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HTC ChaCha Qwerty Android smartphone

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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.

Verdict

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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HTC Cha Cha

HTC ChaCha Qwerty Android smartphone

Mid-range Android 2.3 smartphone with Qwerty keyboard and Facebook button.
Price: £260 RRP

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