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: Internet

With a Google-powered OS behind it, you'd expect the Gratia to be pretty capable at handling itself online and this usually proves to be the case.

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Web pages render quickly and accurately, while navigating with finger pokes/flicks proves easy. The pinch-to-zoom functionality is also impressive, scaling things up as well as reflowing text intelligently. This minimises the amount of scrolling from side to side you need to do, and makes it easy to read news text.

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The address bar is great, too. Summon it by swiping down at the top of a page and tap on it to enter an address. Google will even offer little buttons to take you directly to previously accessed sites, which start out as a range of possible sites, but are quickly narrowed down by what you enter.

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The input accuracy is fine, and you can always zoom in if you're struggling to hit a small button. You can also press and hold on web links to open them in a new window, or do an array of other actions, such as share, save and bookmark them.

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Once you've generated some bookmarks, you'll find them saved in handy thumbnail lists, along with your most visited sites, which are easily accessed using the menu key. It's the kind of seamless browsing usability you'd expect from a tech giant who made its name in search.

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So far, so solid, but this is where the good news ends. The headline feature of Flash support is a damp squib on the Gratia. For example, we tried watching a simple animation and it was horrible, its frames stuttering and jumping while the audio continued on in the background.

Likewise, loading up one heavy Flash-based site took so long, our handset went to sleep (as did we). Even a lighter one was far from the web 2.0 experience we'd hope for. Ultimately, then, if this is a trump card to be produced against the iPhone and Apple's shiny walled garden, colour us unimpressed.

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It should also be noted that we had little luck getting much online video to play that wasn't from the Google-owned YouTube.

Still, you're not limited to the Android Internet app – the Android Market holds plenty of alternatives if this doesn't suit for whatever reason.

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