Comparison - Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 vs HTC Explorer
Translated by Loh Ving Sung
04 June 2012 – We are looking at a couple of "sub-S$400" phones with this week and we are pitting the venerable HTC Explorer against the improved Samsung Galaxy Mini 2.
We start off with a few similarities - both phones are powered by the Android 2.3 platform (Gingerbread). They also share connectivity options such as HSPA, WiFi, WiFi hotspot and Bluetooth. The HTC Explorer and Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 are equipped with 512MB RAM and they both share a microSD slot too. Both touchscreens also share the same 480 x 800 pixel resolution. Plus, both phones come with similar 3.15-megapixel cameras that support geo-tagging.
As for their differences, the Explorer has a 3.2-inch screen and the Mini 2 has the subtly larger 3.27-inch screen. The Mini 2 is taller and wider compared the Explorer. However, the Explorer is thicker compared to the Mini 2 (12.9mm vs 11.6mm).
While they are both Gingerbread phones, the Explorer is skinned with the slightly dated HTC Sense 3.5 UI. Samsung on the other hand, has skinned Gingerbread with the TouchWiz UI.
As for their hardware, the Explorer has a 600MHz processor while the Galaxy Mini 2 has a slightly more powerful 800MHz processor. The Explorer has 90MB storage but Samsung’s device has 3GB instead. On the connectivity front, Samsung’s Galaxy Mini 2 comes with DLNA as well as an NFC (Near Field Communication) chip, which is an interesting addition for a budget phone.
There is quite in gap in terms of pricing - the market price Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 is about S$ 255 , while the HTC Explorer is priced at about S$ 220 in the market. That means a S$ 35 difference or a 16 percent difference between them.
We believe the Mini 2 comes out on top against the aged HTC Explorer – it is slightly more expensive but looks more attractive, and comes with updated features like DLNA and NFC.
Samsung Galaxy Mini 2
HSPA + WiFi 802.11 b/g/n + DLNA, 3.27-inch capacitive candybar, 3.15-megapixel camera, 4GB + microSD (Up to 32GB), Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), NFC
A successor to the device designed for smartphone beginners, the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 is an improved version of the fun and functional smartphone its predecessor set out to be. Now powered by an 800MHz processor, the Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 has an improved 3.27-inch TFT display. There a good amount of connectivity options here HSPA, DLNA and NFC. The budget smartphone was released in May.
HSPA + WiFi 802.11 b/g/n + 3.2-inch touchscreen slate, 3.15-megapixel camera, 90MB Internal Storage + microSD, Android 2.3
HTC announced the HTC Explorer back in October 2011. It was designed as an affordable smartphone, sporting a 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen and 3.15-megapixel camera. Under the hood, the HTC Explorer will feature a 600MHz Qualcomm processor, with 512MB of RAM, and is running on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) with the HTC Sense 3.5 UI.