The HTC Status is the perfect smartphone for those social media savvy users with its dedicated Facebook Share button. Top that with a 5 megapixel camera, Android's Candy Bar OS and 512 MB of RAM, this $49.99 phone could be an affordable option for you. Find out what Kevin Pereira and Candace Bailey rate this smartphone.
What You Need to Know
- The touch screen is pretty small, but that is to make room for the ample sized QWERTY keyboard.
- It's got a slight curve in it, so it feels really good in your hands.
- It doesn’t feel cheep and buttons are all where you expect to find them.
- It makes web browsing feel really crowded.
- The keyboard took some time to get use to; it is spread out but if you have big thumbs typing can still feel cramped.
- The Facebook share button is pretty good.
- The button will actually light up whenever you have something on the screen that the phone thinks you should share.
- Bring up pictures or even just take a picture and that button will light up blue telling you it's time to impress your internet friends.
- It also lights up when you navigate to a website that has Facebook integration.
- When you hit the button it brings you right to a status update.
- It’s extremely easy and if you are a tween and Facebook is the most important thing to you then this is definitely the best Facebook integration you can get.
- The camera is as good as can be expected.
- The exposure is even, but colors looked a little flat.
- The front facing camera is VGA, so it's as good as it can be.
- There's even a shortcut for the front facing camera with a mirror icon, so you can see yourself squinting at the tiny screen.
- The phone run's the Android Candy Bar OS, which is very smooth as it's not the most demanding Android platform.
- It has an 800 MHz processor, so it handles it well.
- It's very customizable and features your choice of widgets on the home screen.
- We really liked the ability to jump right to an app from the home screen by sliding the icon.
- Dialing was a bit cumbersome with the QWERTY pad doubling as a number pad.
- Reception was pretty good though.
- It made calls where the iPhone wouldn't and the receiver sounded nice and loud as did the speaker phone.
- $49.99 with a contract
- 3 Seals of Approval Out of 5 (How do we rate gadgets?)
- If Facebook is the most important thing to you then this phone is great.
- The screen is small so apps and web browsing always look cramped.
- It has a nice big keyboard if you have normal sized hands.??Overall though, this is a descent phone.
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