HTC Aria (AT&T)
Manufacturer: HTC Part number: 300084
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CNET editors' review
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- Reviewed by: Bonnie Cha
- Reviewed on: 06/17/2010
- Released on: 06/20/2010
The good: The HTC Aria is compact, feature rich smartphone that runs on Android version 2.1 with HTC's Sense user interface. It has a 5-megapixel camera, GPS, Bluetooth, and supports Wi-Fi and 3G networks.
The bad: The Aria's smaller display makes for a cramped onscreen keyboard. Its camera doesn't have a flash and you can't install non-Market apps.
The bottom line: The HTC Aria is a solid, midrange Android smartphone, but it's a shame AT&T restricts it by blocking Android's capability to install third-party apps.
This Is THE Android Phone to Get If You're on AT&T
by NormanKerns on March 12, 2011
Pros: + Beautiful HTC design
+ Very fast
+ Touch screen works great
+ Voice quality is excellent
+ Web browsing is very snappy and easy
Cons: - Not support voice dialing through BlueTooth
- No camera flash
- Poor battery life
Summary: Well, my wife and I have been using our new Aria phones for about a week now. I switched from a Blackberry Bold and she was using a 1st generation ...
Summary: Well, my wife and I have been using our new Aria phones for about a week now. I switched from a Blackberry Bold and she was using a 1st generation iPhone (although hers didn't have any data plan). We also purchased one of the 3G MicroCells from AT&T at the same time - so our cell signal at home is now better than I thought would be possible.
As far as our profiles go: I'm a tech addict - I work at home as a C/C++ programmer and tend to be an early adopter of anything tech related. My wife is kind of the opposite - she relies on me to keep the tech stuff going and tends to resist new technology since she knows it can often be more of a headache than it is worth:).
Fortunately, this phone is working for both of us. The Android OS has been great - although there are some features in the next version (Froyo) that I wish were on this phone already. I spent several hours yesterday figuring out how to 'root' this phone and I did end up getting it done last night. My wife's went a lot faster since I already understood the process.
Here are some things I like about the Aria:
1) The size of the Aria is perfect. It is smaller than either the Blackberry Bold or the iPhone, yet the screen is very usable. This is a very 'pocketable' phone.
2) The touch screen works great. It supports all the common touch controls like zooming, swiping, etc...
3) There is a version of Kindle available for Android! And it works great - I'll still use my Kindle, but this will work when I'm out without it.
4) I like being able to mix programs and widgets on each screen. It took a few days of playing with it, but we both now have our phones setup to work well for us.
5) The text input works well; but, if you decide to root your phone, do yourself a favor and install the latest version of Swype. This has turned out to be an unbelievably great method of inputting text and both my wife and I are loving it for e-mails and texting!
6) The selection of apps available to this phone through the market is great! I've been able to find apps for everything I want, and I'm looking into writing some myself just to see how it works.
7) The voice quality is excellent. When I first started using the phone I would get that 'Wow!' impression every time I talked to someone - even when out of range of the MicroCell.
8) Web browsing is very snappy and easy. This is an area where the Blackberry really sucked, so I'm loving the real browser with Flash.
9) Once I figured out the task switching and status bar at the top, I've found them very useful. On the other hand, I'm not sure my wife will ever take the time to look into those features.
10) I really like that I can get both my personal e-mail (GMail) and work e-mail (Exchange) - and they integrate together very intuitively. I'm using multiple GMail accounts on this phone with no problem.
11) This is one of those phones that really doesn't need a protective case. The back cover is 'rubbery' and easy to grip - and actually seems to be as protective as any additional cover would be. I like the protective cover much more than the decorative cover that comes on the iPhone (that most people end up covering anyway).
12) This phone supports pattern unlocking; which is a much easier form of security than typing a PIN or password. Once again, this is an area where Android comes through against the iPhone. (NOTE: If you connect to Exchange, the pattern unlock feature can be disabled by your Exchange policy - but this can be worked around if you're willing to do some tweaking.)
Things that could be improved:
1) As with any phone, I think we can always wish for better battery life. If I use the phone non-stop through the day (which I did at first), the battery will last an entire day. I can get through about 2 days of normal use without charging. There is an app called 'Advanced Task Killer' in the market that helps with battery life.
