Review: HTC ChaCha

Smart representatives told us that the HTC ChaCha is being targeted by HTC to high school students or the young at heart mainly because it is the unofficial Facebook phone thanks to the dedicated ‘Facebook button’ on the handset.

Yep, this device comes with a full QWERTY keypad and a 2.6 inch Gorilla Glass display with touch capabilities. Yes, that’s a touch screen and a physical QWERTY keypad in one nifty device.

Before we proceed, here’s a quick run down of the phones specifications:

HTC ChaCha
HTC ChaCha in silver

Display Size: 480×320, 2.6 inch Gorilla Glass display.
Internal Memory: 512MB ROM, 512MB RAM
CPU: 800 MHz processor
Primary Camera: 5MP LED Flash
Video Capture: Yes
Secondary Camera: Yes, VGA
Colors: Black, White, Purple

The ChaCha’s build is solid and comfortably fits the palm of your hands. It might be cumbersome for folks like me who have large thumbs to master speed typing on the keypad without making a grammatical and spelling disaster on your posts and messages, but you can get used to it in a short time.

The touch screen capabilities complement the physical keypad well as you can easily navigate the HTC Sense UI with it. Though I found it a bit confusing at first because I’ve never encountered a phone with both touch and physical keypad capabilities before.

So there were times that I trying to navigate using the keypad’s direction keys while trying to type a message on the screen which should have been the other way around.

The HTC ChaCha runs on the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS sporting the exceptional HTC Sense 3.0 UI so it’s a good package altogether. It gives a clear display with crisp and vivid colors you could easily appreciate the 5MP camera that comes with it.

The 2.6inch 480×320 display may feel a bit cramped but it serves the phone’s primary purpose, allowing the user to easily update his or her Facebook wall status or check in to places you’ve just arrived at. All of these made possible because of the dedicated Facebook button which allows you to post photos, videos, music or status updates instantly without having to open the Facebook app itself.

The only downside I found with the HTC ChaCha, well on the test unit loaned to me, was that the p and @ keypad wasn’t working. Hopefully it’s not a bug of one all ChaCha phones as it could seriously turn away users who are looking for a capable phone with great mobile Internet features.

The HTC ChaCha is available exclusively from SMART and it’s free on their Smart Data Plan 1000 or the UNLIMITED Data Plan 1500. You get 100 free sms, free 40 minutes of calls and 100MB of data volume which is enough to let you enjoy updating your Facebook account while on the go.

Note: This review has been reconstructed from the original post that seems to have never been published because of a database error that struck this blog. Visitors coming from RSS readers may get confused so I apologize for the mishap.

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