A Peek at the HTC Status Facebook Phone

The HTC Status, an Android 2.3 phone, is a “Facebook phone.” It looks much like your average smartphone. It has a QWERTY keyboard and a 480 x 320 touchscreen, and has both a standard camera and a front-facing camera. But there’s one little difference: a Facebook button at the bottom, right where your Facebook-loving thumbs can find it. Gizmodo’s review says, “I found myself posting and updating and chatting more just because it was so easy to do so.”

The Facebook button functions differently depending on what you’re doing with the phone: when you’re on a webpage, pushing the button offers you the option to share the link on Facebook; when you’re on your homepage, the button opens up a blank status update ready and waiting for your input. It apparently does location updates when you hold the Facebook button down.

Gizmodo criticizes the phone’s unusual display, which is too small and isn’t standard enough to work with many Android apps. However, they do recommend buying it as an inexpensive Android phone that just happens to have some Facebook shortcuts.

image via [htc.com]

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