2) I wish there was a way to change sound profiles when charging. I found a program called 'Setting Profiles Lite' that does this, but it seems like it should be built into the Android OS like it is in the Blackberry.
3) The contact manager could be improved. When sending a text, for example, it gives the option of every phone number for a contact instead of just mobile numbers...
Anyway, I've probably yammered on enough already; but I really am enjoying this phone. If you're using AT&T, and looking for an alternative to the over-hyped iPhone, then I think this is probably THE phone to get at this point.
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20 out of 23 users found this user opinion helpful.
by mase2113 on June 30, 2010
Pros: This phone has been nothing short of magnificent. Everything works flawlessly. Extremely light and compact.
Cons: There really aren't that many shortcomings. Keyboard can be difficult sometimes as occasionally but not often I hit the period button or shift key but I do not mind as it only happens like one out of every 50 texts.
Summary: I got this phone the other day and it has been amazing. Everything is pretty sweet. The sound quality of the music rivals that of my computer speakers(seriously). Can ...
Summary: I got this phone the other day and it has been amazing. Everything is pretty sweet. The sound quality of the music rivals that of my computer speakers(seriously). Can multitask quite easily(unlike Apple who waited til 4th generation to understand). Android OS plus the HTC model equals a fantastic phone. I did not think ATT was capable of putting a real phone out there but it proved me wrong. Compared to my old fuze this phone is a dream come true. I highly suggest this phone if you do not want an iphone or wish to have an android phone on ATT.Contrary to people's complaints...battery life is not that terrible. Yes if you want to sit on your phone all day browsing internet and listening to music and texting and what not then yeah sure the battery will drain. But reality is you cannot have a small phone and a large battery. The other day I went from 9 am-2 am(17 hours) and it was near dead but not dead. I used the navigator(for a total of an hour and a half), browsed the internet for a part of the day and called and texted my friends pretty consistently. And it lasted that long. So people can stop complaining about it.
Updated on Aug 6, 2010
10 out of 14 users found this user opinion helpful.
Badass Sense-Android unit
by oh4real on June 27, 2010
Pros: Pocket-sized full function Android phone. Screen is bright and crisp. Processor is snappy as can be. Trackpad rocks for fine cursor movement in text. Sense UI. Insanely fine control of 5MP camera.
Cons: No LED flash, but neither do iPhones < 4.
Summary: Pretty much everything about this phone rocks. Compact size is great for pockets, while 3.2in screen is big enough for anything I'd want it for. Fits nicely in ...
Summary: Pretty much everything about this phone rocks. Compact size is great for pockets, while 3.2in screen is big enough for anything I'd want it for. Fits nicely in my hand and can get everywhere on the screen with my thumb. Only MINOR drawback is no LED flash, but no iPhones had them until this week, so...Oh yeah, forgot. The rubberized back on the phone is awesome for grip (already saved it once) and for non-greasy look compared to glass or shiny plastic back.
I angsted for weeks and was finally ready to buy a TMo N1 off craigslist or ebay and rock their 6Mb HSPA+ network. Then that exact same weekend, out of the blue, ATT announces this phone. I checked it out on launch day and was seriously impressed. Angsted over it for one night, then read about wirefly.com's totally free offer and - booyah - saved $500 and got a badass android phone with SenseUI.
Not sure the 3rd party lock is completely accurate. HTC's User Manual with ATT branding all over it specifically describes loading 3rd party apps via HTC Sync over USB. So no to OTA 3rd parties, but probably yes to USB 3rd party apps.
For handheld gaming, I'll be getting an iPod touch with savings from paying $0 for the phone.
Updated on Jun 27, 2010
9 out of 12 users found this user opinion helpful.
Pretty kool phone
by krgreen64 on August 13, 2010
Pros: Operating System, Display, Compact, Rubber backing, Awesome Camera, Wallpaper weather animation. The phone is a great little phone. Very easy to work right outta the box.
Cons: Speakerphone could be louder, keyboard is kinda small but managable, small phone storage space. Bloatware unremovable.
Summary: For a small phone this puppy packs a punch. I have had the phone for about 2months now and I really love it. The cons I said are just little ...
