HTC First, Facebook At Its Finest


HTC First

As you might have noticed, Facebook managed to seduce everybody nowadays, from 8 year olds (unfortunately) to some old timers and I’ve actually observed that even my girlfriend’s cat seems to be very interested about it too sometimes, I hope it doesn’t start meowing about getting its own profile or something. So, if you’re a Facebook addict and spend a few hours a day browsing it, you’ll be thrilled about the HTC First, the first phone in the whole wide world actually dedicated to Facebook Home, an application made for enhancing your social-networking experience when using your droid. Unlike other Facebook apps, this one is in charge of the HTC First, being deeply integrated in its system, but it doesn’t trespass Android’s property when it’s not being used, meaning you’ll have a nice user experience while also being able to keep in touch with Facebook way easier than before.
Even if it’s hardly breaking news (HTC First was launched a few years ago, back in 2012), this smartphone would be very appealing to those of you who regard Facebook as your second life. And I’m not referring to the game either.
Obviously, there’s more about this droid than a dedicated Facebook button and app, so let’s take a deep breath and see what’s what and what’s not, shall we?
The HTC First measures 126 x 65 x 8.9 mm and has a weight of 123.9 g, so it’s very easy to manage with one hand and slips easy in your pockets. It has a simplistic design and is made from polycarbonate, offering a solidly build yet handsome body. It comes in four colors – black, white, red and blue, so it’ll please both serious cats and people who desire a more youthful appearance.
The frontal part of the body is dominated by a 4.3 inches Super LCD capacitive touchscreen that has a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, a 342 pixel density and Corning Gorilla Glass protection. It offers some great viewing angles and you won’t be having any problems using your phone under direct sunlight either, as it offers a wonderful image quality both indoors and outdoors.
The HTC First comes loaded with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and features the famous Facebook Home launcher, which enables you to have instant access to your Facebook related stuff, such as notifications, messages, friends’ updates and so on. The Facebook chat is the most important features implemented by Facebook Home and you’ll surely appreciate its usability and the way it has been incorporated.
The smartphone also offers the Google Now feature, a great assistant that not only serves as a great listener and obedient helper, but is also some kind of a profiler, learning a lot from your habits and behaviour when browsing your phone, so it’ll know what to display to fit your daily schedule and preferences. Kinda cool, huh? Yet a little bit creepy, if you ask me.
The HTC First comes equipped with a Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdragon 40 chipset, holding a dual-core 1.4 GHz Krait processor, Adreno 305 GPU, 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage, which isn’t expandable, but I think it’s quite enough for the regular smartphone user. The user experience is really nice, as the phone is quite a performer and doesn’t bother you with issues of any kinds. Freezes and lag are out of the question.
The HTC First comes with a 5 MP autofocus snapper that takes pictures at a maximum resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels and has a LED flash. Though it may disappoint some of you for its lack of megapixels, I assure you that the phone’s camera is more than decent.
The video camera is also capable, producing 1080p videos at 30 fps. The phone also has a 1.6 MP front facing camera.
The HTC First is also good for surfing the web, having the great Google Chrome, so browsing around web will be a pleasant experience.
For listening to music, you have the standard Music player that offers, among others, an equalizer and, if plugging in your headphones, the Bass Boost and 3D effect sliders. The audio quality is great with or without your headset plugged in.
The phone is also good for watching movies, as it knows a thing or two about managing popular formats such as DivX and XviD.
Well, I guess this concludes my review about the new HTC First and I hope I’ve offered you a good overview about it. If you’re a Facebook junkie like myself, you’ll surely love this gadget and enjoy its other features, as it’s been packed with a lot and all these offerings are available for a tiny amount of money.

HTC First Facebook At Its Finest


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