HTC ChaCha Review
With HTC Sense 2.1 re-oriented for the landscape screen, the HTC ChaCha contains a host of device specific peculiarities. Starting with the positive, the lock screen borrows from HTC Sense 3.0, as you can set four shortcuts to access directly from it, though no live updates run in the background. Now onto the not so good: for starters, there's no pull down quick settings functionality in the notifications tab, just the standard Android notifications. On top of that, you can only access your apps drawer from one out of the possible 7 homescreens. So if you are on screen five for example, you would need to return to screen one to do so. Alternatively, you can access it through the menu button, but this is still a two click process which we feel should have just been one. Otherwise, the landscape oriented Sense UI operates predictably, with the standard HTC Sense widgets on board which add considerable functionality to the Android experience.
The HTC ChaCha's Facebook integration transpires in the form of the Facebook button and the chat app. When the button is pressed, it interacts with whatever's going on in the background, and pushes it to Facebook. From the homescreen, short press it to update your wall, long press to update your location using Facebook places. In the music app, you can share the track you're listening to straight to your profile with a single click, while in the gallery app, you can send images straight to your wall. The button also acts as a 'Facebook shutter release' for the on-board camera, focusing, shooting and uploading in a single step. One element that stands out about the Facebook integration is the ease with which contacts can be tagged in images, though most other aspects do manage to feel gimmicky.
The chat implementation therefore ends up being the high-point of the HTC ChaCha's Facebook arsenal as coupling the app with the QWERTY keyboard makes it incredibly easy to start gossiping away with friends. Facebook Chat comes in the form of a widget that sits on your homescreen listing all your available contacts. Open the application to manage conversations as well.
Additional software that comes loaded on the HTC ChaCha includes all your usual organizer tools as well as Books oddly enough. We say oddly enough as it performs exceptionally badly on the 2.6 inch screen.
Camera and Multimedia:
The 5MP camera on board appears to be the same as that found on the HTC Salsa, and likewise is a highpoint of the handset. Images deliver good levels of detail, with colour and contrast levels being solid overall. It falls down in high contrast scenarios unfortunately, but at the price-point, is one of the best performers we've come across with a nice sharp macro shots and an LED flash to help with darker situations.
Video capture isn’t as strong, with resolution topping out at 780 x 480 and patchy frame-rates. Video looks passable on the phone's small display but curb expectations if looking to play back captured content on larger displays.
HTC ChaCha Sample Video:
You won't find any additional codec support on the HTC ChaCha, so if you want to play any formats other than MP4s, you'll need to get a codec rich media player from the market. MP4s do nevertheless play back well up to a resolution of 800x480 and if you can handle the screen-size, looks good.
With HTC's music app on board, music playback is very predictable with no perks like DLNA in sight. Audio quality is also pretty good overall though through the headphone jack.
Internet and Connectivity:
Quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G coupled with Wi-Fi will help you keep your HTC ChaCha a click away from Facebook at any given time. On top of internet connectivity, the handset also packs a GPS to help you check-in to your Facebook places, as well as Bluetooth 3.0.
Fingering your way around websites is a little cramped thanks to the small display, but fortunately the HVGA resolution means content looks good and doesn't need to be excessively zoomed in on to make it readable. There are also arrow keys on the QWERTY if you want to bypass using the screen, making our overall impression better than a lot of the QWERTY competition out there. Multi-touch works well and pages load up quickly, with text reflowing to fit the page nicely.
The GPS locked on to our position nice and quickly and worked well, though naturally the small screen doesn't lend itself to ideal GPS use.
1. Henry12 (unregistered) posted on 22 Jun 2011, 09:00 1 2
this can't compete with the greatest qwerty ever Nokia E6.
2. ps (unregistered) posted on 22 Jun 2011, 09:38 1 0
Agreed! When can we see E6 review?
3. JB82 (unregistered) posted on 27 Jun 2011, 20:54 0 0
Unfortunately they screwed up the E6 review giving it a 5.5 when it beats this in every department.
9. ABN (unregistered) posted on 13 Sep 2011, 04:02 0 0
Even in price and touch pad?
5. AKm007 (unregistered) posted on 22 Jul 2011, 09:08 2 0
Are you serious? This beats the nokia E6 in almost all the aspects. lets give a rating out of ten for each feature.
1.design: Nokia E6:9/10. chacha:6/10
4.Camera:nokia E6:7/10.chacha:6/10.(though the E6 has an 8mpx camera, its quality is equal to a 5px camera. And the lack of autofocus is quite a big drawback. especially to business users. The htc chacha has a decent camera enough for a facebook update and the users its pointed at will love it.)
5. Web-browsing:nokia E6:5/10.chacha:8/10.
6.GPS:nokia E6:9/10.HTC chacha:7/10
Total tally:nokia E6:37/50.HTC chacha:43/50.
HTC chacha is the clear winner. That is without adding its main function, the facebook button.
6. shhs (unregistered) posted on 26 Aug 2011, 07:28 0 0
nokia e6 has a better screen longer battery life which is more important !!! htc chacha wont even give u a proper day use !! while nokia e6 will give u a day n half at the least !!
7. roger (unregistered) posted on 02 Sep 2011, 09:15 0 0
guys i wanna take chacha wil it giv full day battery if i put on Nimbuzz full time
8. Adnan Hashmi (unregistered) posted on 12 Sep 2011, 10:21 0 0
Depending either are you using wifi or gprs. what i have observed 12+ hours when using wifi and 8 hours if using GPRS. and it vary as well if you chat it might consume more.
It has low internal memory :( which irritate me alot but overall the handset is good.
10. ABN (unregistered) posted on 13 Sep 2011, 04:05 0 0
Can I use skype in it? Do i have to download it from store? Or skype will be there already?
Android store is free or it will also need to purchase?
11. Sean (unregistered) posted on 16 Sep 2011, 16:17 1 0
The Nokia E6 is crap. I had loads of dust under the screen after one day. Plus the keyboard is terrible on the Nokia cos you have to press the keys in the middle of them otherwise you mis type.
12. Shailee (unregistered) posted on 18 Sep 2011, 08:13 0 0
what to do with it's internal memory? is there any option to expand it?
otherwise the phone is awesome be it shape, color, functions, anything, it rocks, and the main thing it doesn't have Nokia's brand name.
13. JAF (unregistered) posted on 22 Sep 2011, 12:55 0 0
im thinking of getting this phone on my upgrade, should I?
14. dimao (unregistered) posted on 04 Oct 2011, 04:47 0 0
Pls could the map Gps have a voice application.