Summary: It’s fairly likely that at some point in the past, you heard the endless speculation over the mythical “ Facebook Phone .” What was it? Who would make it? When would we see it released? Well, the answers to those questions in order are: a phone, HTC and now.
Summary: The HTC First is an interesting Android handset. It's said that Facebook went out and designed the Home app to make the smart phone more personal. Instead of weather or news on your home screen you have status updates from your personal network.
HTC First hands on review: Meet the Facebook Home phone
8 March 2014
Conclusion: This is an HTC phone built-in conjunction with Facebook to make you use Facebook on an almost constant basis. If that’s attractive to you, then you’ll like the First. We hesitate to say “love” because the hardware isn’t overly compelling, though it’s hard to argue with a Jelly Bean handset that...
Conclusion: As the most wholly realised example of Facebook integration on a mobile device, we’re fans of the HTC First. The user experience really is an original take on Android and should appeal to anyone who checks their favourite social network more than once or twice a day.
Pros: Beautiful, simple design, Great screen, Unique UI
Cons: No removable memory/battery, Mediocre battery life, Lacklustre camera
HTC First – how does the first official Facebook Home device fare
5 July 2013
Conclusion: The HTC First is an AT&T exclusive in the US , going for $0.99 with a two year contract, which makes it an attractive choice for practically anyone who wants an affordable yet relatively powerful and sturdy handset with 4G LTE – seeing as even grandmothers nowadays use Facebook, I have no doubt...
HTC First Review – A Phone for Facebook Addicts Only
5 May 2013
Summary: In a world crowded with way too many Android smartphone choices, it’s nice that HTC has come out with a phone that has an emphasis less on specs and more on how it integrates with your lifestyle.
Pros: Facebook Home is like crack for Facebook addicts, Excellent grip, finish and form factor, excellent display, fair price point, option to disable Facebook Home U.I. and use stock Android 4.1.2, comes with 25GB of free Dropbox storage for 2 years, decent battery life, the only smartphone to come pr...
Cons: Display will be too small for some, lacks MicroSD slot for expandable storage, camera is meh
Conclusion: "Facebook phone" should be considered a misnomer for the HTC First. In reality, it's just another Android phone that runs a different kind of software. The HTC First can disable Home and become a stock, though not current, version of Android that is just as capable as other devices of its ilk.
Conclusion: There's a lot more to the HTC First than Facebook Home. With solid build quality, minimalist looks, pocket-friendly size, and capable hardware, the handset is arguably the most appealing mid-range Android smartphone at the moment.
Pros: Quad-band GSM and quad-band 3G support, Tri-band LTE network support, 4.3" 16M-color Super LCD capacitive touchscreen with HD resolution (720 x 1280 pixels); Gorilla glass, Unmodified Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with Facebook Home UI preinstalled, 1.4 GHz dual-core Krait CPU, Qualcomm MSM8930 Snapdr...
Cons: Only 12GB of available storage and no option to expand, Battery is not user-replaceable, Only available on AT&T for the time being, 5MP camera is not exactly cutting edge these days
Summary: For many users, smartphones are tools that are more about the software and user experience than the hardware. Of course, you still need adequate hardware and smooth performance to ensure a good experience, but beyond that, there are plenty of users who are attracted more to software and easy-to-use...
Pros: First phone with Facebook Home, Instagram preinstalled, 4.3 inch display with 1280x720, 341 PPI
Cons: No user replaceable battery, No microSD card slot, Unimpressive camera
Excerpt: After the HTC Status/ChaCha, Facebook is back at it with another hardware collaboration. The popular social network has combined with HTC and AT&T to create the HTC First , the first (no pun intended) smartphone to hit retail shelves with the new Facebook Home software out of the box.