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HTC ChaCha Review – Touch & QWERTY Combo With a Social Twist

HTC ChaCha is certainly more than meets the eye and once you get used to this phone you’ll probably going to make it your favourite device. In spite of its unusual screen and resolution that may cause some problems in a bunch of apps, this model can satisfy the Facebook addict in you.

Unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2011 as one of the two Facebook phones made by HTC (together with Salsa), ChaCha measures 10.7mm in thickness and weighs 120 grams. It’s not the lightest or the thinnest handset out there, but it’s very easy to handle and provides great grip. It comes with a TFT touchscreen, measuring 2.6 inches and supporting a 480 x 320 pixel resolution.

Gorilla Glass protection is also in the mix and this handset features 512MB of RAM and ROM, a microSD card slot and support for many connectivity options, such as HSDPA, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0. At the back we find a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, that has some problems with the changes in light or any kind of capture in low light conditions.

The original ChaCha had a 600MHz CPU, that has been upgraded with a 800MHz processor, so this HTC model is launching with the latter. Android 2.3 Gingerbread is the OS of choice on this socializing phone, that also gets the HTC Sense UI, in a customized version, that fits the 2.6 inch screen. As far as the Facebook button (we detailed here) below the keyboard is concerned, that one allows you share with your friends the songs you’re listening to in the Android music player, or the site you accessed in the browser.

Also, you can post a picture on Facebook (or a video) immediately after taking it and there’s always the option of showing everyone your location by keeping pressed the Facebook button in the main menu. Social networking is also available through widgets, like the Facebook chat one, allowing you to IM your close ones. You might have noticed the presence of the two call/end call buttons… Well one of them triggers the call menu, with a section for contacts that shows the messages, phone calls and Facebook status updates they have.

Now, before you call a person you’ll know where he/she has been and what he/she has been doing. Cool? And now here’s the review: