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HTC Gratia review

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

HTC Gratia review: Camera

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The Gratia's five-megapixel camera isn't short of an option or two, but it's lacking a few features we'd like, so don't ditch that point-and-click camera just yet.

Control over the quality of your shots is merely fine, with an array of sliders accessible from the menu that enable you to tweak contrast, brightness, sharpness and the like. Sadly, these are quantised into levels, and the jump between each point can be both significant and frustrating.

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Further options, such as ISO, white balance and quality settings, can be accessed in a more standard way through the Settings tab. However, the menu as a whole is too screen-hungry for our tastes, often covering up half the display or more. It's forgivable when you're picking one of the extensive filter options or similar, but a real pain while tweaking shot-affecting parameters.

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A flash is noticeable by its absence, and we found that shooting in low-light conditions was tricky at best and unmanageable at worst.

Tapping to set the focus point is always a nice addition, though, and the face detection proved pretty reasonable, so this will suffice for a few party snaps – as long as you're not in a dingy nightclub.

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FUZZY: The focusing can be a little off at times, such as with our muzzy king of beasts here

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ZOOM: Get in close and while the shot will look fine on the handheld's screen, they'll be far too pixellated if you view them on a computer display

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COLOURS: We noticed the Gratia's camera was particularly susceptible to colour casts, such as these red reflections that dominate the shot, but were pretty easy to miss by eye

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OUTDOORS: Getting outside made things better, but the sky texture's blown out and it was hardly the world's brightest day

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
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 Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
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