The HTC Status: An Answer To The Question No One Asked
The HTC Status, the first Facebook branded phone, is great as a concept, but less great in reality. People use handsets less as phones and more as social aggregators so why not make a more social phone that pulls all of your existing networks out of the cloud and into one niffty device? A phone that with one click instantly connects you to Facebook?
The thing is, almost every smartphone shipping today is that phone.
Every modern Android, Web OS, iOS, Windows Phone 7 and even Blackberry handsets include deep social integration and do so very successfully. After a quick perusal of the Status at an AT&T store, you would notice that while the Gingerbread-running device was remarkably upscale for it’s low introductory price ($49.99 on contract here), the small screen and low pixel count makes everything--with exception to simple status updates--almost unreadable.
Engadget’s hands on by Dana Wollman solicited a similar response.
“Even after spending a few minutes playing with the Status, we still, for the life of us, couldn't understand what it was doing with such a diminutive display,” said Wollman.
The Status is, at its core, a gimmick. This phone isn’t marketed to people interested in the latest and greatest feature set; This phone is marketed to those who desperately need a Facebook fix and aren’t willing to research other options.
Is the HTC Status a good phone? Yes. Should you buy one? Maybe. For the price, the generous keyboard can’t be beat and it runs Android 2.3. But apart from a small Facebook button on the bottom right corner of the handset, the Status is hardly recognizable as anything but a vertically-oriented QWERTY smartphone. If you are looking for a dependable, cheap smartphone and can’t be troubled to pick up the Facebook application in its app store, the HTC Status is for you.
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