Hands-On: HTC First
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Apr 4, 2013, 2:23 PM by Eric M. Zeman
The HTC First is an Android smartphone dedicated to Facebook Home. Here is a really quick look at the hardware.
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The HTC First is a mid-range smartphone that focuses on Facebook. It is the first device to ship with Facebook Home, Facebook's new user interface overlay, presintalled. We covered Facebook Home separately here. This is a really quick look at the hardware.
The HTC First is a smallish Android smartphone that's made of plastic. It definitely does not offer the same quality experience that the HTC One does. The First is a mid-range phone, and you can tell. That said, it has really pleasant rounded edges on the sides and top and a smooth skin that makes it very comfortable to hold and use. The materials don't feel cheap, and the phone appears to be assembled well. It is coming in several different colors, but the unit we saw was white. It reminded me very much of EVE from Wall-E.
The screen measure 4.3 inches and has 1280 x 720p resolution. It looks really, really nice on this device. The brightness and contrast are excellent. I was impressed with the display. The smaller screen size also helps keep the otal dimensions of the phone to a minimum. There are three capacitive buttons below the display.
The volume toggle is on the left, and is standard for a device designed by HTC. That means it is a minimalistic strip that you can barely find and offers little travel and feedback. The screen lock button is on the top. HTC did a better job with this button. It is easy to find and has nice travel and feedback. The headphone jack is also on top, and the microUSB port is on the side. There is an ejectable SIM card tray on the right edge of the phone.
The plastic back is plain and simple. The camera and flash are positioned near the top, and the HTC, Facebook, and AT&T logos are next to one another near the bottom. The device has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, and the user interface looked fluid and fast on the demo units on hand.
In all, it is a nice little phone. It's higher in quality than some devices we've seen from other Asian manufacturers (notably Huawei and HTC), but it is definitely not a high-end device.
AT&T and HTC are back with another Facebook phone. The First, with Facebook Home, offers an interesting alternative for those who put a priority on Facebook's brand of social networking.
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