Review: HTC Status
The Status comes with a fairly large selection of applications, many of which will probably be ignored by most users. AT&T's Code Scan, Family Locator, Navigator, Live TV, myAT&T, ShopMusic, and Yellow Pages are the most useless of the pre-installed apps. The Mirror is useful of you're the vain type. HTC's Hub and Likes apps are also on board, and can be used to snag HTC content and sync with HTC Sense online. I didn't run into any compatibility problems with third-party applications downloaded from the Android Market. They all worked well.
The Status can connect with mono and stereo headsets with no problems. I didn't encounter any issues when pairing different devices, but sound quality was pretty bad. Phone calls were nearly worthless via Bluetooth, though music through stereo Bluetooth headphones fared better. It also supports the ability to pair with computers and other phones and pass files back and forth.
The Status has the same awesome clock found on other Sense devices. The clock that appears on the lock screen can be customized between a dozen different options. Once unlocked, the Status has the standard HTC digital clock plus weather report on the home screen. Good stuff.
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Both AT&T Navigator and Google Maps are installed on the Status out of the box. Both offer voice-guided turn-by-turn directions between points, and can re-route you if you get lost. Google Maps 5 is particularly impressive because it now offers offline use (in case you roam out of network coverage) as well as 3D maps for a limited number of cities. The AT&T Navigator software is very good, but AT&T charges $10 per month to use it.
The Status includes Wi-Fi mobile hotspot, allowing up to five other Wi-Fi devices to connect to the internet via AT&T's network. The software is fairly intuitive and I had no trouble setting up a hotspot and connecting several devices. I'm not sure how useful it will really be, though, as I found performance of the devices connected to it to be pretty slow, even when the Status had a good connection.
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