Because the HTC Status is a Facebook-centric smartphone, this Wireless and Mobile News Reviews of Reviews is written as a series of Facebook status updates.
Reviews of the HTC Status concur that the keyboard is great while the small screen requires too much scrolling.
Mathew Miller at ZDNET stated that it "feels solid" and worth more than the $50 price tag. The HTC Status can be used in one hand and is suggested for teens who don't mind the screen size and scrolling.
Nicole Lee at CNET noted that the HTC Status is well-made, has a great keyboard, and the Facebook button works well. However, she found the screen hard to read, and the default screen is in landscape.
Mike Issac at Wired found that the HTC Status screams Facebook. The keyboard is great while the screen is difficult to adjust to.
The HTC Status has a dedicated Facebook status button that posts messages to Facebook walls, video/photo for check-ins to Places and instant sharing of music listening.
Facebook content and information is put into clock, dialer, calendar, address book and photo gallery.
The HTC Status also features a Facebook chat app with a front-facing VGA camera that lets you chat while doing other things on the phone.
The HTC Status has a 2.6-inch (480 x 320) touchscreen, GPS. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, memory expandable up to 32GB via a microSD slot, QWERTY keyboard and 5MP camera.
HTC Sense is preloaded with a customizable lock screen, photo special effects and smart ringer (read HTC Sense 3.0 tips). Data or messaging rates apply. Minimum $15 data plan is required.
The Android smartphone, called the HTC Status (formerly known as the HTC ChaCha), has total Facebook integration and goes on sale in stores today from AT&T. It is priced at $49.99 with a two-year contract - just in time for back-to-school shopping. Amazon Wireless sells the HTC Status for one-cent for both new and renewing customers.
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