Summary: For a small phone this puppy packs a punch. I have had the phone for about 2months now and I really love it. The cons I said are just little things that I can work with. Except for the bloatware being unremovable! Come on AT&T are you kidding me? Trying to free up space wouldnt be a problem if you could remove some apps you wont use.
6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Nice break from the mega phones
by stewart2568 on July 28, 2010
Pros: Awesome user interface extreme amount of apps and rich display extremely responsive and quick If I was aware of it i would think it had the snap dragon processor in it already but i doesn't from what I read. Great midrange phone, a nice alternative.
Cons: The false news about not being able to sideload apps. I have been able to sideload apps from day one and I didn't have to "root" my phone which i would ill advise you doing to your phone, it will ruin it for good.
Summary: The phone runs on Android 2.1 after speaking to an HTC rep they have almost completed testing on Android 2.2 for the Aria and look to have released ...
Summary: The phone runs on Android 2.1 after speaking to an HTC rep they have almost completed testing on Android 2.2 for the Aria and look to have released early fall. As far as im concerned the phone doesn't even need it, it's great the way it is! But the 2.2 will allow you to store apps on the sd card which means the phone will give the iphone a run for it's money. HTC blew apple out of the water years ago as far as im concerned.
6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great little Android phone
by saint168 on June 24, 2010
Pros: Small size
Cons: BAD BATTERY LIFE
No non-marketplace apps
Summary: I love this little phone. I can barely feel it in my pocket. Other then the fact that AT&T crippled it, it's the best mid-range Android out ...
Summary: I love this little phone. I can barely feel it in my pocket. Other then the fact that AT&T crippled it, it's the best mid-range Android out there. The battery life is a problem for me, for the last 3 days, the phone died on me before 9pm everyday with moderate use.
5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
Awesome phone in a small package!
by rreichar on July 20, 2010
Pros: Very good performance in a a phone that fits easily in your pocket. It does everything I need it to. It seems quite fast despite it's mid-level specs. Great still photos and decent video. This does not feel like a mid-level phone.
Cons: Small keyboard but that is to be expected with such a small phone. After 2-3 days I stopped noticing it. I do not have very big hands though.
Summary: This is my first Android phone and after doing a lot of research I noticed that it never gets a bad review but it is way cheaper than the "Superphones" ...
Summary: This is my first Android phone and after doing a lot of research I noticed that it never gets a bad review but it is way cheaper than the "Superphones" like the Evo 4G and DroidX. I needed 4 smartphones for myself, my wife and 2 kids. Any of the 1ghz phones would have been over $900 with contract. I got the 4 Arias for $98. The small screen may not have big specs but it looks great. The phone feels fast. I love it and the kids love it. My daughter really wanted an iPhone 4 but now she loves the Aria. The battery life has been good for all 4 of us so far. My wife gets 2-3 days out of hers while the always-online 14 year old daughter has to charge at the end of the night. The 5mp camera is great even without a flash. The video is OK but not nearly as good as the stills. It comes with a 2gb micro SD card so I will have to replace that but for the price I can understand why a larger card wasn't included. I did not like the small virtual keyboard at first but after 2-3 days I got used to it. In my opinion some Android phones look and feel a bit clunky. This is not one of them. I am somewhat of an Apple fanboy and was worried that I would have some buyer's remorse getting an Aria instead of the iPhone4. So far I am happy with the choice and have no regrets.After 2 weeks with the Aria I like it even more. The battery life seems to be getting better. After heading to work at 7:00 a.m. and using the phone a lot during the day I still have over 80% battery at 5:30p.m.. I am getting better with the small keyboard. I did get a 16gb card to replace the stock 2gb card. The phone did not want to format the card. I formatted it with my Macbook Pro and copied the files from the old card and the phone found everything. I used Doubletwist to sync my iTunes music to the card. 8gb of music took over an hour to sync but all the DRM free music plays just fine. It occurred to me that Apple should just do iTunes for Android. That sounds silly but at one time iTunes for Windows sounded silly too. Not that Apple is hurting for sales but having the iTunes ecosystem on their most serious mobile OS competitor kind of makes sense. Don't fall for the big phone hype. The Aria is a great "little" phone.
