The "1-Minute" Review
Releasing a dedicated “Facebook phone” isn’t entirely new to HTC but the HTC First is definitely the first smartphone to come with the Facebook Home Launcher. According to Steve Kovach of Business Insider, “You can argue about technicalities all you want, but the HTC First is the first real Facebook phone.”
For those unfamiliar with the “Home” feature, think of it as a visual slideshow of status updates and photos from your Facebook news feed. This Facebook “in your face” experience will appeal to some but as Armando Rodriguez of PC Advisor put it, “Doing anything that wasn't related to Facebook, such as playing music or browsing for apps, took more effort than it did on other smartphones.”
Note: If you don’t want FB Home, you can turn it off and run the stock Android 4.1, also known as Jelly Bean.
Categorized as a mid-range handset, the First comes with modest hardware but most reviewers report that it still performs smoothly. Unfortunately there is not much storage space for photos or videos and the lack of expandable memory aggravates this. Experts also agreed that the camera was a weak point on the phone, with pictures coming out a bit soft and blurry.
The HTC First is not for everyone, but if want an affordable mid-range smartphone it’s probably a good choice, especially for Facebook addicts.
The Good: Affordable price tag and performs well despite modest specs.
The Bad: Minimal storage with no option to expand and the camera is a letdown.
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HTC released the First on April 12, 2013.
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HTC backs up the First with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.
If your First has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact HTC support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find HTC's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.