Before getting into this particular review, full disclosure is necessary: I am not a teenager.
And because of that, while I can completely understand the appeal of the HTC Status for a certain demographic group, I am not a member of that group.
But if I was, this is the phone that would certainly be at the top of my list because it encompasses every thing I need in one single little blue and white button.
If you haven’t figured it out by now, the HTC Status is the first ever phone designed to provide instant access to Facebook via the Facebook button and a Qwerty keyboard. The Facebook key itself does multiple tasks, depending on how it is pressed and held. Facebook fanatics will appreciate it.
It’s evident that a lot of thought went into this device. If you have a preteen, teenager or college student living in your household, then you know how often they use their phones to do everything except actually call someone. In fact, during the past month, my daughter had a combined total of 3,600 incoming and outgoing text messages and eight seconds of call time. She’s not alone.
From a physical standpoint, this phone is meant for a user like her. It’s very comfortable in hand, measuring 4.5 inches x 2.54 inches tall and it’s weighted toward the top end. I found texting and typing on it much more comfortable and natural than on a Blackberry, though both have individual keys. The display is smaller than what I prefer on a phone, but the 2.6-inch Gorilla Glass touchscreen is adequate and fairly sharp for what I think most users will need.
The HTC Status has taken some hits for its shorter battery life, and while I think that’s a valid concern, it really overlooks how this phone is likely to be used. With the smaller display, it would not be my choice for watching movies or doing heavy surfing.
There’s a respectable 5MP camera with a built-in bulb and front and back lenses, and photos I took with it and uploaded to Facebook were just fine. The HTC Status comes with built-in camera effects for image manipulation, which is also a plus for the demographic that is likely to enjoy this phone the most.
There were a number of elements that I did like about the HTC Status. The phone is loaded with the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) platform and it offers you the option to drag shortcuts to your top apps on the lockout screen.
However, the most appealing element is one that will appeal to any parent: The price. At $49.99 with a two-year contract and data plan, it’s an economical alternative for the younger cell phone user.
Available throughout Wisconsin at AT&T retail stores and other authorized sellers.
Cost: $49.99 plus two-year contract and data plan required