Updated on Jul 30, 2010
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
This is a great phone. No major issues at all!
by ryandco on August 1, 2010
Pros: Durable, ease of use, operating system, build quality, size, quick processor, great looks, customizable
Cons: *The battery can run short but not nearly as bad as some make it out to be.
*small bug with keyboard but rarely happens.
Summary: "Had the phone for over a week now. All I can say is I am very happy with my purchase. Been waiting for a while now for an Android phone ...
Summary: "Had the phone for over a week now. All I can say is I am very happy with my purchase. Been waiting for a while now for an Android phone on ATT. Looked at the Captivate but much prefer the Sense UI from HTC over Samsung's Touchwiz. A few key points:
*Processor - Although not a 1gz processor the Aria has shown no lag whatsoever even when as many as 15 programs running. Very impressed.
*Physical size/build quality - The phone is built really well and feels solid in your hand even though it is quite small.
*Screen size - Okay not the 4+ inch display like many phones but it is plenty big for most uses. Some websites don't shrink to fit the width but that is a minor issue.
*Camera - No flash is disappointing but it takes pretty good pictures. There are different light settings which helps a bit. Haven't taken any video yet.
*Battery - The battery isn't nearly the issue many make it out to be. Is it great? No. Is it on par with many of the phones being made today? Yes. I can get through the day with a good amount of use. Just get the Advanced App Killer and you will be fine. I have mine set to kill apps after 30 mins.
*Keyboard - The portrait keyboard is small but the predictive text is VERY good. I have large fingers and in 2 days I have only sent a couple of texts (out of over 400) with mispelled words. Landscape keyboard is pretty good and the voice to text works really well. Every now and again (probably 6 times of 1500+ texts) the keyboard freezes and forces you to close. You can still send message though. Seems a small bug with predictive text. Simply close and re-open messaging and all is good again.
*Speaker volume - Another complaint by many that I have had no issue with. It is a bit tinny but it is plenty loud! You can adjust the phone ringer volume as well as media volume. Adjusting the media volume helped quite a bit when playing a song as a ring tone.
*Email - I have my work and 3 personal emails synced to the phone. Not an issue to speak of.
*Syncing Facebook - Not able to get my Facebook contacts to Sync with the phone. Really just wanted it because an easy way to get pix added to contacts. This is really the only issue with the phone I have had.
Again, overall I am very happy with this purchase. Many will say it can't compete with the higher end phones coming out but I think it definitely holds its own. If you are looking for an Android phone and don't have to follow the masses this is a great choice!"
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
by atomicbomb156 on July 25, 2010
Loaded with features
Very responsive and fluid interface
Easy to connect to computer
Slim and elegant design
Cons: Short battery life
keyboard in portrait mode can be a little cramped
can't side load some incredible apps
Summary: The HTC Aria is a wonderful smartphone. It is literally the perfect size, making the iPhones, Blackberries, and Droids of the world seem huge by comparison. Although the specs may ...
Summary: The HTC Aria is a wonderful smartphone. It is literally the perfect size, making the iPhones, Blackberries, and Droids of the world seem huge by comparison. Although the specs may not be that impressive, the real life performance is not. It rarely stutters, and if it does its usually the network. I bought it recently and have had a few days to put it through its paces. The battery life is probably the only thing holding it back from being the perfect phone. It can barely get through a day. A day being 10am to 2am. The battery goes completely flat, and that is with good power management.
The HTC sense offers a lot of wonderful widgets, a great keyboard, especially in the landscape mode, the 7 screens, and a variety of other small things that smarten up the interface. I will say that you should immediately get a new music player, I recommend doubletwist, and advanced task killer. Since Android lacks a default simple and user friendly programs for both.
