The HTC Aria in pictures
It’s been called the Intruder and it’s been called the Liberty. It’s the HTC Aria and it’s incredibly cute!
Think of the Aria as a Nexus One/Desire/Incredible redux. It’s smaller and lighter, with a smaller screen (3.2″, 480×320 pixels) and a slower processor. Read on…
Despite being scaled down, the Aria remains snappy and usable, thanks in part to Android 2.1 with Sense UI – in fact, I think it represents the first decent Android phone on AT&T.
On the other hand, while the 5 megapixel camera (with autofocus but no flash) is quite nice, video recording (VGA) is rather poor. The 3G radio is only dual band (850/1900 MHz), which is unfortunate.
But the most significant problem with the Aria is that AT&T continues to block side-loading on its Android devices for no good reason.
Ultimately, none of this matters – after seeing the Aria in person you will be so completely mesmerized by its cuteness, especially the yellow innards, that you will just want one. Trust me :)
Not convinced? Take a look at my pictures (slide show) and video:
Thanks to the lovely folks at AT&T for supplying this review unit.
i agree with you bout that cute looking..
but with a slower performance, it makes me think twice..
That’s the thing… It doesn’t feel slower despite the lower specs!
Nice little phone. Nice review. Thanks!
Will this phone eventually get Froyo? The only reason I haven’t pulled the trigger and picked up an Aria is because I don’t wanna get left behind :(
HTC phones have a better track record at bieng updated to the latest version of Android than any other devices, and have a strong homebrew community, so yes.
Ok thats good to know.. one more question though. Will the phone begin to run slow when apps are installed? There’s only about 5 apps that I’ll download but this phone doesn’t have a lot of internal memory
I have more than 5 apps installed and everything is still snappy – I suppose it depends on the apps :)
For the headphones that came with the Aria do they sometime not work for no apparent reason??
No problems here! Then again, I never use the earbuds included with phones because they are usually poor. I use Etymotic’s HF2 or ER4S…
That being said, if they are not working, try some other earbuds or headphones to make sure it’s not a problem with the device itself.
Oh ok, and how do you turn off HTC Sense?
Don’t know off hand how to disable HTC Sense – it’s not a simple switch. Search the XDA forums.
I dont have any other avaiable headphones so im not sure where to place the blame. But whenever i try to play music or doanything with sound the headphones dont work. But when i go to settings and mess around with the volume i can hear that.=\
No idea… Borrow some headphones form a friend – any standard 3.5 mm 3-prong model will do!
Also make sure the media volume is turned up – it’s separate form the notification volume :)
That yellow inside reminds me of the Gameboy Color. It made me very nostalgic. Thinking of getting the Aria, it’s free on Amazon w/ new agreement or $50 if you’re eligible for updgrade.
I’m back! Lol but IF, and hopefully it does, the Aria gets Froyo will it be over the air or will I have to download it off the HTC website?
OTA, most likely.
mine is also htc aria but i don’t know why it was android 2.2