HTC Status Review
With the HTC Sense 2.1 user interface re-oriented for the landscape screen, the HTC Status contains a host of device specific peculiarities. Starting with the positive, the lock screen is actually borrowed from HTC Sense 3.0, as you can set four shortcuts to access directly from it, though no live updates are visible on the lock screen. 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 the first out of the 7 homescreens. So if you are on screen seven for example, you would need to return to screen one to get to the apps drawer. Alternatively, you can access it through the capacitive 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 a nice selection of HTC Sense widgets on board, as well as 5 different scene modes and 2 desktop skins, which add plenty of customization to the Android experience.
Facebook integration on the HTC Status is in the form of the dedicated Facebook button and the Chat app. When the button is pressed, it interacts with whatever's going on on the screen, and pushes it to Facebook. When you’re in the main desktop homescreen, short press the Facebook button to update your wall or long press it 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, and when you’re 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 an image in a single step. One element that stands out about the Facebook integration is that it easily allows contacts to be tagged in images.
The implementation of the Chat app is quite good and is one of the high points of the phone’s Facebook integration, as coupling the app with the QWERTY keyboard makes it incredibly easy to start gossiping away with friends. The Facebook Chat comes in the form of a desktop widget that sits on your homescreen listing all your available contacts, or you can open the application to manage all conversations at once.
Running on Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, the HTC Status comes with all the additional software and features you’d expect from a smartphone, such as a calendar where you can save and view events, calculator, world clock, email, and Google Maps with Navigation. AT&T adds a few of their own apps, including Code Scanner for UPC and QR scanning, Family Map that displays your family member’s phones on a map, AT&T Navigation and U-Verse LiveTV, both of which are subscription services.
Camera and Multimedia:
For a low-priced phone, the HTC Status does quite well with its 5MP autofocus camera. Images that we took outside on a sunny Florida day were sharp, in-focus, and produced relatively good color accuracy, through some images did show a tendency to be over-exposed, as bight areas were washed-out. Inside pictures looked fine, as long as there was plenty of light, but using the flash in a dark room doesn’t turn out so great. Videos can be recorded up to 720x480 resolution, but they look a bit choppy at only 22 frames per second, so don’t expect to use it to film your next vacation.
HTC Status Sample Video:
For playing back your own ripped videos, you are limited to 3GP and MPEG 4 H.264/263 formats, as DivX and XviD are not supported. We could play our own MPEG4 videos up to 800x480 resolution without problem, but higher resolution videos would not play.
You also have HTC's nicely laid out music app and desktop widget on board, though there are no extra perks like an equalizer or DLNA connectivity. Audio quality is pretty good though the wired headphone jack or when using a Bluetooth stereo headset; not so good with the small built-in speaker on the back on the phone.
Internet and Connectivity:
The HTC Status supports GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/900 MHz bands), 3G UMTS/HSDPA (850/1900 MHz), as well as Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 connections.
Navigating around websites is a little cramped due to the small display, but fortunately having HVGA resolution means that most content looks good, but small text will require you to zoom-in to make it readable. There are also directional arrow keys on the bottom right of the QWERTY keyboard if you want to bypass using the screen. Multi-touch works well and pages load up quickly, with text being reformatted to fit the page.
We used the Speedtest.net app to measure our connection to the closest service in Miami and got a nice download speed of 4.53 Mbps, but the upload speed was limited to only 0.34 Mbps, and the ping time was quite long at 504 ms.
For acquiring a GPS lock, such as when using the Google Maps app, it took a reasonable 8 seconds, which is faster than some more expensive phones.
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