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Review: HTC Status

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The Status uses HTC’s Sense 3.0 software, but a heavily modified version, tailored to the small screen.

The lock screen offers the same Sense 3.0 shortcuts to apps such as the phone, mail, camera, or messages. Grab them and drag them down into the circle to go straight to those applications. Alternately, drag the circle up if you want to go to the home screen.

Out of the box, the home screen packs a lot. It has the typical HTC clock widget at the top, with a small Facebook widget squished below it. This widget displays the latest Facebook status update from your cadre of friends. These two widgets are flanked by six app shortcuts. Last, there is a button to access the main menu and HTC's Sense customization tools. This main home screen feels very cluttered with apps, widgets, and controls and feels too busy. Also, these are all tiny, making it easy to press the wrong one if you're in a hurry. Thankfully, much of it can be altered and/or rearranged with Sense 3.0's settings.

There are five home screen panels active out of the box, but you can add up to two more. The rest of the panels are populated with the usual bunch of HTC widgets, such as FriendStream and Facebook chat.

HTC has modified the main Android app menu. When you dive in, you'll see all your apps in the main menu. There are 12 apps visible and scrolling up or down jumps to a new set of 12 apps. On the right, HTC has added a sliding tool that lets you sort through your apps. Users can customize a list of favorite apps and reach them quickly with this tool rather than scrolling through the multiple pages of apps in the main menu. The main menu can also be heavily edited, viewed in list format, and so on.

The settings tools work as they do on any other Android device.

 

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