HTC Status Review
HTC Status, which is available from AT&T. The Status is nearly an exact duplicate of the HTC ChaCha that is sold overseas, as both come with similar hardware, and don’t forget about the handy Facebook button on the front. Thanks to its low price of $49 with a 2-year contract, the HTC Status is a welcome addition for those individuals looking for an Android smartphone with built-in social networking that won’t break the bank.
Included in the retail package is the HTC Status PH06130 smartphone, 1250mAh battery, wall charger with detachable microUSB cable, SanDisk 2GB microSD memory card, and user guides.
The HTC Status fits comfortably in the hand and is remarkably thin at 0.42” and lightweight at 4.32oz. The youthful color scheme of white, silver, and blue may not be for some, but it is refreshing from the deluge of all-black smartphones that can be seen everywhere.
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The display on the Status is just 2.6” in size, which is on the small side, but with its HVGA resolution, images are clear and most text is sharp, except when you use the web browser (more on that later). We can expect that some people will be turned off by its lower than average screen size, especially when other phones sport a 4.3” display, but the HTC Status isn’t a high-end phone for a power-user, as it is designed for the teen-20’s audience. The 2.6” display worked fine when using the HTC Sense user interface, desktop widgets, and the Facebook app. The only real issue arose when using the web browser, as text on web pages is too small to view, thus we had to often zoom in to make the text large enough to read. The screen can also be a bit dark when viewing in direct sunlight, so you may have to shade it with your hand.
Below the display are the four capacitive buttons, send and end button, and a full QWERTY keyboard that is laid out in four rows. They keys do feel a bit small, and larger fingers can easily press down more than one at the same time, so you have to be careful about which letter you want to press. The one thing that we do like about it is that each key is curved up in the center, giving a nice tactile feel, and that they provide a noticeable click response when pressed. At the bottom right is the dedicated Facebook key, which will take you directly to a screen where you can type in your wall post, upload an image from the camera or gallery, and even send a message to a Facebook friend. Located on the left edge of the phone is the one-piece volume rocker, which can be tricky to use if you press near the center.
2. 2461224 (unregistered)
y HTC is always bad with the battery
3. dan_md (Posts: 66; Member since: 19 Oct 2010)
Nice phone... if you want to look like a dork. Reminds me of the olden Alcatel One Touch phones.
4. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)
This is the ***est phone ever made. Who is actually gonna get this?
5. omg (unregistered)
Really? Really!? So, this ugly looking phone whit strange curved design that most likely feel terrible in your pocket is way better than Nokia E6? Nokia E6 stars 5.5 and HTC Status 7.5.. Yep yep..
6. popndad210 (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Mar 2011)
this phone is actually pretty cool. Actually as a man with huge hands the phone is pretty accomodating. I purchased it for $0 with a new contract and am pleasantly pleased with it. The screen is smaller than I'm used to but it's still a solid device. One big complaint is the battery life which seems to be an issue with HTC in general. It's like I'm wondering when the company is going to start using batteries that are equal to or better than their quality of phone overall. As HTC makes a great product it's just let's step it up with the batter juice.
7. justaquickfix (unregistered)
it would be better if the button would glow evertime there was a facebook update. All you would have to do is push the button and it would bring you to the exact update or to your notifications (if there were multiple ones.) I would definitely update more if I had that type of phone.
8. ruchit (unregistered)
i love this cell.. mom i want this celll