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HTC First

alaTest has collected and analyzed 60 reviews of HTC First. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Comments about the portability and durability are generally positive. The screen and usability also get good comments. The camera and battery get critical comments.

design, usability, screen, durability, portability

battery, camera

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 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: GSMArena team (

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.

Apr, 2013

Expert review by: K. T. Bradford (

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.

Apr, 2013

Expert review by: LAPTOP Magazine (

HTC First (AT&T) Review


As 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 like to see...

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

Apr, 2013

Expert review by: Alex Colon (

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.

Apr, 2013

Expert review by: Alexandra Chang (

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.

Apr, 2013

Expert review by: Jessica Dolcourt (

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.

Apr, 2013

Expert review by: Vincent Nguyen (

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...

You could argue that the HTC First is in a category on its own, the first and so-far only dedicated Facebook Home device. That's certainly how HTC and AT&T would like you to see it. However, there are plenty of ways to do social aggregation - HTC's own...

Apr, 2013

Expert review by: Dieter Bohn (

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

Expert review by: John V. (

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...

Apr, 2013

Expert review by: Evan Selleck (

HTC First Written Review


Earlier this year, Facebook announced the first real Facebook phone. There are apparently different levels of what this could possibly mean, though, considering this really isn't the first real Facebook phone.

Thin and light frame; 4.3-inch display size is perfect; stock Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Lackluster camera; bland hardware design; mediocre battery life

Unlike Samsung's Galaxy S 4, which relies on software features; or HTC's One, which banks so much onto its hardware; or even Apple's iPhone 5, which hopes you'll like a combination of the two, the HTC First is just about as mediocre a phone as you can...

Jul, 2013
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