The main attraction of the HTC First is the fact that it’s the first phone to ship with Facebook Home preinstalled. The phone also comes pre-loaded with Instagram. For heavy social network users, these features may be important.
Facebook Home provides some unique and cool features that you won’t get elsewhere. Cover Feed puts news from the people you care about front and center on the phone. Chat Heads provides an easy way to message people while also using other apps on the phone. The App Launcher isn’t anything revolutionary, but it gets the job done.
While the HTC First isn’t going to compete with high-end smartphones in terms of specifications, it doesn’t have the same high-end price tag. The phone is currently available for about $100 from AT&T and it comes in four colors.
While we were unimpressed by the First’s camera, we also have to keep in mind that this smartphone carries a price that’s significantly lower than today’s top-end phones. Given this, you have to expect some sacrifices. One of those sacrifices in this phone is the camera. Two additional sacrifices are the lack of a microSD card slot and user replaceable battery.
In real world use, the HTC First was responsive and offered respectable performance as well as speedy browsing capabilities on the go thanks to connectivity to AT&T’s 4G LTE network. It’s also a very pocketable phone with a vibrant and colorful display. If you're a heavy Facebook user in the market for a new, affordable smartphone, and like the features offered by Facebook Home and the HTC First, it's a sleek, well build device worth checking out.