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Is Facebook Home enough reason to buy a phone?

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The First is an above-average mid-range device, and Facebook Home is a solid 1.0 product with plenty of room to grow.

Critic reviews

7.1
18 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    7.2
  • Display
    7.5
  • Battery life
    7.8
  • Camera
    6.3
  • Ease of use
    7.2
  • Design and form factor
    7.5
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.9
  • Media support
    7.1
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    7.2

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User reviews

8.0
3 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    8.0
  • Display
    10
  • Battery life
    7.3
  • Camera
    5.3
  • Ease of use | 1 comment
    8.0
  • Design and form factor | 1 comment
    9.3
  • Portability (size / weight)
    9.3
  • Media support
    9.3
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    8.7
8.0
Engadget Apr 9, 2013

The First is an above-average mid-range device, and Facebook Home is a solid 1.0 product with plenty of room to grow.

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7.0
TechCrunch Apr 9, 2013

If you want the latest technology, the First lags behind. Still, it’s a great device beyond the camera. So if the HTC First’s strengths align with your priorities, go ahead an pre-order.

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7.0
Ars Technica Apr 9, 2013

An entry-level handset with this kind of integrated social networking for $99 could be attractive for consumers who may not have considered a smartphone before.

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7.0
CNET Apr 9, 2013

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

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7.0
PC Mag Apr 10, 2013

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.

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7.0
GigaOM Apr 9, 2013

I am unlikely to use this device. But if you are a Facebook addict, are on a budget and have solid AT&T coverage in your area, this might be a good one for you.

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6.0
Laptop Magazine Apr 12, 2013

Ironically, although the First does "fork" Android, this phone could very well satisfy Android purists on a budget. That's because if you disable Facebook Home, you get a very clean installation of Jelly Bean with no carrier meddling. However, we miss some of HTC's own Sense tweaks here.

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8.0
Mashable Apr 9, 2013

As a version 1.0 phone and Android launcher platform, though, Facebook and HTC clearly have something here. The phone is polished and fun to use and I've become a frictionless Facebook engager, all thanks to Facebook Home.

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7.0
ABC News Apr 9, 2013

[F]or $99, the First is a solid Android phone, even if you decide to disable to Home software. But many will likely give it a try, wish that Chat Heads was available as an app, and return to -- just what Mark Zuckerberg thinks is outdated -- apps.

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7.0
SlashGear Apr 9, 2013

it’s not just Facebook Home’s beta-style performance that gives us pause for thought. The First is not a bad handset, but it’s a generally nondescript one, and Facebook Home is not the “killer launcher” that would make it a must-buy.

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7.0
Pocket-Lint Apr 15, 2013

The HTC First is not the best phone HTC has made. Rather, it’s the best phone for a Facebook experience that shields the rest of what Android has to offer by default.

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7.0
Consumer Reports Apr 16, 2013

The HTC First is a very nice phone I wouldn't hesitate to recommend if it were free with a two-year contract. If that day comes, I would also recommend maximizing your enjoyment of this phone's modest features, including the Facebook app, by not activating its Facebook Home interface.

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8.0
GSM Arena Apr 19, 2013

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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7.0
TechRadar May 10, 2013

It could become the next cult Android device, and might even be the last decent dual-core handset ever made. Sans Facebook Home, it's exactly the type of device we wish we'd see more often.

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8.0
Android Community Apr 9, 2013

There’s simply nothing like having Facebook right up in your face on your smartphone 24 hours a day – nothing like it in the world. And with HTC at the helm, you’re guaranteed hardware that can handle the feed.

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8.0
HotHardware Apr 19, 2013

It’s also a very pocketable phone with a vibrant and colorful display. If you're a heavy Facebook user in the market for a new, affordable smartphone, and like the features offered by Facebook Home and the HTC First, it's a sleek, well build device worth checking out.

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First Looks

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Engadget Apr 4, 2013

While we don't have the phone's exact dimensions just yet, it's safe to say the First is one slender and lightweight handheld. We're also pleasantly surprised by its rounded edges and matte rubberized shell -- both result in a comfortable and pleasant feel when cradled in the hand.

