The ChaCha wears its social networking predilection on its sleeve – or at least, it wears a dedicated Facebook button just beneath its keyboard. The implication is that there’s something extra on offer to ardent Facers. At first glance, there isn’t, since the button does pretty much what the Facebook widget on your home screen does, ie allow you to update your status straight away. But there are differences.
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The layout has a different look, with options to search your gallery or go to your camera with a single button press. And depending on what app you’re using when you press it, you’ll get different results – hit the ‘f’ button while in camera mode for instance, and it will take a snap and prompt you to upload it straight away.
Press it while you’re browsing or listening to music and it’ll do the same, offering to share a link to the page you’re viewing or to tell everyone what song you’re listening to. Holding the button for longer takes you to the Facebook Places function, which allows you to check locations your friends have logged and record your own.
The ChaCha only has a 1,250mAh battery but it seems to make good use of it (the dinky screen probably helps) and I got a good two days of fairly heavy use out of it before I had to reach for the charger.
The HTC ChaCha is a sturdy little smartphone with a fine Qwerty keyboard and a good-looking, if rather squished screen. The Facebook facility is well integrated and though it doesn’t offer anything really different, it does make posting simpler and quicker. The small display means it’s a bit of a jump from a standard smartphone, but BlackBerry users will certainly want to take a look. ®
Thanks to Clove Technology for the loan of the review sample.
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I wonder if it can be reprogrammed to start Google+ app instead...
You do wonder if they get a few pennies from Facebook for plugging their site?
If the screen were the size of the whole black area, and the processor was one of the new 1.2Ghz dual cores, then this would be just about my perfect phone. Coming from Blackberry, I love the apps on Android, but really, really miss the keyboard.
I have a Desire Z
.. and this ChaCha has something the Desire Z doesn't have..
A HANG UP BUTTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm thinking of replacing my Desire Z for this ChaCha for that very reason alone.
... but does it actually make phone calls and if so how well?