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3.8

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Great little phone

I've been an iPhone user for about two years (having the 3g and moving onto the 3gs), but decided to purchase my first android handset after my iPhone 3gs stopped working. I decided...Read complete review

I've been an iPhone user for about two years (having the 3g and moving onto the 3gs), but decided to purchase my first android handset after my iPhone 3gs stopped working. I decided to get an Android handset instead of another iPhone due to curiosity and encouragement from friends.

I will break this review down to the phone and the software:

**Phone**

The phone is fairly small, which I really thought I would like when I got it, it is noticeably smaller than my previous iPhone. After using it for a while, I am realizing that I miss the larger screen, not for watching movie but for typing. The smaller screen = a smaller keyboard, which has taken me a bit to get used to. To remedy this issue I did install swype which has proven to be a great keyboard replacement. The screen is bright, the battery life is decent (comparable to my iphone), with heavy use you will need to charge the phone during the day.

**Software**

Android has been a great OS, with its quirkes. The best part of the android software is its ability to customize the phone to how you like it. I recently told my friend that with Android you are able to make the phone work around how you want to use it, rather than the iPhone, I found myself working and changing my habits to fit the phones. The opportunity to also install third party android OSs has also been a huge plus. I am currently running Cyanogenmod 6.2, which runs much faster, most likely due to the fact that CM6 is based on Froyo (android 2.2) and not Android 2.1

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The HTC Aria looks better than it performs.

Purchased the HTC Aria cell phone in November 2011.  So far I have some mixed feelings about this product.  The positives: My first impression of the Aria was that it was...Read complete review

Purchased the HTC Aria cell phone in November 2011.  So far I have some mixed feelings about this product.  The positives: My first impression of the Aria was that it was a very cool looking device.  It is small and compact, fits nicely in my hand and the exterior is coated with a smooth rubberized finish, similar to some high end cases you find for various cell phones.  This was a plus because it meant that I would not have to buy a separate case for the phone; I dislike cases as they hide the beauty of the design intended by the engineers.  I did however purchase a screen protector for the phone to protect the screen, since the phone is touch based, this is the most important component to be protected.  The negatives: The touch screen sucks.  Not nearly as responsive as the iphone and not very accurate either.  I have thick fingers and so it is difficult for me to hit the on screen display in a precise manner and so the phone will sometimes execute programs that I didn’t intend for it to execute.  Many reviewers also state the phone is fast, but it is not.  Apps are slow to load, and when they do load, there are times when the programs lag, which is an indication of low processing power or memory.  Bluetooth connection is also very sketchy; I’ve got a Jawbone Icon and sometimes the phone loses connection with the Bluetooth earpiece, which is extremely annoying.  And finally, the user interface is not as intuitive as I would like, many functions are hidden deep within settings and accessing simple tools built into the phone become cumbersome.  Final say: nice try but no cigar.

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4.0

Love this phone!

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from Jacksonville, FL

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I was ready for a phone upgrade, and I knew that I did not want an iPhone (for multiple reasons).  The HTC Aria seemed to have everything that I wanted in a phone, plus the things that the iPhone lacked that were important to me (removeable battery, SIM card, etc.)  The Android "Market" (the application store) seems to have just as many apps available as Apple does for the iPhone, and the Google interface makes accessing my Google email, contacts, and calendar very easy.  The phone is fairly simple to learn how to use, although it does not come with a user manual (they have one online though).  The phone is also very fast.  It has not frozen or gotten "stuck" at all, which was a concern of mine when I upgraded to a touch screen phone.  The size is also perfect (a little smaller than an iPhone) and the screen quality is great.  My only complaint is the battery life, but it easily lasts a day with moderate application and calling use.  I charge it every night and have no problem making the battery last the rest of the day.  Overall, a great phone; couldn't be happier!

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5.0

All aroung great phone

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from Yonkers, NY

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MAN I REMEMBER WAITING MONTHS FOR THIS PHONE AND WHEN I FINALLY GOT IT I WAS BLOWN AWAY, THE SCREEN QUALITY IS GREAT AND THE SOUND BLEW ME AWAY, THE ONLY PROBLEM I THINK THIS PHONE HAS IF IF YOU DROP IT ITS DONE MY FRIEND WENT THROUGH 2 OF THESES ALL READY BECAUSE OF HIS CLUMSINESS, DONT WORRY ABOUT THAT THOUGH IF YOUR LOOKING FOR A GREAT PHONE AND DONT WANT TO PAY ALOT OF MONEY FOR A I PHONE PICK THIS PHONE UP

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4.0

better than the blackberry

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from South Jordan, UT

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I started out my smart phone experience with a blackberry torch.  After lots of frustration trying to get that phone up and running, I went back to the cell phone store and got the HTC aria phone.  I love the size of this phone.  So many of the smart phones are too bulky for my taste.  This phone is small enough to pocket it, but the screen still feels large enough to see what I'm doing.  I do wish it had a keyboard, not just the touchscreen, but that's probably the only thing I liked better about the Blackberry.  I haven't been using the phone long, but it's been very intuitive and easy to get started on.  This is my first smart phone and I've been able to set up email, texting, contacts, calendar syncing and wifi connection without any problems.  I've been happy with this purchase, especially after having such a frustrating experience with the torch.  I'd definitely recommend this phone.  

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3.0

HTC ARIA

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from Escondido, CA

Comments about HTC - Cell Phone:

The HTC Aria is my current phone and I was a previous Iphone user. My honest opinion is that I miss my iphone 3g. I found the texting on the iphone superior. i found the apple market superior. I found the OS far more superior and user friendly. Also since I own an apple laptop, I find it more compatible. Plus the available accessory that is available for iphone is more diverse than the HTC.

