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.
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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.