HTC First With Facebook Home Review

Introduction And Specifications

For many users, smartphones are tools that are more about the software and user experience than the hardware. Of course, you still need adequate hardware and smooth performance to ensure a good experience, but beyond that, there are plenty of users who are attracted more to software and easy-to-use features than anything else.

As the first phone to ship with Facebook Home preinstalled, the new HTC First smartphone is hoping to attract users who care most about the Facebook experience on their phones. Facebook Home is deeply integrated with Android. With Facebook Home, you’ll see notifications, Facebook status updates, photos, messages, and more directly from the phone’s home screen. You’ll also get additional functionality such as Chat Heads and an App Launcher. Recognizing the social experience on a phone is a key feature, HTC also loaded the First with Instagram.

In terms of hardware, the HTC First features middling specifications. You’ll find a 1.4GHz dual core Qualcomm 8930AA processor as well as 1GB of RAM inside this phone. The First features 16GB of onboard storage and lacks a microSD card slot. You can pick up the HTC First exclusively from AT&T for about $100 with a contract. The phone is available in four colors: black, white, red, and pale blue.

Before we dive into the full hands-on review, let’s take a closer look at the specifications of the HTC First:

HTC First
Specifications & Features
Processor and memory
Qualcomm 8930AA, dual core 1.4 GHz
16GB storage

Operating System
Android 4.1
Facebook Home

UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz
GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
LTE: 700/1700/2100 MHz
Internal GPS antenna + GLONASS
Digital compass
NFC capable
Bluetooth 4.0 BLE
Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n

Ports and expansion
3.5 mm stereo audio jack
micro-USB 2.0

4.3 inch, HD 1280x720, 341 PPI
Size and weight
4.96 x 2.56 x 0.35 inches
4.37 ounces

Cameras and multimedia
5 MP
BSI sensor
F2.0 aperture and 28 mm lens
1080p Full HD video recording
Front Camera: 1.6 MP BSI front camera (ultrawide angle)

Facebook Home
Facebook Messenger
Google Talk
Google+ Messenger

2000 mAh Embedded Li-polymer
Up to 14.3 hours talk time
Up to 18.2 days standby time

$99.99 with contract
Color options: black, white, red, pale blue


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