Samsung Galaxy Y vs. HTC Explorer : Specs Comparison! Entry-Level Android Phone Battle!

Last night, I posted an entry about HTC Explorer's imminent release in the Philippines. And today, understandably so, I woke up to a ton of emails in my inbox asking for a comparison post between that handset and its main rival, Samsung Galaxy Y.

So TP Friends, without ado, here you go:

TP Specs Comparison Table: Samsung Galaxy Y vs. HTC Explorer
Detail/Feature Samsung Galaxy Y HTC Explorer
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Availability and Price in Philippines

Now out in the Philippines
Current Price in Malls - Php 5,990

Coming this Holiday Season
TP Price Guesstimate - Php 6,000 - 7,000

Dimensions/
Weight

104 x 58 x 11.5 mm
97.5 g

102.8 x 57.2 x 12.9 mm
108 g

Screen/
Features

2.8 inches (~133 ppi pixel density),
240 x 320 pixels, TFT,
capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors
- TouchWiz UI
- Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
- Multi-touch input method
- Touch-Sensitive Controls

3.2-inch, (~180 ppi pixel density)
320 x 480 pixels, TFT,
capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors
- HTC Sense UI v3.5
- Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
- Multi-touch input method
- Touch-sensitive controls
Operating System
Android OS, v2.3.5 (Gingerbread)

Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread)

CPU

832 MHz processor

600MHz Scorpion CPU, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset
Internal storage
160 MB, 290MB RAM

90 MB storage, 512 MB ROM, 512 MB RAM

Wifi

Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

3G

Yes, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps

Yes, HSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps

MicroSD

Yes, Supports up to 32GB

Yes, Supports up to 32GB

Camera

2 MegaPixels, 1600x1200 pixels, full focus, no flash
Video capture: QVGA 15 frames per second
Secondary camera: N/A

3.15 MegaPixels, 2048x1536 pixels, autofocus, no flash
Video capture: QVGA 15 frames per second (to be confirmed)
Secondary camera: N/A

Accelerometer

Yes

Yes

Digital Compass

No

Yes

EDGE

Yes

Yes

GPRS

Yes

Yes

Bluetooth

Yes, v3.0 with A2DP

Yes, v3.0 with A2DP

Built-in MicroUSB Port

Yes, v2.0

Yes, v2.0

Audio Jack

Yes, 3.5mm

Yes, 3.5mm

HDMI Port

No

No

Stereo FM Radio

Yes

Yes

Games and Apps

Yes, via Android Market

Yes, via Android Market

Java

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

Browser - Flash support

Yes

Yes

Battery Type

Li-Ion 1200 mAh

Li-Ion 1230 mAh


HTC Explorer has a smaller footprint compared to the lighter and slightly thinner Samsung Galaxy Y. Despite that, HTC Explorer has a noticeably bigger screen with greater pixel density, higher resolution autofocus camera and even has a slightly bigger battery.

There are two areas, however, where Samsung Galaxy Y appears to be better than HTC Explorer; Processor and Internal Storage. Galaxy Y has a 832 MHz CPU vs. the 600 MHz chip of the latter. As for internal storage, SGY has 160 MB and only 90 MB for HTC Explorer. Nonetheless, one should note that Explorer has far more RAM than SGY, which should greatly augment the performance of the handset.

As for the design, well, it depends on individual tastes. Samsung Galaxy Y looks like a shrunk Samsung Galaxy Ace while HTC Explorer looks like a smaller HTC Desire S.

So which entry-level Android handset do you think is better? Which one are you getting this Christmas?

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