HTC Status Smartphone Review

Posted: September 14, 2011
HTC Status Smartphone Review

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.
  • Its 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

Overall Rating

  • 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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Comments are Closed

  • ajac09

    worst phone on AT&T/ Period. Limited memory keeps it from being a decent phone even just for facebook 1 out of 5

    Posted: January 22, 2012 5:36 AM
  • Valiant1991

    Absolutely not. Why buy a smart phone based on one large feature when you can get a better phone (iPhone 3GS) with much better features?

    Posted: September 17, 2011 2:29 PM