I would recommend getting this phone. So far its the best phone I've had, having switched from a Blackberry Curve 8310, and to that from the Sony Ericsson W760a. Its stylish, elegant, portable, fast, and ultimately useful. If you hate Apple and are on AT&T, spring for this over the Captivate and any of the other smartphones. It has all the right ingredients, minus the battery issue, but thats common for a lot of smartphones. Now to wait for the Froyo update.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
I left Blackberry and I haven't looked back.
by sellphones2493 on August 28, 2010
Pros: Attractive, Light-Weight, Small, Screen Quality, Auto-Correct on Texts, Web Browser, Intuitiveness, Screen Doesn't Scratch, Speaker Quality, Free Apps are of High Quality
Cons: Heavy Screen Glare, Texting Screen is cramped, Battery Life Sucks, My 3.2mp Blackberry Camera took better pictures than this 5mp (lacks autofocus), No Flash, Phone vibrates when ear is touching buttons on phone, Weather doesn't do small towns
Summary: I have previously owned 2 Blackberry Pearls, 1 Pearl Flip, 1 8900 Javelin, and 1 9700 Bold. There was also an iPhone somewhere in that mix that I returned within ...
Summary: I have previously owned 2 Blackberry Pearls, 1 Pearl Flip, 1 8900 Javelin, and 1 9700 Bold. There was also an iPhone somewhere in that mix that I returned within hours to get another Blackberry. I switched to the Aria because I needed a change in my life, and my 9700 Bold had a bad web-browser. On the first day of ownership, I switched back to my 9700 six times because the Blackberry had features I missed.
That all changed once I found the app store, and came to realization that this device is not supposed to be like my Blackberry. Now, after 2 Weeks of ownership, I have grown to love this phone for it's fast loading speeds, and the amount of convenience at my fingertips. The texting takes some acclimating, but it really isn't that bad. However, I wish I could say the same about the battery life. The battery lasts on a good day up to 18 hours. This doesn't even rival my Blackberry's battery that lasted up to 7 days.
Overall, I do see myself going back to a Blackberry once they solve there internet browser issues, and email reformatting issues. However, this is a great phone to have for the time being.
And, I was wrong - Android is a great operating system.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: HTC
- Part number: 300084
- Description: It's got everything you'd expect from the Internet. And with HTC Sense, the Android 2.1 OS and 50,000 applications to choose from, it goes beyond every expectation of a pocket-sized phone.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Smartphone
- Form Factor Touch
- Phone Design PDA
- Integrated Components GPS receiver,
- Antenna Internal
- Width 2.3 in
- Depth 0.47 in
- Height 4.6 in
- Weight 4.6 oz
- Body Color Black
- Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
- Band WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
- Mobile Broadband Generation 3G
- Service Provider AT&T
- Operating System Google Android 2.1
- User Interface HTC Sense
- Input Device(s) Touch sensitive screen
Messaging & Internet
- Cellular Messaging Services MMS,
- Instant Messaging Services Yahoo! Messenger,
AOL Instant Messenger Service (AIM),
Windows Live Messenger (MSN Messenger)
- Supported Email Protocols SMTP,
- Supported Social Networks and Blogs Twitter,
- Messaging & Data Features Text messages,
Multimedia messages (MMS),
- Downloadable Content Audio files,
- Mobile Services YouTube,
- Data Transmission GPRS,
- Wireless Interface IEEE 802.11b/g,
Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
- Bluetooth Profiles Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)
- Communication Features Internet browser,
Mobile Email client
- Phone Functions Call timer,
- Polyphonic Ringer Yes
- Sensors Proximity sensor,
Ambient light sensor,
- Additional Features TTY compatible
- Personal Information Management Synchronization with PC,
- Supported Digital Audio Standards OGG,
- Supported Digital Video Standards 3GP
- Type QUALCOMM MSM7227
- Clock Speed 600 MHz
- RAM 256 MB
- ROM 512 MB - Flash
- Supported Flash Memory Cards microSD - up to 32 GB,
- Sensor Resolution 5 megapixels
- Focus Adjustment Automatic
- Features Video recording
- GPS Navigation A-GPS receiver
- Navigation Software & Services Google Maps
- Type LCD display - Color
- Technology TFT
- Diagonal Size 3.2 in
- Display Resolution 320 x 480 pixels
- Color Depth 18-bit (262000 Colors)
- Features Wallpaper
- Connector Type Micro-USB
- Technology Lithium ion
- Capacity 1200 mAh
- Run Time Details Talk - up to 360 min,
Standby - up to 372 hour(s)
- Compliant Standards HAC(Hearing Aid Compatible)
- Included Accessories Power adapter , Power adapter