Specs summary


The HTC First's screen is 4.3 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm MSM8930AA Dual core 1.4 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.

16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2000 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 18.2 days standby time, 858 minutes (2G), 751 minutes (3G), 399 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

As someone who sporadically uses Facebook, the HTC First has zero appeal to me as a "Facebook phone."

- Andrew Kameka , MobileBurn 

Decorates Home with extra alerts but a shabby camera

- Josh Constine , TechCrunch 

Reviews summary

Based on 21 reviews

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

from Phonedog
I'd recommend the First to a select group of interested parties, but I think the First misses its mark as a widespread, national hit. There are just better options, all of which can use Facebook Home as well. The First doesn't do anything exceptionally well, but the price tag doesn't warrant that need, either. At least, not anymore... Full review
Daily Mobile

Great device stuck with an image issue

from Daily Mobile
The HTC First is a great mid-range device once you shut off the Facebook Home launcher. The screen is brilliant, the device feels great in hand, and the dual core processor runs all your apps smoothly without killing your battery. This device is either for the average user who is looking for a great everyday device or a lower priced Android pure device for tech geeks... Full review

Great size and solid construction with beautiful display

from DroidDog

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

from MobileBurn

"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

Android Authority

For the type of person who thinks that Facebook is the most important part of the internet

from Android Authority
Basically, if you're the type of person who thinks that Facebook is the most important part of the internet or, well, anything, the HTC First might be worth a look. For the rest of us, it's more difficult. The fact that the First runs stock Jelly Bean makes it very attractive to those of us who like our Android as pure as possible, but it's not exactly like you're getting a Nexus... Full review
Tech Advisor

A low-price make the HTC First the ideal phone for Facebook fans on a budget

from Tech Advisor
Aside from its low price tag, the First's other big selling point is its deep integration with Facebook Home. Facebook Home is available for download on a handful of other Android handsets, but HTC worked closely with Facebook to optimize the launcher for the First. Notifications from third-party apps show up on the home screen alongside Facebook notifications, and the app ran surprisingly well on the First's dual-core 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor... Full review

Its hardware is beautifully minimal and the overall user experience is great

from Pocketnow
Is the HTC First the most impressive and amazing phone to ever pass through our hands? Not by a long shot. Is it the most memorable? Hardly. But neither of those two things make it a bad device. In fact, we’re keen on many aspects of the First. It’s much larger (metaphorically) than just another mid-tier Android phone. It signifies the demise of the importance of spec sheets (and hopefully, eventually, unnecessary and futile spec wars). And it comes with software options: the full-on Facebook Home experience or an unadulterated stock Android experience... Full review
Business Insider

The HTC First is the first real Facebook phone

from Business Insider
Do you like Facebook? I mean, do you really, really like Facebook? Do you like Facebook so much that it's pretty much all you want to see when you turn on your phone? If yes, you should buy the HTC First. If not, or you're not quite sure, you're better off with a normal Android phone.  .. Full review

Solid build quality, minimalist looks, pocket-friendly size, and capable hardware

from GSMArena
There is hardly a smartphone, which matches the HTC First's talents completely. The so-called "Facebook phone", despite some of its limitations, is a perfect fit for anyone who thinks that an Android smartphone with a screen larger than 4.5" is going too far. It is therefore, the sidekick, which perfectly complements the HTC One flagship... Full review
Chip Chick

A phone for Facebook addicts only

from Chip Chick
In a world crowded with way too many Android smartphone choices, it’s nice that HTC has come out with a phone that has an emphasis less on specs and more on how it integrates with your lifestyle. Overall, we think the HTC First is a good choice for mid-range smartphone and that it could be the ultimate choice for Facebook addicts, but it’s certainly not for everyone... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date April 12, 2013
Regions available USA, United Kingdom
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
1900 MHz
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8930AA Dual core 1.4 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.92 W/kg
Body: 1.45 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 603 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 399 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
858 minutes (2G)
751 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 18.2 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Pale Blue, Red, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.6 x 6.5 x 0.9 cm
(5 x 2.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 124 grams
(4.4 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density 341 pixels
Size 4.3 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Chrome
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots No
Expansion Slots Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 4x digital
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Panorama, White balance, Exposure, Scene mode
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution 1+ megapixels
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Instagram, YouTube)
Included Software / Apps No
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