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HTC First

alaTest has collected and analyzed 48 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the build quality and responsiveness. The screen and usability are also appreciated, but there are some critical comments about the features and battery.

design, usability, screen, responsiveness, build quality

camera, battery, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the HTC First is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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HTC First review: The socialite

 

Announced alongside the Facebook Home launcher, the HTC First for AT&T is the first smartphone to feature the social network's Android add-on out of the box. Launching a dedicated "Facebook phone" isn't an unfamiliar affair for HTC - back in 2011, the...

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...

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

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.

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HTC First Review

 

How much do you love Facebook? Do you love it enough to let the social network take over your phone? How about enough to at least allow it a prominent place on your phone while still allowing you to access all that other stuff you need (apps, email,...

Comfortable, compact, and attractive design ; Beautiful screen ; Stock Android under Facebook Home ; Speedy, smooth performance

Lockscreen won’t….lock (bug) ; Sealed-in battery ; No microSD card slot ; Facebook Home feels undercooked

Even if you don't want Facebook to take over your phone, the HTC First is worth a look. Under Facebook Home is beautiful stock Android and the phone itself boasts a great screen and speedy performance.

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HTC First (AT&T)

 

The HTC First gives Facebook fans an attractive smartphone with an immersive social experience, but the camera could be better.

Elegantly compact design; Bright display with wide viewing angles; Cover Feed is engaging and intuitive; Chat Heads lets you message while using other apps; Pure Android Jelly Bean under the hood

Camera a bit slow and struggles in low light; Lax default security settings; No microSD Card slot

Click to EnlargeAs the first vehicle for the Facebook Home experience, the HTC First is a pretty good initial effort. We like the streamlined, soft-touch design and vibrant display, which gives all those social updates a gorgeous canvas. And while we'd...

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HTC First (AT&T)

 

The AT&T HTC First puts the most popular social network front and center with its preloaded Facebook Home app, but it isn't the best phone for the job.

The only phone to ship with Facebook Home preloaded. Sleek, high-quality build. Sharp display

No microSD card slot. Stock build of Android lacks appealing HTC Sense features. Average camera

The HTC First for AT&T ($99.99 with contract) is not a "Facebook phone," but it's the closest the social juggernaut has come to creating one so far. Will you like it? A lot of that depends on you.

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Home Sweet Home

 

The HTC First is a middling device designed to fade into the background and bring one thing, and one thing only, to the forefront: Facebook.

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HTC First

 

Let's just get this out of the way: The most notable thing about the HTC First is that it's the debut handset to come with Facebook Home already installed, a start screen replacement that draws you directly into the center of your Facebook world.

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.

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.

Facebook fanatics -- and, weirdly, Android purists -- looking for a functional Android phone will enjoy the HTC First. Everyone else can move along.

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HTC First Review

 

The HTC First is not the Facebook Phone, but it's a Facebook Phone, and if you feel like we've been here before then you're not alone. Baking the core essence of Facebook Home – “putting people first” with a content-rich homescreen and tightly...

If the HTC First was a $99.99 device on prepay, we’d be a lot more comfortable recommending it. With a two-year agreement involved, and the relatively small step up to a device like the HTC One, which we rate so strongly, it’s not just Facebook Home’s...

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HTC First review: a Facebook phone that's pure Google at heart

 

The HTC First is going to be best-known as the pilot "Facebook Phone," shipping with the all-new Facebook Home software running in lieu of a traditional Android phone skin. That would be enough to make it notable, but the First has a couple of other...

You can use it one-handed ; Great display ; Stock Android

Camera is sub-par ; Facebook Home feels unfinished ; Not super fast

It's a shame that I can't unequivocally recommend the First

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HTC First Review

 

Tagged as the first phone to offer the all-encompassing Facebook experience, the HTC First seems like the no-brainer device for hardcore Facebook users, but will it have enough uniqueness to call its own, so that it's a compelling choice over other...

Minimalist design ; Modest price point ; Dynamic presentation of Facebook Home ; Vanilla Android experience

Disappointing photo & video capture ; Not enough core functionality with Facebook Home ; Weak battery life

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...

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HTC First review

 

Is it just reference hardware for Facebook Home, or a true candidate for your next smartphone purchase?There are few things in the mobile industry that have been constant over the last few year...

Those looking for the absolute latest, greatest, biggest and fastest device (while it may be a fool's errand in today's smart phone market) will have to look elsewhere, but don't do so before picking up the First and using it for a few minutes. If...

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