&T designed the phone to be tethered with their service, effectively ending the versatility that an Android phone can offer. Although you can download apps from the Android market, there’s no other way to install apps on the phone. It’s really surprising why AT&T chose this road with HTC Aria.
To hop unto the social networking wagon, HTC Aria also comes with Friend Feed which lets you connect with your Twitter and Facebook accounts. It allows you to monitor your friend’s tweets and Facebook updates.
The HTC Aria is cute and pretty to look at and with an array of cool features to boot; it is honestly one of the most interesting phones around. One thing for sure, it would be a hit. But with AT&T being the carrier, a two-year contract would be something to mull over rather seriously. With that in mind, while you’re probably doing some soul-searching, another really “smart” without this serious “but” might just come along to make your easily distracted gadget palate wander away from HTC Aria.