What I don't like about the aria is that it sometimes crashes on me and also the market place doesn't have a lot applications available for me. Another thing I do not like about the Aria is that the texting is not as accurate as the Iphone.

The one thing I do like about the Aria is the size. it is smaller than the iphone. Also you can take the back off and there's a cool yellow battery.

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5.0

The best thing come in small packages!

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from League City, TX

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Talk about an excellent phone. All the bells and whistles of any other android phone and still able to fit it in a normal shirt pocket! This phone has a quick processor, long battery life and is very rugged. I've dropped so many times I can't count nay more and it still works like the day I got it. I'm very impressed with the HTC line and highly recommend it!

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3.0

HTC Aria Cell Phone is alright.

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from Maricopa, AZ

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        Comments about HTC - Cell Phone:

        I have had the HTC Aria cell phone for just over 6 months. I am not overly pleased with it, but it's not awful either. It does many things, the touch screen is awesome, and it has a lot of space. I do wish the camera had a flash and an easier way to snap photos. Downloading apps is easy, and usually quick. The phone does automatic updates regularly and stays charged for a long time. I don't like texting with a touch screen, and this phone's auto predict is terrible. It saves your used words but does not autopopulate them, and often times it will save words I accidently misspelled and try to use them again later. I got the phone free through Wirefly, so I am not complaining about the price, but if I had to purchase a new phone, this probably wouldn't be it. The phone is lightweight and slim, but slippery. Thank goodness they make covers and screen protectors for it, or mine would be in rough shape.

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        4.0

        good phone

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        from Wentzville, MO

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        Love the phone. It works really well and has lots of games and apps to choose from. I did notice however that it runs Android 2.1 and they came out with Android 2.2 and 2.3 which means that the phone needs to be updated. I have yet tried to figure out how to do that yet. The phone is simple to use very user friendly, not bulky as some phones and fits in to most cell phone pockets or your back pocket. My son knows how to play his games and even wants to play the games that we play. They have tons of apps and it is simple to start up and you have the option to use WIFI which you can use most anywhere they offer it, you don't need internet service if you connect to WIFI. It has the speak to text option which is really great and easy to use, Maps, Facebook and you have Kindle on your phone. I love that the Clock you can personalize it to your taste as well as the weather and the screens. They have different Themes that you can choose from or you can make your own.

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        4.0

        HTC Aria easy to use

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        from Milwaukee, WI

        Comments about HTC - Cell Phone:

        Just got the HTC Aria to replace my old Samsung phone.  This is my first time venturing into the world of smart phones, and I have become spoiled quickly.  I love the weather widget animations when you first get to the homescreen.  The phone itself is very quick - loads internet faster than my friend's iPhone.  And the Android Marketplace brings a huge assortment of apps to the table.  I have used an iTouch for years, and now prefer the faster apps on the Android system for daily use.  The only drawback I have come across with this phone is its poor battery life.  I had to buy a car charger, otherwise my phone would be dead by the middle of my commute home after work.  Not sure why the battery runs out so quickly, especially after installing an app kiler (which has extended the battery life slightly).  Wish Android would make a system where the idle processes didn't use so much memory.  Other than that, it is the perfect size to fit in my pocket, and works great as a smartphone - I have never had a problem with the touchscreen.  

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        4.0

        HTC Aria- Small Smart Phone

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        from Charles Town, WV

        Comments about HTC - Cell Phone:

        I have owned the HTC Aria for eight weeks now.  Here's my list of pros and cons.

        Pros-

        * small size- it fits in the pocket of most of my jeans without being annoying; also very light weight

        * smart predictive text when emailing-  even if you hit a wrong letter it will correct it and/or give you possible words

        * nice user interface/ home page

        * great display and good to great video quality (depending on the video source)

        * survived several short falls- the most that has happened was the back cover came off

        Cons-

        * small size (yes, this a pro and a con)- sometimes you just wish the screen/keyboard were larger

        * freezes up even when not using third party applications- typically if you hold the power button, but don't turn it off it will correct itself.

        * Camera doesn't have a flash so indoor pictures with low lighting don't turn out good

        * Accidently hangs up on people if you aren't using bluetooth or speaker phone (You have to hold the phone away from your chhek)

        The battery life is okay; it just depends on how much you are doing on it.  If I'm not constantly doing something on it; it will last all day.  If I'm on it non stop; it will last around four hours.  Overall, I'm happy with this phone. 

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        3.0

        HTC Aria is a good for the beginning smartphone user.

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        from Los Angeles, CA

        Comments about HTC - Cell Phone:

        I just switched from the iPhone 3G to the HTC Aria. All in all, this is a decent Android phone. I wanted to test the difference in user interface between iOS and Android and I can see that Android has definitely created a threat for Apple. The apps are plentiful with any useful app you'd need already on the Android Marketplace(and adding). As far as games, there are some decent games for android but no where as abundant as on the iPhone. So if you're not too much of a gamer(or do not care too much about apps except for those that are truly useful) Android OS will suit you fine.

        As far as the device itself, I found the user interface to be quite attractive with menus that were very easy to navigate. Checking mail and texts as well as making phone calls were a breeze and can be done very quickly. My only gripe about the phone is the speed. The Aria is not known to be a particularly strong device(processor of 600mHz) and some apps run a bit choppy. All in all, it is a great starting device for the new smartphone user as you will pick it up very quickly and will do basically anything you'd need in a device.

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