Updated 24 May, 2013, 7:53 pm IST
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Facebook Phone - HTC ChaCha Review (Status)
Facebook Phone - HTC ChaCha Review (Status) My Review of the HTC ChaCha, or as it's known in the US, The HTC Status. This phone is also well known as being one of two 'Facebook Phones', offering a dedicated Facebook button. -- Written Review http //d3enterpris.es/2011/07/htc-status-review/ -- ★ Twitter http //twitter.com/ZeTutorials ★ Google+: gplus.to/ZeTutorials ★ FaceBook http //facebook.com/ZeTutorialsFan ★ Subscribe http //bit.ly/Subscribe ZeTutorials -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Here is what I said in written form for those who complain about my accent :P This Android mid-range smartphone is running 2.3 Gingerbread with the HTC Sense overlay, which I quite like as you get some pre-installed apps such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook Chat etc. Obviously, since this is 'The FaceBook Phone', the main feature that differentiates it from other smartphone's is this dedicated facebook button. When I first received the phone, I was very skeptical about the butto n itself, but to be fair, it defiantly works, and it works very well. Basically it allows you to post to your wall at any time, no matter what App or what page your on. However, is it practical? For me, No. But then again, I'm not the best judge since I don't use Facebook too extensively. However, if you are obsessed with FaceBook and constantly updating your status every 10 minutes, #1; don't add me as a friend, and #2 you will like this feature. On to the phone itself, it has a 2.6" touchscreen display running @ a 480 by 320 resolution, that at first I thought would be too small, but surprisingly I didn't encounter any real problems except for when browsing the web. Of course, the phone is not the best at that with such small screen, but it didn't bother me too much since I mainly use dedicated Apps. In terms of Apps, most major apps have no problems, as you can see with Angy Birds right here, that fits on the 2.6" screen quite well, but others are 'portrait only apps' and therefore, feel squashed. Being honest, I would have liked a larger screen, since there is all this unused space, but then again, it is a mid-range smartphone, and the screen does the job it's intended to do. Down at the bottom, we have a full QWERTY keyboard. And If I turn the phone to the side you can see the buttons are slightly raised and the phone itself is curved, giving a nice typing angle. After some getting used to, I didn't experience any problems with the keyboard and found typing to be a breeze. If I turn the phone to the rear you can see its booty and a 5 mega-pixel camera with flash and auto-focus. I found the camera to shoot some nice stills and the auto focus worked quite well, snapping onto it's target quickly. This camera can also capture video, however it is not HD and shoots in standard definition @ 480p. All in all, quality look quite good, especially in the always sunny weather of Ireland. It also has a front facing VGA camera for Skype calls ect. In terms of processor it is clocked to 800 MHz with 512 MB of RAM, which I found zippy and very responsive, so speed wise, there was no problems. Included with the phone, you also get a 2GB Micro SD card that can be expanded to 32GB if you so wish. One of the things I was most impressed with from the ChaCha was its build quality. It is strong and sturdy which is very important to me when choosing a new mobile device. Overall, I have to say that I am impressed with the HTC ChaCha. With good build quality, nice specs and running Gingerbread, it's a safe purchase. In the US, you can get it from AT&T on a 2 year contract for only $49. With Ireland's Three, the phone is free on an 18 month Bill Pay contract. And with Vodafone UK, you can get the phone for free on a two year bill-pay plan.