HTC - Aria Mobile Phone - Black (AT&T)
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- Phone StyleBar phone
- Mobile Operating SystemAndroid
- QWERTY KeyboardNo
- Touch ScreenYes
- Camera Resolution5.0MP
- MP3 Playback CapabilityYes
- Device ManufacturerHTC
Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 73 reviews(73 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
A Very good and reliable Android phonePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
Pros: 1. Android 2.1 2. Auto-Focus 5.0 camera 3. Texting is a breeze 4. HTC Sence 5. 3.2 screen is bright and vibrant 6. Great reception and call quality 7. Tons of free apps 8. Google integration 9. MP3 player with 3.5mm audio jack Cons: 1. Battery life 2. No Flash (camera or Adobe) 3. SD card inside battery cover 4. no native side-load of apps 5. Optical joystick is rather small (ok, I'm stretching) Summary: This is my first (real) Android phone for AT&T. Started with an unlocked G1, and that just gave me a taste for more. When Best Buy started their Free Friday phones on the first week of Oct, they had the Aria, so i decided to give it a try. Glad I did. Been just under a month now, and I can honestly say that I love the Aria. Did the research on AT&T's removal of the ability to side-load apps. No big deal, downloaded the Android Central Sideload Wonder Machine, and it works fine. Only down-side (I guess) is that you need to 'usb' the Aria to computer in order for it to work. It's a fine work-around. As much as I love HTC Sence, as it's a better skin than that of Moto-Blur. I thought I would be fine with HTC's regular keyboard, but ended up staying with Better Keyboard with the iPhone skin over that. Combine it with Handcent SMS, and you got one fine texting experience. One thing I love on this is more Android over iOS. Free apps, and that you can download them without inputting a password every single time. One, only one did I ever pay for an Android app, mainly because I use WidgetLocker alot more and the ad's started to bug me. You get much more functionality than the stock screen lock. Another Android related thing is that it's running 2.1. Just waiting (impatiantly) for 2.2 and it's Flash and apps to SD Card abilities. Back to the Aria as a phone. Reception is no worse or better, so it's a good thing. Always got good reception almost everywhere with a few spots that I know it just wont work. Still get 1 bar out of it for most that for most of those spots. I get my usual ringtones and MP3 music out of it. Not sure if it's me or the Aria, sometimes i think it's too soft, sometimes it's way too loud. I guess I still have to mess around with the volume. Not going to get much into the battery. All my smart phones, 8125, 8525, Treo 750 (all HTC) all last about a day and have to recharge every night. So this is no different. A lot of ppl are complaining about the screen size. Yes, I'll give you that compared to Evo or Incredible. But remember a time when PDA screens were 3.2 and that was considered big? To me, this is no different. At least I don't have to hassle with portability of the phone, and has just enough room for texting. Going back to Better Keyboard with the iPhone skin. So much better. The 5.0MP camera is great with auto-focus. Sharp and bright (good lighting). It sucks that there is no flash on it, but then again. With any phone, better to get a real camera. For that quick picture and send to Facebook, it gets what you need done. Well, hope that this helps. It's just my two cents with my Aria, and I don't think you will go wrong with the phone either.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Fantastic Phone Fully Recommend (Helpful Apps)Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
First I would like to say that I went to the AT&T store fully set on purchasing the new iPhone 4 regardless of the countless rumors of dropped calls, and the eventual iPhone 4Gs in 3 months that'll likely come out leaving those with the "OLD iPhone" in the dust. When I entered the store they showed me this phone the HTC Aria. I loved the operating system and fell in love with all the things I could do to customize it. So I jumped in and bought it at a great value of $130. I came home and began to use the Aria and was mezmorized by how easy I was using it and how quickly it set up to my WiFi, linked my Facebook stream right to my app (already downloaded onto the phone) and with all my contacts, and immediately on one of my pages I could receive live news feeds from the NY Times. And also how immediatly with out reading any of the manuals or such I linked my personal and my work emails pushed straight to the mail app. I love the phone and have had it for 2 weeks now and I would for sure recommend anyone to purchase this phone. And to answer a couple doubts about the phone I know the battery life is not great which is expected for a smartphone however If you buy this (which you definitely should), download for FREE BATTERY TIME LITE. Works perfectly on managing your phones battery by closing apps