I am by no way, shape or form a huge FB abuser BUT I am an HTC fan, so when I heard the buzz about the Status I was intrigued. Being primarily partial to â€œtouchâ€ only phones I thought I would find using a Qwerty keyboard again to be a bit awkward. However, the keyboard felt like home and extremely comfortable. Even though is does seem the screen size suffered (2.6â€ diagonal) to accommodate what some can consider an over-sized keyboard. Iâ€™m still a very proud HTC EVO 3D owner, but the Status has quickly replaced it as my day-to-day phone for over a week now. Itâ€™s very light weight at 4.37 ounces WITH the battery and at 4.5â€x2.5â€x.42â€ with a curved (bent) exterior similar to the Nexus S it feels very sleek and comfortable when carrying it around.
The Status comes with Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) with HTC Sense, a dedicated FB button, VGA front-facing camera, 5MP camera with auto-focus and flash. It also has a digital compass with G-Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor and GPS. In terms of memory it comes with 512MB RAM, 512MB Internal Storage and included 2GB micro SD card and is expandable. The phone also comes with a Qualcomm MSM7227, 800 MHz Processor. This may not be as fast as some of itâ€™s more recent counterparts but I honestly canâ€™t say I noticed anything run any slower or any of my programs force closing while I was multitasking. The call quality was stellar, I only had a few dropped calls when I was in a basement of a building but when I was out and about no one complained about not hearing me and I didnâ€™t need to constantly adjust the volume so I could hear the person on the other end. Although, I am not a big picture taker but the few pictures I took were just as crisp as the pictures I take with my 14mp digital camera. With the front facing cam it makes it a breeze to take self-portraits or video chat with your friends.
There are the awesome features we already touched on and then thereâ€™s what seems to be more and more common such as WiFi capability, Bluetooth 3.0 compatible, pinch to zoom interactive touchscreen, 3.5mm audio jack and video capture. What truly sets this phone apart is the dedicated Facebook button, which we need to really get into a bit more.
Let me preface by stating that I am not impressed by the universal FB for Android App. Or any other integrated app, which usually means my updates are, and few between or were UNTIL I got my hands on this phone. Not only do I not need to open an app to jot down a quick witty post to my wall. All I need to do is push the dedicated blue FB button and instantly I am able to post my thoughts. Not only can I post words I have the option to either take a picture to post or pick a picture from my gallery to post without any hassles.
Another cool feature is if you press and hold the FB button it automatically opens FB Places and allows you to check in and post your location to your FB page, much like Foursquare. The most basic things we do on the phone can be shared via FB. A cool feature is FB share capable functions cause the FB button to glow. For example, if youâ€™re listening to music on your phone or taking random pictures with your phone the FB button glows or lights up letting you know that you can press it and share it via FB.
Another thing I found useful is I can post to a friends wall from their contact card, which is perfect to post a quick Happy Birthday and go on about your day. I personally think this phone is a worthwhile purchase and it has me reconsidering my all touchscreen phone kick Iâ€™ve been on lately. Even though I am not a huge picture taker I found the quality to be great. I must also note the battery has so far been the best Iâ€™ve had on any phone Iâ€™ve used in a long time. With a $50 with 2 year contract with AT&T price tag I say this is extremely worth it.