HTC First review: Facebook Home Android

posted at 30 April 2013 by Dan


It all started with the HTC ChaCha and Salsa as the first so-called Facebook phones, but they only employed dedicated Facebook buttons for quick access to certain functions. However, HTC now comes to deliver another Facebook phone and, this time, Facebook is involved as a company in itself offering the actual Facebook experience. This makes the HTC First the first phone to offer the real Facebook experience aimed at heavy Facebook users.

But let’s see if this Facebook Home experience is enough to make the First a successful device.

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What is in the box:
- the HTC First phone
- microUSB cable
- Wall Charger
- nano-SIM removal tool
- Quick Start and Warranty Guides

HTC has always been known to deliver great design to its phones, and the HTC First makes no exception with its very compact design and sturdy construction. It sports a rounded bezel for a good grip in the hand, but also a soft touch matte finish, and the 4.3-inch display makes it big enough to enjoy, but not too big or heavy (at 124 gr).The HTC First is available in a wide range of colors, which not too many handsets in its price category can offer.

The usual three capacitive buttons: the Back, Home, and Menu keys will be found along the bottom of the display. The Home button will get you back to the main screen of Facebook Home, but it will also get you back to the standard home screen in case you decide to disable Facebook Home. Functions like accessing the multi-tasking pane and Google Now, can be done by double tapping and long pressing the home button.

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The sizeable 1.6-megapixels front-facing camera capable of shooting 720p video is above the display, while around the edges you will find a power button, volume control, a 3.5mm headset jack, the noise cancelling microphone, microUSB port for charging/data connectivity and nano-SIM slot, which are all pretty responsive.

As we said before, the HTC First comes with a nice 4.3-inch 720 x 1280 S-LCD 3 display with a pixel density of 341 ppi, which delivers good clarity and color reproduction. The outdoor visibility and viewing angles are also more than decent, so we can say that overall, the display is one of the phone’s main attraction points, especially at this low price.

On the back side you will find the 5-megapixels autofocus camera with LED flash capable of 1080p video recording, but there is no access to the battery and no microSD slot.

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