HTC Status Review8
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.