HTC First With Facebook Home Review

Design and Build Quality

If you’ve spent much time with any of today’s high-end Android smartphones, the first thing you’ll notice when you pick up the HTC First is its size. It feels considerably smaller than many of today’s popular high-end Android smartphones that feature relatively large screens such as Samsung’s Galaxy SIII or Note II. That said, the phone still has a very nice 4.3-inch screen that supports a resolution of 1280x720 and packs 341 pixels per inch.

In terms of size, the HTC First measures 4.96 x 2.56 x 0.35 inches and weighs 4.37 ounces, making it slightly larger and heavier than Apple’s iPhone 5 but smaller and lighter than Samsung’s Galaxy SIII. For a quick comparison, here’s how they compare:

Apple iPhone 5
HTC First
Galaxy SIII
Height (inches)
Width (inches)
Depth (inches)
Weight (ounces)
(1136 x 640)
(1280 x 720)

The exterior of the HTC First features a soft finish that wraps around the rounded edges of the phone. The First has a shiny black front that tends to attract fingerprints, but it’s no worse than other phones we’ve seen. Below the screen, you’ll find Back, Home, and Menu buttons. The front-facing 1.6 megapixel camera resides in the upper left corner of the front of the smartphone. 

On the left edge of the HTC First, you’ll find the volume rocker. The right edge of the phone houses the microUSB port and microSIM card tray. You’ll find the power button and a 3.5mm headset jack on the top edge of the phone.


When you flip the phone over, you’ll see the rear-facing 5 megapixel camera and LED flash in the upper left corner as well as a HTC logo, Facebook logo, and AT&T logo at the bottom.

In examining the phone, you’ll notice it doesn’t have a removable back plate. Thus, the battery is integrated and cannot be replaced by the user. Also, there is no microSD card slot so the 16GB of integrated storage is all you get.

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