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. On the other hand, some might find it’s lack of flexibility stifling, detracting from what makes Android such a great OS in the first place.
Pros: Beautiful, simple design, Great screen, Unique UI
Cons: No removable memory/battery, Mediocre battery life, Lacklustre camera
Conclusion: Despite a step down in camera and display specs compared to current smartphone titans, the HTC First still serves up an excellent Android experience on a mid-range device. As the first smartphone preloaded with the Facebook Home interface, the One fills a niche market for Facebook fanatics and Android purists seeking a "functional Android phone," according to Jessica Dolcourt of CNET. "Everyone else can move along.
Pros: Close to stock Android with Facebook Home disabled, Chat Heads app allows texting within other apps, Exceptional data speeds
Cons: Mid-range camera, Lacks removable battery and microSD card slot
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 there is a large user base for the device.
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. Overall, we think the HTC First is a good choice for mid-range smartphone and that it could be the ultimate choice for Facebook addicts, but it’s certainly not for everyone. The HTC First is available at AT&T for $99 with a 2 year contract .
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 preloaded with Instagram.
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. This is definitely a phone that showcases the best Facebook has to offer to smartphones, but it is not limited to that set-up thankfully.
Summary: Facebook fanatics -- and, weirdly, Android purists -- looking for a functional Android phone will enjoy the HTC First. Everyone else can move along.
Pros: As Facebook Home's debut handset, the HTC First delivers the social network's complete Android skin experience, along with Android 4.1 functionality at an affordable price. Android purists seeking a stock OS can get it by disabling Facebook Home.
Cons: Without Facebook Home, the First is a forgettable handset, from midrange camera hardware to its utilitarian design. It lacks a removable battery and microSD slot.
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. We were most surprised by seeing an unmodified Android OS on the device out of the box. It is the only such option available in the US at the moment, this side of a Google Nexus device.
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 Snapdragon 400 chipset, 1 GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage, 5 MP autofocus camera with LED flash; face detection and geotagging, 1080p and 720p video recording @ 30fps, 1.6MP ...
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
Conclusion: Knowing that other smartphones are going to be blessed with the new Facebook Home experience, we can’t tell you to go out and buy the HTC First strictly for that experience. Instead, we recommend it most for its affordable $99.99 on-contract cost with its vanilla Android experience (once Facebook Home is disabled) and minimalist design.
Pros: Minimalist design, Modest price point, Dynamic presentation of Facebook Home, Vanilla Android experience
Cons: Disappointing photo & video capture, Not enough core functionality with Facebook Home, Weak battery life
Conclusion: The HTC First is a budget phone that doesn’t feel like one. In fact, it reminds us a lot of recent Lumia handsets in look, feel, power, and price. Putting aside Facebook Home, you get excellent performance, comfortable design, a good display, and stock Android when you want it. And if you do like having Facebook all up in your face at all times, the integration is smooth. We could do without the sealed-in battery and lack of microSD slot.
Pros: Comfortable, compact, and attractive design, Beautiful screen, Stock Android under Facebook Home, Speedy, smooth performance
Cons: Lockscreen won’t….lock (bug), Sealed-in battery, No microSD card slot, Facebook Home feels undercooked