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Hands on: First Facebook smartphone..from HTC

The HTC Status AKA HTC ChaCha is a cute little phone. Under the hood is a Qualcomm MSM7227 Turbo SoC with an 800MHz CPU and an Adreno 200 GPU. There’s 512MB of memory, WiFi (up to 802.11n), mobile hotspot functionality, Bluetooth 3.0, AGPS, and FM radio, along with a compass, accelerometer, and proximity and ambient light sensors. As well there is an SD card slot under the somewhat pedestrian 1250 mAH battery.

The Status has a nice weight and is surprisingly thin. The phone has a top to bottom curve that puts the keyboard at a good angle for typing. 

This is one of the few Android phones to feature a Blackberry style QWERTY keyboard. That really appealed to family friend Nikki, a Blackberry user.

The Status is loaded with HTC’s latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system so, despite the low end processor performance is excellent

The bright screen features a slight departure from HTC’s excellent Sense interface..the weather under the clock is replaced by a little window that displays the latest from Twitter or Facebook.

Tie that in with the little blue button at the bottom of the keyboard..a direct link to Facebook and you have a killer phone for a certain demographic..like Nikki.

So if you are a plugged in teenager this is the phone for you especially for a current Blackberry user who wants in to the versatile world of Android apps. The HTC Status, exclusive to Telus Mobility is $29.99 with a 3 year term and $249.99 with no term.

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

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