It's not one of those phones that got me excited on the first look. It looks like a BlackBerry but in my opinion, this is BETTER than a BlackBerry -- Android OS, Qwerty keyboard, capacitive touchscreen, instant messaging functions, and for social media addicts, this phone has a dedicated Facebook button!
HTC Chacha Design
Performance of the HTC Chacha
It has a 800 MHz processor and comes with Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread). Very very fast and responsive.
Stand-by: Up to 430 h (2G) / Up to 660 h (3G)
Talk time: Up to 7 h 30 min (2G) / Up to 7 h (3G)
*Update: As per trying it for a week, continuous wifi usage eats up a lot of battery. It will only last half the day if you use wifi. 3g might eat up the battery faster.
As I've only had this for a few days, I am impressed with the social media and chatting functions. First, the qwerty keyboard makes it easy to type and with the curved design, it made it more fun and easy to use. Good job on the design innovation, HTC!
Fully customizable home screen and widget / application placements. You can also create folders to organize the files, just like in iPhone. Just so you know, it was my first time to use the HTC Chacha a few days ago and I can now fully use it with ease. Easy to use and learn!
The messaging functions are also awesome! I use Facebook chat, Google Talk, Yahoo Messenger, WhatsApp, Viber, Skype with it! It's the ultimate social media and messaging device! Once you get an update or message, it will sound off just like when you receive a text message. You can also set different tones for each so you won't be confused. The only thing it lacks is BBM but who needs it when you have all those others? In my personal opinion, I don't.
I've never fully used a BlackBerry before but my fiance uses one. I'm sorry to say that HTC Android OS (speaking in behalf of HTC Chacha) is way better developed than BlackBerry's RIM. The amount system instabilities made me decide not to get a BlackBerry. (Missing BlackBerry world icon, separate internet subscription to use the BlackBerry Facebook app and many more -- this is the reason why I don't have a BlackBerry review here)
HTC Chacha is a phone that you must try and use to appreciate. HTC is slowly gaining market share in the smart phone market and I can see a huge potential in HTC products as BlackBerry market share slowly go down, away from the smart phone domination.
Here is my HTC Chacha side-by-side with iPhone 3g and Nokia N8 for size comparison:
|My Nokia N8 looks dirty because of Invisible Shield.|
For full specifications, check out GSM Arena
I almost sold my iPhone when I got this! It's that good! Later on, I decided not to sell it and use it with my iPhone since I use Sun, Smart and Globe. My iPhone 3g is already old and I'm waiting for the new one (iPhone 5, wohooo!)
If you are in search for a new phone and you have BlackBerry in mind, just get the HTC Chacha.
If you want a social media a.k.a. Facebook phone, get the HTC Chacha.
If you always chat with your friends using YM, G Talk, Skype, Viber, WhatsApp and all those other messaging platforms, don't think twice. Get the HTC Chacha.
If you have more questions, don't hesitate to comment on my blog. I can help you decide which phone to get. I've been doing free consultations to all my relatives and friends and I won't limit it to them only. :)
Disclosure: I got this phone for free because I won this phone from a Smart (Network) Event and not a HTC event.
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