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TechCrunch Apr 4, 2013

The Facebook Home experience is based around next-level gesture control. Here you can watch us swipe, fling, and pop Facebook content in our hands-on demo of the new HTC First handset that comes with Home pre-installed.

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Gizmodo Apr 4, 2013

We got a brief look at the HTC First after today's press conference, demonstrated by Facebook staffers. Home screen navigation appears fast and nimble, with full-screen images flipping past as fast as their finger swipes.

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CNET Apr 4, 2013

Power Android users though likely won't find much to tempt them in this Facebook, HTC co-creation. Specs for the device are decidedly midrange and not packed to the gills with cutting edge technology.

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Ars Technica Apr 4, 2013

HTC also announced that it would be launching a handset that ships with Facebook Home already integrated into it. We got some hands on time with it, so here's a closer look at what's to come from the social networking giant and HTC's collaboration.

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SlashGear Apr 4, 2013

The phone itself is a slim, simple slice of soft-touch plastic, fronted with a glass 4.3-inch touchscreen above three touch-sensitive buttons for back, home, and menu. It’s also worth noting that the First does indeed support displaying all Android notifications, not just Facebook ones.

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TechHive Apr 4, 2013

Jumping among apps—the official Facebook app, Facebook Messages, the camera app, and the Chrome browser—happened without much issue. I was surprised by how smoothly some of these Facebook apps ran on the phone and by the overall performance of Facebook Home.

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CNET UK Apr 4, 2013

The HTC First might not have much going for it in the hardware department, but its Facebook Home software is intriguing -- the social giant's new Android launcher replaces the standard Android interface, so it's all Facebook, all the time.

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GSM Arena Apr 4, 2013

Hardware-wise, the HTC First features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset with a dual-core CPU and a gig of RAM. A 4.3" 720p display, 5MP camera, and access to AT&T's LTE network are also part of the smartphone's specifications. The Android version on tap will be 4.1 Jelly Bean.

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Android Central Apr 4, 2013

It's Facebook Home that's the real star, and for good reason. It looks good. If you don't live in Facebook -- and chances are if you're a regular reader of this blog -- you may well not have a great need for it. But on the other hand, it's still a full-fledged Android smartphone.

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TechRadar Apr 4, 2013

Is this a successful first try at baking Facebook into an Android device? We give a reserved yes, though there are definite areas for improvement. Maybe by the time Facebook and HTC gets to the Second (or whatever it's called), Home will be all figured out.

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GottaBeMobile Apr 4, 2013

The HTC First is a very capable mid-range Android 4G LTE smartphone available at an affordable $100 on AT&T with a two-year contract. It’s a phone that puts Facebook at the center of the UI and it’s a nice way for people who need to stay on top of their social network.

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phoneArena Apr 4, 2013

There are not any surprises in the hardware as the HTC First is definitely a mid-range piece of hardware. The HTC First features a 1280x720 4.3-inch display and the well rounded edges make the device fit very nicely in the hand. Shape-wise, it is similar to the first generation iPhone.

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Phone Scoop Apr 4, 2013

In all, it is a nice little phone. It's higher in quality than some devices we've seen from other Asian manufacturers (notably Huawei and HTC), but it is definitely not a high-end device.

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DroidLife Apr 4, 2013

The overall exterior appears mostly to be unibody, with a singular color scheme depending on which color you are looking at. It’s not incredibly thin by any means, but still thin enough.

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BGR Apr 4, 2013

All told, it does what it claims to do. It replaces the Android home experience with an immersive Facebook UI. It’s up to the individual user to decide whether or not they want to shift their mobile phone experience into a full-on mobile Facebook experience.

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Android Community Apr 4, 2013

Facebook appears to have really improved their skills lately, because it seems much faster than the usual Facebook app. Not to mention our data speeds are slow here. We’re pretty impressed with the visuals and animations, and the full HD beautiful content is a bit refreshing.

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The Next Web Apr 4, 2013

Home as a whole is a speedy experience. Lag was all but nonexistent in our testing, and the HTC First appears to be more than capable of handling its picture-heavy interface.

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