HTC ChaCha review

HTC ChaCha

The HTC Chacha was launched last year in June and it won the “Social phone of 2011” prize. It is a social phone with physical QWERTY keyboard but also with touchscreen. The keyboard buttons are scattered enough so you won’t hit two buttons at the same time if you have thick fingers. The Chacha is a heavy competitor for the QWERTY Blackberry and Nokia phones.

When using the phone, you do it with the touchscreen and the keyboard is used only for writing. The display is capacitive with 256k colors and supports a resolution of 480×320 pixels and 222 ppi pixel density. Its diagonal measures 2.6 inches. Gorilla Glass screen is protecting the display which shows us the HTC Sense 2.1 UI. The phone weighs 120g and measures 114.4×64.6×10.7mm and it has metal bodyparts.

The HTC Chacha has an internal memory of 150MB which can be expanded by moving the apps to a microSD card up to 32GB. The 512Mb of RAM and 512Mb of ROM makes team with the 800 MHz processor powered by Android OS version 2.3.3 Gingerbread.

The phone features a dedicated button for Facebook application. Under the screen there are two physical buttons for answering/rejecting calls. It has accelerometer for auto rotate (but it has a bizarre landscape UI), compass and proximity sensors. Adobe Flash support is missing but the browser has some limited flash support. Chacha has GPS with A-GPS and a stereo FM radio with RDS. It doesn’t have so many features but it has the main features for a smartphone.

Camera has 5Mp with a resolution of 2592×1944 pixels. It doesn’t make good quality photos but instead of nothing is good; it has LED flash, autofocus, geo-tagging, and face detection. Video recording is made at 30 fps and has D1 resolution (720×480 pixels). It also has a front VGA camera which is good for a social phone.

The Chacha has a 1250 mAh lithium-ion battery, not too much for a smartphone but for the Chacha is enough because it doesn’t has a big screen to consume all the battery. It can resist about 2 days without charging.

Connectivity comes with 3G speeds up to 7.2 Mbps, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi Hotspot, bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, microUSB v2.0. You can unplug the cable from the phones charge and you’ll have an usb cable.

The HTC Chacha can’t be compared with the top smartphons but it doesn’t need to be. It can be your first smartphone and you won’t be disappointed. It’s an excellent social smartphone with a well placed QWERTY keyboard and thanks to its design you can easily maneuver it with one hand. The Chacha is small, light and has HTC Sense which is nice but it looks a bit funny. Battery autonomy can be a tie breaker criterion for some people. You must look at the HTC Chacha beyond its Facebook integration.

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