HTC Explorer vs Samsung Galaxy S Mobile Comparison

Samsung Galaxy S was one of the first 1Ghz Android phones in the world which sold in massive numbers throughout the world over a short period of time, giving Samsung a lot of success. Samsung was little known as a successful player in the smartphone industry until the Galaxy S. However, with recent price drops, the Galaxy S is available along with some recently launched mid-end phones. The Galaxy S is clashing against one of HTC’s very few budget Android phones, the HTC Explorer.  This phone has everything which you would want in a budget phone and also more than that.

Take a look at the detailed specs of both the phones and compare them side by side, in every category:

Table of Contents:

Form Factor

The HTC Explorer is 102.8 x 57.2 x 12.9 mm while the Samsung Galaxy S is 122.4 x 64.2 x 9.9 mm. The HTC Explorer weighs 108 grams while the Samsung Galaxy S is on the higher side weighing in at 119 grams.

Following the tradition of Android phones, the HTC Explorer has four touch sensitive buttons. On the other side, the Samsung Galaxy S has something similar to the Galaxy SII and Ace. It has two touch sensitive buttons and a single physical button in the centre.

The HTC Explorer has a 3.2 inch whereas the Galaxy S has a 4.0 inch screen and the HTC Explorer looks tough enough for various purposes and has superior build quality when compared to the Galaxy S. Notably, the Galaxy SII is built with basically plastic material of flimsy feel while the HTC Explorer is slightly sturdy.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S



The HTC Explorer comes with a TFT capacitive touchscreen of 3.2 inches with a pixel density of 180ppi while the Samsung Galaxy S has the Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen which supports upto 16 million colours which is a huge number when compared to the 256K supported by the Explorer and has a screen density of 233 ppi.

The HTC Explorer has a moderate screen resolution of 320×480 pixels while the Samsung Galaxy S has a 480×800 pixel resolution.

Winner : Samsung Galaxy S


The HTC Explorer has a mere 3.15 MP camera which is quite common in budget phones whereas the Samsung Galaxy S has a 5 MP camera which is pretty good considering the price of the phone. The HTC Explorer has a resolution of 2048×1536 pixels which is not far behind the 2592 x 1944 pixel resolution of the Samsung Galaxy S, same as the Galaxy Ace.

Both the phones also haven an inbuilt face detection to go along with their respective cameras. The extra feature of the Samsung Galaxy S is the touch focus which is worth mentioning.

The HTC Explorer can shoot video at 480p whereas the Samsung Galaxy S pops up by shooting great quality video at 720p at 30fps.

Also the Samsung Galaxy S sports a VGA front-facing or secondary camera which has all the normal camera functions and also supports third party apps such as Skype, Google Talk, etc. This is a drawback on the Explorer, which does not have a secondary camera and hence cannot use any third-party apps.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S( 720p video )


The HTC Explorer has just 90 MB of internal memory but can be extended upto 32 GB using a microSD card slot while the Samsung Galaxy S has both 8 and 16 GB versions of internal memory and can also be expanded to 32 GB using the memory card slot.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S ( Internal Memory)


The HTC Explorer has GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 bands and HSDPA 900 / 2100 bands which gives maximum speeds upto 80 kbps and 236.8 kbps respectively. The Galaxy S has speeds of upto 7.2 Mbps on HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps on HSUPA.

Both the phones have WiFi in them and support popular Wi-fi bands, compliant to the 802.11 standards. 802.11 b,g and n are supported and the WiFi Hotspot feature on them is also available on both the devices. To know how to enable Wifi Hotspot via tethering, follow these instructions here.

GPS is available on both the phones with A-GPS support for both. Both the phones also sport the latest version of Bluetooth, v3.0 with support for A2DP.

Just like any other Budget Android phone, these two phones also have microsUSB v2.0 for Data Transfer.

Operating System and UI:

The HTC Explorer comes with Gingerbread 2.3.5 coupled with the HTC Sense UI. The HTC Sense is definitely fun to use and has lots of small add-ons everywhere while Samsung’s UI has refreshed iconography, user changes here and there and some slight improvements to the User Experience.

Notably, the Samsung Galaxy S comes out of the box with Android 2.2 Froyo, though the update to Gingerbread 2.3 has been out ever since.

The Sense UI 3.5 with Gingerbread 2.3.5 is really a pleasure to use especially at the low price. But when you look at the Galaxy S, it comes with Samsung’s TouchWizv3.0, it is what you would have come to expect from Samsung’s Galaxy range of phone.

Samsung has announced that it would bring a ‘feature pack’ to the Galaxy SII, which will add some Ice Cream Sandwich looking features and widgets to it, but basically the Galaxy S will not be receiving the Ice Cream Sandwich Android update. The HTC Explorer, on the other side would remain on Gingerbread too.

Winner : HTC Explorer ( Sense UI )

Battery and Processor

The HTC Explorer has a 1230 mAh battery while the Samsung Galaxy S has a 1500 mAh battery. The HTC Explorer on 2G, has a talktime of upto 7 h and 485 hours of standby time and a whopping 7 hours of talktime and 445 hours of standby time on 3G. This is really great considering the fact that even high-end phones have lower talk and standby times when compared to this. While the Samsung Galaxy S has a talktime of upto 13 hours on 2G and a reasonable 6 hours on 3G which is pretty much similar to the SII.

The HTC explorer has a 600 MHz Cortex A5 processor and supporting it is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7225A Chipset. The Samsung Galaxy S has the more powerful processor when compared to the Explorer. It has a 1 GHz Cortex-A8 with a HummingBird Chipset.

600MHz on the HTC Explorer is just about enough power for the apps you’re likely to want to use but if you are more of a gamer then, the 1 GHz with its PowerVR SGX540 on the Galaxy S would make a good addition.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S


Primarily, the Samsung Galaxy S was a high-end phone as soon as it was launched and thus, comes packed with lots of features and support from the online community along with a gorgeous Super AMOLED screen. Unless you’re on a very tight budget, the HTC Explorer would not be the right pick. Considering the Galaxy S has been priced really low, a little higher than the HTC Explorer, Samsung’s additions to the Galaxy S makes it a good deal to catch up on at the moment.




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