HTC’s introduction of a phone that had been rumored for months ‘Facebook phone’ caused quite a stir in the smartphone and especially the communications arena, it being sort of the very first smartphone with a fully integrated social networking tool. HTC first is actually a mid-range phone available on AT&T in the US. Facebook announced the phone last month and it comes with Facebook Home user interface which apparently can easily be disabled. Mark Zuckerberg’s vision of having a wholesome social networking experience to ‘put people first’ has come to pass. Facebook home and the HTC First aka Facebook phone may be the perfect blend of quality hardware from HTC and the world’s largest social networking tool, Facebook, and you can get it for less than one buck on AT&T.
AT&T has dropped the price of HTC One to just 99 cents, but on contract. However, if you would like to have the phone without having to make a commitment to AT&T services you would have to part with $350 and the phone is yours. The $0.99 price tag comes with a two year agreement and to me this seems to be the perfect price for first time Android users who have very active Facebook lives or users who already have other phones but want something cheap from AT&T that they can use as a backup phone or specifically for networking.
This comes as a surprise considering that the much hyped Facebook phone has been in the market for just a month. HTC one is actually one of the best budget smartphones you can find in the market today but it appears that most buyers are overlooking it, considering that Facebook Home is now available for download and installation on many Android phones.
You can still get the HTC First even if you are not interested in Facebook Home because disabling the UI is very simple. Most people who have tried the interface are less interested than Facebook, HTC and AT&T would have liked. One notable issue with the HTC First phone is that the competition in the mid-range and high end Android smartphone market may be too steep. If you are interested in the HTC First, whether for the hardware or for the ‘wholesome’ Facebook experience, here are the core specs you need to know.
Processor: 1.4 GHz Krait Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 with Adreno 305 GPU
Operating System: Android OS 4.1 Jelly Bean with Facebook Home UI
Display: 4.3 Inch 720 x 1280 pixels Super LCD capacitive touchscreen (~342 ppi pixel density)
Memory: 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard memory (No memory card slot)
Cameras: 1.6 megapixels rear, 5 megapixels front
Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 2000 mAh
If you would like to get HTC First from AT&T, follow this link.