HTC First

80
Engadget
Score
80

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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HTC First with Facebook Home review

Summary

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

Pros
  • Facebook Home is visually appealing
  • Stock Android 4.1 runs underneath the Home UI
  • Solid performance
  • Great 720p display
Cons
  • Horrible camera and video capture
  • Home eats data for breakfast, lunch and dinner
HTC First with Facebook Home review

With a billion users, it'd be an understatement to say Facebook has done a good job conquering the desktop world. Mobile, however, is the social network's next frontier: although it has a significant presence on every major smartphone and tablet platform, the company has a reputation for bringing its key features to the PC environment long before they arrive on mobile -- if at all.

But the April 4th reveal of Facebook Home, a solidly built Android launcher, reflects a change in attitude for Mark Zuckerberg and Co. Instead of simply maintaining a smartphone presence, Facebook is ready to go to battle and is putting mobile on the top of its list of priorities. It's even adding a proper piece of hardware to its arsenal in the form of the HTC First, a 4.3-inch device on AT&T with LTE, reasonable mid-range specs and a gorgeous display. Is it worth $99 with a two-year commitment to purchase a handset dedicated to the social cause? Should you just wait until Home is available as a free download in the Google Play Store? Or is it best to ignore it altogether? Continue reading to find out.

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Scores

Engadget

80
 

Breakdown

Reception and call quality
6.0
Display
7.6
Battery life
7.9
Camera
6.4
Ease of use
7.3
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Specs

First

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
4.3 inches
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Specs

First

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
4.3 inches
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