- Andrew Kameka , MobileBurn
As someone who sporadically uses Facebook, the HTC First has zero appeal to me as a "Facebook phone."
- Josh Constine , TechCrunch
Decorates Home with extra alerts but a shabby camera
Releasing a dedicated “Facebook phone” isn’t entirely new to HTC but the HTC First is definitely the first smartphone to come with the Facebook Home Launcher. According to Steve Kovach of Business Insider, “You can argue about technicalities all you want, but the HTC First is the first real Facebook phone.”
For those unfamiliar with the “Home” feature, think of it as a visual slideshow of status updates and photos from your Facebook news feed. This Facebook “in your face” experience will appeal to some but as Armando Rodriguez of PC Advisor put it, “Doing anything that wasn't related to Facebook, such as playing music or browsing for apps, took more effort than it did on other smartphones.”
Note: If you don’t want FB Home, you can turn it off and run the stock Android 4.1, also known as Jelly Bean.
Categorized as a mid-range handset, the First comes with modest hardware but most reviewers report that it still performs smoothly. Unfortunately there is not much storage space for photos or videos and the lack of expandable memory aggravates this. Experts also agreed that the camera was a weak point on the phone, with pictures coming out a bit soft and blurry.
The HTC First is not for everyone, but if want an affordable mid-range smartphone it’s probably a good choice, especially for Facebook addicts.
The Good: Affordable price tag and performs well despite modest specs.
The Bad: Minimal storage with no option to expand and the camera is a letdown.
Reviews (7.4/10 Avg. rating)
The First doesn't do anything exceptionally well, but the price tag doesn't warrant that need, either
Great device stuck with an image issue
Great size and solid construction with beautiful display
In conclusion, I really like the HTC First. I think it’s a great little device at a killer price point. My only hesitation is if it will be updated with the latest in greatest in the long run. You’re signing a 2 year contract. Is the device going to be great for the next 2 years? Is there going to be a new version of Android released and the First will never get to use the new apps developed for the new Android? This is a likely scenario in my opinion. But if you’re not worried about running the latest and greatest, this is a really good Android phone. It’s a great s... Full review
This is definitely a phone that showcases the best Facebook has to offer to smartphones
"Facebook phone" should be considered a misnomer for the HTC First. In reality, it's just another Android phone that runs a different kind of software. The HTC First can disable Home and become a stock, though not current, version of Android that is just as capable as other devices of its ilk.
This is definitely a phone that showcases the best Facebook has to offer to smartphones, but it is not limited to that set-up thankfully. Though Zuck and his cohorts make mistakes that lead to persistent annoyances, they wisely let users reign in some of those features to make for a better pho... Full review
For the type of person who thinks that Facebook is the most important part of the internet
A low-price make the HTC First the ideal phone for Facebook fans on a budget
Its hardware is beautifully minimal and the overall user experience is great
The HTC First is the first real Facebook phone
Solid build quality, minimalist looks, pocket-friendly size, and capable hardware
A phone for Facebook addicts only
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