HTC ChaCha Review
HTC Chacha is one of the new releases lined up by HTC that is trying to make social networking a little more than an integral part of mobile life. What better than facebook, to get such integration going, for a generation hooked on to their virtual existence. HTC Chacha comes with a dedicated button for the social networking site.
HTC ChaCha - Software:
Like the facebook inspired fresh look, HTC Chacha is going to come out with Android Gingerbread, the latest Android OS v2.3 from Google. It comes with the Sense UI from HTC that is very intuitive and also very popular due to its user friendliness.
HTC ChaCha - Design and Build:
This phone is one of the few models that come with a QWERTY keypad just below the touchscreen in portrait layout. It has a candybar form factor with dimensions of 114.4×64.6×10.7mm while weighing at around 120gms.
HTC ChaCha - QWERTY Keyboard:
The keyboard is a QWERTY keypad with a slight upward bent. The keys are big and spacious and should not cause problems while extensive text inputs. There is also call accept and call decline/end button on the keypad besides a dedicated Facebook key that links to your profile in Facebook.
HTC ChaCha - Display:
The screen is a 2.6 inch capacitive TFT display with a 480×320 pixels resolution and can display up to 256K colors. It also has four capacitive touch buttons for the four main functions of Home, Back, Menu and Search. The screen is guarded by Gorilla glass and is safe from scratches and accidental damages.
HTC ChaCha - Camera & Video:
HTC Chacha may be a social networking phone but it comes with a 5MP camera that takes photos up to a resolution of 2592×1944 pixels. It has an auto focus lens and is capable of face detection and geo-tagging. It also has a LED flash to provide sufficient lighting under deficient light situations. Video recording is also possible with the LED acting as the video light. There is also a secondary front facing VGA camera and can be used for videocalling.
Other multimedia features of the phone are equally efficient such as the music and video player. The music player can play MP3/ AAC+/ WAV/ WMA files and the video play back can stream MP4/ H.264 files.
HTC ChaCha - Performance & Memory:
The HTC comes with the inbuilt 600 MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset processor. The internal memory of the mobile phone includes 512 MB ROM and 512 MB RAM, which are sufficient enough to store practically unlimited fields and entries of call records and phone book. However, this much memory support is not sufficient to support the functionalities of a smart phone and thus, ChaCha includes a microSD™ card slot where you can use microSD™ cards to increase the memory capacity up to 32 GB.
With Java emulator, facebook integration with hardware key, Google Maps, document viewer, etc installed on this phone, it does not seem to be laggy or bloated and is pretty pleasing to work with due to its ample hardware specs and the latest software used.
HTC ChaCha – Network:
No matter what sort of excellent features a handset comes loaded with, the basic functionality of a mobile phone always depends upon the ease of communication. The support of network assures proper communication and or HTC ChaCha, you can get the support of both 2G and 3G networks. The users of the 2G network will get access to the quad band GSM 850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900, while the 3G users will get access to dual band HSDPA 900/ 2100.
HTC ChaCha – Connectivity:
Both GPRS and EDGE assures the basic connectivity of the mobile phone, but for high speed browsing, it is definitely not enough. HTC ChaCha, therefore, brings Wi-Fi® 802.11 b/g/n and HSDPA support for faster connectivity options. If you want to transfer files to/from other compatible handsets, then you can do it by using wire based connectivity of microUSB v2.0 and wireless connectivity of Bluetooth® v2.3.
HTC ChaCha - Battery Life:
The battery used in HTC Chacha is a standard 1250 mAh Li-ion cell that can deliver up to a given standby time of 430 hrs in 3G and 660 hrs in 2G, and above 7 hrs of talktime in bth 2G and 3G.
HTC Chacha is a phone for a generation who cannot live a day without punching out sms or email or just updates on networking sites, and look good while doing so on a flashy fashionable handset.