that are not being used at the time. Also for 2 dollars to help the cramped keyboard purchase SMART KEYBOARD PRO. Spaces it out and is very easy to use. And finally for convenience download for FREE SMS Popup which is the same popup feature for the iPhone however it is very easy to read and reply to texts while on another app. One more thing the phone is completely customizable you can clear everything and go from scratch and create your own theme with your own apps, news feeds, ect. Or use some of the default themes, or if you really would like too download one of the thousands of themes that go all the way from Call of Duty to your favorite sports teams. So all in all a 5 STAR product, very portable, easy to use, great features, good call clarity, and fantastic phone.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Excellent piece of equipmentPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
The Aria is small. As you might imagine, the compact design can be a plus or a negative, depending on what you are doing at the time. I am 60. I do more surfing and texting than making phone calls. The Aria does it all very well. Phone conversations are clear on both ends. The phone is full featured and its phone features are excellent. That being said, this is actually a computer that happens to make phone calls, Battery life is much better than I expected. With constant use during the day, I get a low battery warning around 8 pm. I usually charge the phone during dinner which takes me through to bed time. The phone has an fm tuner that requires ear buds to operate. It does everything one would expect of a computer and does most of it very well. My wife has an Iphone and I prefer the Aria to the Apple. If you want a phone you can personalize, the Android OS beats apple hands down in my opinion. The size of the phone would be a problem if a person had big fingers. Using the phone in the horizontal position gives you a keyboard that is much easier to use than in the vertical position. My only real complaint about the phone is with the keyboard. I am constantly either hitting the shift key when trying to hit the "a" key, or the "b" key when hitting the space bar. The phone has so many features that it took me several days to get accustomed to the phone. Remember, with each screen change, the menu changes. Customization is easy and straightforward. Tons of apps are available. Again, the best way to sum up about the Aria is that it is a computer that happens to make phone calls. Oh, and range on the wifi at home is around 200 feet. I would recommend the phone to anyone and everyone.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Sleek, functional, and unpretentiousPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I've had the Aria for about 2 weeks now, and I can say that it has done very well. The Good: *The form factor and size of this phone is nearly perfect, and it just makes me laugh when I see those humongous HTC Incredibles or Droid X phones. I like a more pocketable device. *It's stable. It doesn't crash or freeze on me. I can't say the same for my previous phone, but then again, I played with the ROM on that one (WM 6.5). *The screen is great - very responsive (my first capacitive touch screen). It has a great proximity sensor - very speedy to adjust. I especially like the optical mouse-like sensor, which is also used as a "select" button. This makes it possible to avoid touching the screen in most situations (if that's what you want to do). *The phone size is perfect. Just about the size of my LG Incite, but makes better use of the form factor. *I enjoy the Android OS. On this phone, the responsiveness is incredible. It is very fast and opens features quickly. This is my 3rd OS in as many phones (Palm, WM, Android), and I can say that it is very good for techie-tinkering. Lot's of ways to customize the interface and lots of applications available. As for "sideloading" applications, I just used an older version of the HTC sync program, and am able to load any app I want. *I haven't had any problems with reception - the phone connects quickly and keeps its signal. The speakerphone is a bit tinny, but audible. The call quality is average (on par with my other phones), but not nearly as good as my old dumb phone (SE T616). *Camera takes decent photos, but only after a very long shutter lag. Then again, it's not my main photo-taking device. Just for those "in a pinch" situations. The Bad: Not much to say here, but here goes: *Battery is fair. This could be due to the too much going on with the OS - WiFi, apps, etc. Also, there are ways to optimize charging and such - google it. *The screen, although very nice, could be a bit larger. If HTC made this phone just a hair larger, it could have a 3.5" (as opposed to a 3.2") screen. But this is a minor quibble. I didn't get this phone because of the screen size. Overall, the Aria is a very nice looking, solid feeling and unpretentious phone. It isn't a huge brick with a freakishly large screen, and isn't an Apple product, which is very important to me. It isn't covered in chrome, doesn't have all sorts of buttons and gizmo-thingys on it, and it feels good holding it. And the price is right ($0). If you're looking for a good Android phone for free (with 2-year contract), you can't go wrong with the Aria.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
