Updated on:Sep 20, 2014
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The first Facebook Phone
HTC First possesses a world class S-LCD 3 Capacitive Multi-Touch display of 4.3-inch exhibiting an incredible clarity. Running on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, this smartphone features a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels along with a pixel density of 341 ppi.
HTC First gets powered with a massively powerful 1.4Ghz Dual-Core Krait Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Processor coupled with 1GB of LP DDR2 RAM. This superb configuration assures the device to be unbeatable by its competitors.
HTC First boasts a 5MP Rear Camera with BSI Sensor and Full HD video recording features along with a 1.6MP Front Camera with ultra-wide angle for video calling.
Connectivity and Battery
On the connectivity front, HTC First includes 4G LTE, 3G, GPS with A-GPS, Glonass, Bluetooth, WiFi, Micro USB and NFC as its features. It has been fueled with a 2000 mAh battery.
HTC First is totally a social network device which makes update, posts comments and a lot more with a single touch with its Live Facebook Home Stream features. Thus, it is a perfect buying option in today’s scenario when almost everyone stays glued to social networking sites. However, if not very much demanding about Facebook feature, then one may also consider the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Nokia Lumia 920 for such a processor.
Overall Expert Rating (3.6 Out of 5 based on 10 ratings)
Because of its small size, the First is a pleasure to hold. It nestles comfortably in one hand in a way that few popular Android phones do these days. More so than the iPhone 5, too, thanks in large part to its rounded edges and corners. It\'s about 0.35 inches thick, which doesn\'t put it into the world of crazy-thin phones, but neither is it chunky. Actually, looking at the physical design of the First, it\'s impossible not to point out straigh...
Pros: You can use it one-handed Great display Stock Android
Cons: Camera is sub-par Facebook Home feels unfinished Not super fast
Announced alongside the Facebook Home launcher, the HTC First for AT&T is the first smartphone to feature the social network`s Android add-on out of the box. Launching a dedicated "Facebook phone" isn`t an unfamiliar affair for HTC - back in 2011, the Taiwanese manufacturer released the Salsa and ChaCha duo of entry-level devices. HTC First official photos Facebook Home aside, the HTC First features a spec sheet, mostly taken from last year`s top...
Verdict: There`s a lot more to the HTC First than Facebook Home. With solid build quality, minimalist looks, pocket-friendly size, and capable hardware, the handset is arguably the most appealing mid-range Android smartphone at the moment. We were most surpri...
Let`s just get this out of the way: The most notable thing about the HTC First is that it`s the debut handset to come with Facebook Home already installed, a start screen replacement that draws you directly into the center of your Facebook world....
Pros: As Facebook Home`s debut handset, the HTC First delivers the social network`s complete Android skin experience, along with Android 4.1 functionality at an affordable price. Android purists seeking a stock OS can get it by disabling Facebook Home.
Cons: Without Facebook Home, the First is a forgettable handset, from midrange camera hardware to its utilitarian design. It lacks a removable battery and microSD slot.
Verdict: Facebook fanatics -- and, weirdly, Android purists -- looking for a functional Android phone will enjoy the HTC First. Everyone else can move along....
There are few things in the mobile industry that have been constant over the last few years, but one that has is the rumor of a mythical "Facebook Phone." The idea of a phone that could only interact with people and services around Facebook didn't make a whole lot of sense to most people -- and apparently it didn't make much sense to Facebook itself either. Because rather than a proper Facebook Phone, at a press conference...
Pros: You just can't beat the quality of HTC's recent screens, especially at such a high pixel density. The First is a refreshing step down to a form factor you can actually operate in one hand, and the understated industrial design looks great to
Cons: Facebook Home just isn't going to work long-term for a vast majority of users, and it's a relief that it can be turned off. The speaker and vibration motor quality remind you that some corners were cut to save costs on the hardware. We can live wi
Verdict: Considering that Facebook Home can be completely disabled, the HTC First may be the decently -spec'd 4.3-inch device that many users have been clamoring for. But if the improved ergonomics of a smaller device aren't a driving factor in y...
Update: AT&T has dropped the price of the HTC First. With two-year contract, the phone is now just $0.99 cents. Call Facebook ubiquitous and you`re understating your case. Unlock any random smartphone and you`re guaranteed to find a little blue F icon waiting on the home screen. Facebook is so big, so everywhere, so omnipresent that it`s already on everyone`s phone, but apparently that`s not enough for the sharing mogul. Now Facebook has deci...
Pros: Finally, a 4.3-inch LTE-capable stock Android phone, Solid, durable construction with a good screen, There`s stock Jelly Bean under Facebook Home, Chat Heads are fun and functional,
Cons: Facebook Home is a glorified screensaver, Below average camera, Variable battery performance, No removable storage or battery, The Facebook phone needs a dedicated camera button,
Verdict: The HTC First is a good phone, but not for any of the reasons being highlighted in its marketing. It`s compact, durable and has great LTE service from AT&T. Sans Facebook Home, it`s exactly the type of device we wish we`d see more often....