HTC Aria vs. Palm Pre Plus – Review

by Jerry D on July 21, 2010

Palm launched the Pre with such high hopes, but its pebble-shaped handset has been overtaken by a legion of capable Android phones.

The HTC Aria (a variant of the HTC HD Mini) is aimed at the budget end of the smartphone market. How does it fare against the second generation Pre and its versatile webOS? Let’s make this a good, clean fight…


Let’s consider the wireless options on the two phones. Neither is particularly shabby. The Aria boasts 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR. The Pre Plus features 3G/HSDPA (3.6 Mbps), 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP. The points are shared. (1-1)

Size & Weight:

Compare the two phones side-by-side and the Aria and the Pre Plus measure 104.1 x 58.4 x 11.7mm and 100.5 x 59.5 x 16.9mm respectively. Overall the Pre Plus is the bigger phone. The HTC Aria weighs 115g, while the Pre Plus is 138g. (2-1)



The Aria’s 5.0 MP lens features an array of goodies such as: autofocus, geo-tagging, ‘touch focus’ and VGA video recording. Despite including an LED flash (which the Aria sorely lacks…) plus geo-tagging and VGA video capture, the Pre Plus’s 3.15 Megapixel package loses out in this round. (2-1)


Headlining the HTC Aria is a 3.2-inch touch-sensitive LCD display with a decent (if unspectacular) resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. The Pre Plus’s touch-sensitive LCD screen is only a little bit smaller at 3.1 inches. Like the Aria, the display has a 320 by 480 pixel resolution. Unlike the Aria, it also features a neat, slide-out QWERTY keyboard for faster data entry. (3-1)


How speedy are the two combatants? Let’s see… the HTC Aria is powered by a Qualcomm MSM 7227 processor, clocked at 600MHz. The Pre Plus has a 600MHz ARM Cortex A8 chip. HTC uses Android 2.1 (Eclair) with HTC Sense UI on the Aria; Palm uses Palm webOS on its phone.

While Palm’s software is certainly versatile and its multi-tasking is a boon, Android has the edge in terms of all-round functionality and developer support. Check out the two app stores below… (4-1)

Downloadable apps:


The Pre Plus incorporates 16GB versus the standard 384MB capacity of the Aria. Of course, the Aria also has a microSD interface, which can extend the overall capacity to 32GB. The Pre Plus is missing an expansion slot and so the phone is restricted to its 16GB of storage. Is that enough for music, video, photos and apps? Maybe. But you’d rather have the 32GB right? (5-1)

Battery life:

What about talktime and battery life? HTC claims 6.0 hours of talktime for the Aria, compared to a lowly 4.0 hours for the Pre Plus. Standby times are 372 hours and 350 hours respectively. The Pre Plus drops the round and the overall score is looking like a thrashing. (6-1)



As for extra bits and bobs… the HTC Aria also includes a stereo FM radio (with RDS) and GPS/A-GPS sat-nav functionality. The Pre Plus features onboard PowerVR SGX graphics acceleration and GPS/A-GPS. (6-2)

The HTC Aria wins!

htc aria HTC Aria vs. Palm Pre Plus   ReviewThe Aria emerges as the winner of this fight (6-2). Even in its ‘Plus’ incarnation, the Palm Pre’s specification is looking a little lightweight compared to the Aria.

Android is easily the most versatile OS with a huge range of downloadable apps that it increasing all the time. The HTC phone also has the best camera (despite the lack of an LED flash), plus it’s also the thinnest and the lightest of the two cell phones. As the score proves, the Aria is the better choice.

Do you agree with the outcome of this fight? Leave us a comment below now…

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