HTC Gratia review

Is this 3.2-inch HTC smartphone a little something for everyone, or a small misstep for the mobile giant?

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HTC Gratia review: Battery

Battery life isn't one of the Gratia's strong points, and could be a deal breaker for some – particularly those who are often away from a charge point and make heavy use of the web while on the go.

We found that a day of moderate use was enough to drain the 1200mAh battery to around half capacity. It should be noted that this included under an hour of Wi-Fi use, but we did leave the 3G connection that's essential to most of the phone's information-fetching widgets active all the time.

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Make reasonable use of the camera, surf the net a bit and watch a few videos online in a day, and you'll certainly have to think about charging up before you head out into the wider world once more.

Helpfully, however, Android does have a handy battery status page hidden away in the settings that can break down your power usage and help you identify where you can save some juice. There's also a power management widget that can make controlling your connectivity options a simple affair, thus helping you turn off whatever you're not currently using to save some charge.

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Talking of connectivity, the Gratia is bristling with ways to hook up to the cloud and other devices. There's 802.11b/g Wi-Fi for getting online, which we found was respectably fast over a decent Wi-Fi connection, but can't make the most of a speedy wireless n hub (such as the new BT Home Hub).

The phone's 3G connection proved reasonably capable too, and is stated to max out at 7.2Mbps downloading and 2Mbps uploading. In practice, we found we could watch a YouTube video if we left it for a few minutes before hitting play, but obviously you're better off with Wi-Fi wherever you can get it.

There's Bluetooth 2.1 functionality here too, with Enhanced Data Rate, A2DP for wireless headsets and a smattering of other profiles with three to five letter acronyms.

Elsewhere, there's a GPS chip for use with Google's Maps app, but while fairly accurate, it's hardly been blisteringly fast in our tests. It also chews through battery at an aggressive rate, so we'd only turn to it when lost, and then only to briefly ask for directions.

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Connect the handset up to a PC and you're offered a handy span of options from a menu that pops up on the handset's screen. You can opt to sync up your calendars and more with the HTC Sync program (Windows users only), set up tethering to use your handset to provide an internet connection, mount your device as a disk drive or simply charge it.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory512 MB
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time7 Hour
Product ModelGratia
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Screen Resolution480 x 320
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)115 g
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.1 Eclair
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height103.8 mm
Width57.7 mm
Depth11.7 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time360 Hour
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameGratia Smartphone
Processor Speed600 MHz
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeG-sensor, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part Number99HKV032-00
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Compact and elegant design

From the refined construction on the exterior to the brightly colored interior, we've paid a lot of attention to detail on the HTC Gratia. Keep a good grip on your phone with the rubberized and bevelled back. Remove the back to find the conveniently placed microSD slot for your storage needs.

Polite ringer

We've added our new polite ringer to the HTC Gratia. Now, as soon as you lift it up to see who is calling, the ringer volume drops. And if you turn it over, it stops ringing altogether and quietly takes a message.

Work Email on the go

The HTC Gratia has enhanced support for Exchange such as password protection and remote data wipe. Access your business email, calendar and global address book, and set your Out of Office status right from your phone.

Package Contents
  • Gratia Smartphone
  • USB Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • 3.5 mm Stereo Headset
  • Battery
  • microSD Card
  • Quick Start Guide
Limited Warranty1 Year