HTC ChaCha Facebook phone now available from Vodafone

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Vodafone has just announced that the HTC ChaCha (the latest new Android device with a QWERTY keyboard and a dedicated Facebook button) is now available. The ChaCha (touted as the first “Facebook phone”), featuring a 2.6in screen with a 5-megapixel camera, the ChaCha is expected to hit the stores this summer (2012).

The much hyped dedicated Facebook button allows you to instantly share photos, comments, videos or web pages on Facebook courtesy of HTC’s Sense software which integrates your Facebook contacts with the phone’s own contacts database and Android software version 2.3.3 Gingerbread. The HTC ChaCha will have a unique Facebook chat widget to view all your online contacts and allow separate conversations with each of them. Facebook integration on smartphones is not new, but this level of integration goes much further than previously seen. Typically iPhone and Android apps for Facebook have been pretty poor in the past. Currently there is no real competitor for the ChaCha in terms of Facebbok integration, this will not last forever of course, with other models like the Cloud Q on the horizon.

The ChaCha is a departure from other HTC smartphones like the Desire, in fact, at first glnce it resembles a Blackberry with its full Qwerty keyboard and smaller landscape touch screen. However, even with this smaller screen, with a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels and a super responsive touchscreen, the ChaCha is expected to be easy to interact with. Where the ChaCha is really expected to shine (apart from the obvious Facebook interaction), is typing/texting with that full qwerty keyboard. The Facebook experience with the ChaCha is much smoother than anything previously seen – Facebook messages now show up in the phone’s inbox alongside standard emails, Facebook events in your calendar showing the event wall and attendees, and the address book will show the Facebook Chat status of all your friends.

Facebook wizardry aside, the ChaCha is simply the latest HTC Android phone running 2.3 Gingerbread and featuring a full qwerty keyboard. Expect the same superb web browser, excellent range of applications (second only to the iPhone’s), easily customisable with widgets, and a full range of all the latest technologies and features we have come to expect from HTC.

In summary, the HTC is a powerful Quad-band Android phone, massively customisable with fantastic Facebook integration and a full qwerty keyboard. Featuring 512 MB RAM, microSD™ memory card Expansion slot, 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, GSM/GPRS/EDGE, 5 megapixel color camera with auto focus and LED flash, VGA front camera, G-Sensor, Digital compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, A2DP for wireless headsets and GPS. Currently the only “Facebook phone” available, but the INQ Cloud Q device is likely to be serious competition and rumoured to be cheaper when it hits the market.

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