HTC Gratia is one of the latest innovation from the brand. With Froyo greasing the cogs, the European version of the HTC Aria is more than a name change – this petite droid is getting ready to storm the Old Continent.
The Android world is in a stage where big screens make the grade, which makes it frustratingly hard for people who like their droid in a small package. The compact Gratia comes with a 3.2” screen and is noticeably smaller than competing phones with the same display diagonal.
•3.2″ 256K-color HVGA capacitive touchscreen with multi-touch input
•Compact body and bold industrial design
•Android 2.2 Froyo with Sense UI
•Office document and PDF viewer
•Qualcomm MSM7227 600 MHz CPU and 384MB RAM
•Quad-band GSM support with dual-band HSDPA 7.2Mbps and HSUPA 2 Mbps
•Wi-Fi b/g connectivity
•Very good audio quality
•Built-in GPS receiver with A-GPS support
•5 MP autofocus camera; touch focus, geotagging and face detection
•VGA video recording at 20fps
•microSD card slot (32GB supported, 2GB included)
•Standard microUSB port and Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP
•Standard 3.5mm audio jack
•Stereo FM radio with RDS
•Flash enabled in the web browser
•YouTube client, Facebook and Twitter integration
•Excellent loudspeaker performance
•USB tethering; Wi-Fi hotspot
•Screen has poor sunlight legibility
•No secondary video-call camera
•Patchy Flash support in the browser
•Card slot under the battery cover
•No DivX/XviD video support out-of-the-box
•No dedicated camera key, no lens cover and no camera flash
HTC have put their magic touch on the HTC Gratia interface – the Sense UI is elegant and highly usable, with special focus on social networking. The speed boost from running Froyo rather than Eclair is a major advantage and Flash support in the browser is relatively rare in the midrange.
The Gratia software is certainly one of the highlights but the hardware deserves praise as well. The phone is solidly built and feels sturdy in the hand, without being bulky or heavy.
The compact dimensions, combined with the tapered edges, make the HTC Gratia perfect to handle. The lines are clean and simple but those four screws on the back make all the difference – it looks like a rugged trustworthy tool.
And last but not least, we were pleased to see that the matte plastic at the rear is great at keeping forensic evidence like fingerprints to itself. The glossy-backed Aria literally had to be wiped clean every time you got it out of your pocket.