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Hands-on with the HTC Status; a cute little Facebook phone

The HTC Status is a small front facing QWERTY keyboard Android smartphone targeted towards the messaging crowd who find Facebook to be an important part of their lives. Facebook is integrated into the HTC experience, along with Sense 3.0 and more.
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By Matthew Miller, Contributor on
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The HTC Status is a small front facing QWERTY keyboard Android smartphone targeted towards the messaging crowd who find Facebook to be an important part of their lives. Facebook is integrated into the HTC experience, along with Sense 3.0 and more.

Check out my full ZDNet Smartphones & Cell Phones article for hands-on video and more thoughts on the HTC Status.

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The back of each shows how the white and aluminum contrasts to black. The HTC Status is very well made and feels great in the hand.

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There is a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash on the HTC Focus as well as the speakphone.

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The back has a band of aluminum with white plastic above and below it. The lower white part is removable to access the battery, microSD card, and SIM card slot.

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The 3.5mm headset jack and power button are located on the top of the HTC Status.

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There is a volume button and microUSB port on the left side of the HTC Status.

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Notice that the HTC Status curves up a bit where the keyboard starts below the display. This gives the user a bit more access to the keyboard and adds some flair to the device.

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The HTC Status fits well in my hand and is a rock solid device.

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There is a large headset speaker opening and a front facing VGA camera.

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There are capacitive buttons (Home, Menu, Back, and Search) along with send and receive buttons above the keyboard and below the viewable display.

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The QWERTY keyboard is well spaced, has decent feedback, and has directional arrows to help with navigation.

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As you can see the buttons are well defined. I keep pressing the voice command button to the right of the Alt button, thinking it is the Shift key. There is only one shift key and I wish it was in a different place.

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Here is that handy Facebook button. When you are in apps (Camera, web browser, etc.) the F lights up with a pulsing white light so you can press it and post to Facebook.

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Here you can see the directional arrows over in the lower right.

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The keyboard buttons are easy to see and well backlit too.

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The display is small and not really designed for those of us who are getting a bit older :) This is a typical view of the Home screen.

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As you can see the small display means I can only see three Tweets in the Twitter application.

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Here is a typical view in the Gmail application.

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When you press the Facebook button from the Home screen you are taken to a screen where you can make a quite status update to your Wall on Facebook.

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Web browsing is interesting on the small 2.6 inch display.

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There are keyboard shortcuts on the device that are indicated with descriptions in different menus.

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When you press the Facebook button while browsing a hyperlink status update gets started quickly and easily.

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If you press the Facebook button in the camera app you can actually use it to capture an image and then it goes right into a photo upload wizard.

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HTC Status first impressions gallery 1

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HTC Status first impressions gallery 2

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