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printed October 1, 2014
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Review: HTC Status

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Music

The Status's music player is pretty much the stock Android player. It has been slightly reconfigured to better work on the Status's display, but other than that, the features and functionality remain unchanged. Music played back through the Status was clean and present.

Interested in purchasing music from the handset? AT&T has a music shop app on board. It is clunky to use, and somewhat slow, in my opinion. The Status also has HTC's nice FM radio application. It must be used with headphones, but works well at finding local stations.

If you're looking for more than these apps, you'll have to download them yourself from the Android Market.

 

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Video

The Status includes the stock Android video player application and stock YouTube application. The video player app will play both sideloaded content and the video content captured by the Status's video camera. It works well, but doesn't offer much in the way of advanced features.

The Status also has AT&T's Live TV application. This is a streaming service that can be used for snacking on short video clips. In my tests of it, playback was a bit choppy over AT&T's 3G network.

In my opinion, the Status is not a great device for consuming video. I mean, sure, it's fine for watching a YouTube video here and there, but watching movies? No way. The screen is just way too small. Movies are so tiny on the screen that it is some times hard to really see what's going on. If you're a mobile movie fanatic, I'd highly suggest a different device.

 

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