AT&T's Best Android Phone/ Great smart phonePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
The phone is simple and not hard on the eyes, with a soft velvet like texture on the back. It has a high quality and quick 5mp camera but comes with no flash at all. The screen is a pretty good size for how small the phone is and has very responsive touch sense. The android operating system runs very smooth with the lightweight processor and makes moderate use seem smooth and easy to handle. Call quality is very clear and the reception seems average. Battery life if good as well with about a full 6 hours of talk time, squeezed almost 3 days of standbye out of it. It's not the raved Iphone 4 but its a great alternative in the ATT lineup, especially for android fans.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
This is a great smartphone at a very good price.Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I've had the Aria for 2 weeks. It is my first touchscreen phone and it took a couple of days for me to get comfortable with that. Now I navigate through all the features with no problems. I am retired and typically am either in my woodworking shop or doing garden/yard work and away from a computer. I decided I needed a smartphone to save the time I was spending going to the computer to check email, research projects, etc. The Aria has come through with flying colors. Using our home wi-fi I can do those tasks where ever I am on our property. The Internet browser is great and fast. All navigation through the apps is very fast. The screen is brilliant and easy on my eyes. I highly recommend the Aria. The Bestbuy mobile manager was fantastic during the puchase and contract extension setup. (Thanks Beth! :-)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
A sophisticated, but yet simple phonePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
This phone is easily the best one I've owned so far. I've had it for about a week now, and so far I've had no problems with it. I admit, I was surprised by the size as I thought it would be little bigger but I can live with it. Besides, I like how it fits perfectly in my pocket unlike other phones that make a huge bulge in your pocket. Features such as the camera and camcorder are good; they're not the best, but they're good enough to take a decent picture and video. It's really easy to navigate around the phone even if you're not technology-savvy. The battery really hasn't been an issue as I don't get on the Internet on it that much. But I did notice that when you do along with downloading apps, you'll see a drop in no time. The built-in Wi-Fi is a major plus, especially if you're a college student on campus. You can turn off your 3G connection and turn on the Wi-Fi; that way, you're not using up your data plan. Messaging is somewhat good only if you have small hands; if you have big hands, then you will have a hard time due to the small screen and cramped on-screen keyboard. Overall, the messaging is okay, but again, only if your hands aren't big. Making calls on the phone is a breeze as I can hear the person on the other end great. What I like a lot about this phone is its customization. Not one HTC Aria, or any other current HTC phones for that matter, will be the same based on customization. You have seven home screens and you can put whatever you want on them. My favorite app so far is the Ringdroid app, which allows you to take a song you load onto the phone and crop it into a ringtone, notification sound, alarm sound, etc. If you want a smartphone that's not too complicated or too big, I strongly recommend this phone especially if you're looking for an upgrade considering that's it's free. (By the way, I don't know about the durability of this phone, but judging from its small compact size, it may scratch easily. I recommend buying a case for it.)
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
I am loving this phonePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I just got my Aria yesterday afternoon. Needless to say I was up till 4am playing with it. Has a ton of apps available, EASY to download ringtones, photos, etc. I have put a ton of stuff on it and it barely made a dent in the memory. This is my first smart phone and I am very happy with it. It keeps amazing me. I have never had a touch phone either and was very afraid i would have problems but it has a great response. When testing the spell check option is awesome. It gives options and is easy to choose words. I went to the main screen this morning and rain clouds formed across the screen then showed me the weather, I just can't wait to find out more thing it can do. I won't be suprised if it can make dinner tonight.