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HTC ChaCha - Smartphone - 3G - WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM - full keyboard - touch screen - Android

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      21.03.2013 22:53
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      It was OK but I wouldn't reccomend it.

      I have been using this phone for a year and a half. I went for an HTC as I had never before owned one and several of my friends had positive experiences with them. I went for the Cha-Cha as It came with a relatively low monthly contract cost, I got a free laptop with it (mobiles.co.uk) and I really like having a physical keyboard but have gone off Blackberry.

      On the plus side I have visited many indignities on my phone over the last eighteen m18onths; it has been dropped in the sink, dropped on the floor on several occasions (the last of which was on concrete and cracked the screen), has had orange juice spilled on it, dropped in a bowl of tuna mayo...The list is endless. Usually I am much more careful with my phones but for some reason this one seems to live by Murphy's law. Despite all of this the phone still works as well as it ever has.

      The screen is very clear despite being smaller than a lot of modern phones and the touch screen works well. The keyboard/touchscreen combo works well and only confuses a handful of apps. I have heard some people complain about the battery life and although I don't leave the internet on all the time I do use it regularly and often play games on it and use some apps on it every day, the battery lasts for around 18 hours (I charge it every night while I sleep).

      The camera works OK, having an 8 megapixel camera was another big plus when I chose this phone but for some reason the pictures never seem to look that good, I have seen some of my friends take pictures with 4 or 6 megapixel cameras on their phones that regularly turn out better than mine. Perhaps it's just me. At the end of the day I have a decent camera that I use for taking pictures I just wish the camera was better on my phone as whenever I am out and see something I want a picture of I wish I had my camera with me instead of just my phone.

      The worst thing about this phone is the abysmal amount of memory. Although I have supplemented it with a 16gb micro SD there are some things that the phone insists can't be stored on the SD card. As a result when it wants to install the latest HTC upgrade you have to strip it back to it's factory default to create enough room. There has been an upgrade available for the last six months but it just isn't worth the trouble.

      Overall the Cha -cha is a pretty good phone but it feels a little dated now and the memory problem has become a major problem. I am really looking forwards to getting a new phone in September.

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        20.10.2012 22:27

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        Lack of memory outweighs any good points !

        Anyone who has read any of my reviews recently will know how many phones I have used recently and while the HTC Cha Cha is a good phone for a certain type of person, for me there are too many negatives for it to be my number one phone.

        Well, to begin with, I will be honest with you and tell you what probably 100% of other reviewers have said and that is 1. Yes it does look a bit like a Blackberry which you would consider an advantage as it is rare for any smart phone these days to have a touch screen and a keyboard. 2. The internal memory is appalling! After you have downloaded a few apps you will find yourself with very little space left and although there are a few tips and tricks to keep the available space to a maximum, the bottom line is that there just isn't enough space to begin with. The problem is that the likes of facebook which is pre-installed takes up a huge amount of space and if you don't want this then there is nothing you can do, short of rooting your phone (which of course invalidates your warranty).

        Another problem which seems to affect most smart phones is battery life and you will be lucky to get a full day out of the Cha Cha and if you browse the web or play games often you won't even get a full day !

        Having said all that the Cha Cha is still a good little phone and takes cracking pictures and the touch screen isn't half bad. The sound from the music player is adequate although not the best but where the Cha Cha wins is the aforementioned keyboard which may indeed be a winner with the older generation who prefer the keyboard over a touch screen and may not be too bothered about apps or facebook.

        All in all, a kind of a mixed review but I am afraid the Cha Cha is not for me.

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        09.10.2012 17:21

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        a fun reliable phone great for chatters!

        HTC bill it as ideal for social media, and generally I think so (although not in the way it was made). The top points of this phone are definitely the qwerty keyboard (it looks like a blackberry), but with all the benefits of being an android phone with all the apps. The phone itself is easy to use, reliable and very fun. I use it several times daily. The phone syncs with my google contacts which is ideal, and saves me having to update my contacts manually. I can just update my contacts in googlemail and these come through on the mobile. The phone looks very stylish, in silver, and the screen quality is good. The battery has to be charged daily, but lasts quite well, seeing as I am constantly chatting, facebooking and viewing youtube videos. The one drawback is that the facebook application sucks up memory, just like the internet and mail applications. To get round this I make sure I clean the cache regularly, and also use opera mini browser - which makes the phone work like a dream!

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        25.07.2012 17:25
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        Good, but not perfect.

        Aptly named 'ChaCha', this phone will have you dancing with glee as you tap away on the touch screen/qwerty keyboard combo. But will it leave your limbs limp after the fun is over?

        I've owned the ChaCha for almost a year now after splashing out when the phone was first released. I was excited by the prospect of the qwerty keyboard AND touch screen, having upgraded from a Blackberry with similar keys (easier than touchscreen for long nails!). And the ChaCha did not fail to impress.

        Apart from a couple of weird touches, such as the bend in the middle of the phone (supposedly for comfort when sitting in the palm of your hand), the phone worked perfectly for a good few months. Sure, the battery life is questionable, but with so much to do and so many apps to explore, short battery life can be forgiven.

        Whilst family members had chosen a different model of HTC and struggled with signal and problems with the phone freezing, I had no such issues with the ChaCha. The camera is impressive (better outdoors than in), texting and calling is as easy as it should be, and there's even a handy Facebook button for speedy social updates.

        So what's the problem? Well, the memory. Although supplied with an SD card, my phone quickly ran out of space, and I hadn't downloaded many apps at all. The problem (I think - I still haven't made enough space to be sure) is photos - and yes I am a snap-o-holic. When storage space is low, one can't even view their own photos, sure you can keep snapping away, but you can't see the outcome until you make more space. Browsing the internet is a no-no, and even receiving messages becomes a problem. There are ways of keeping space free; setting the phone to delete old messages and emails, uploading pictures to your computer and keeping on top of your data history is a good solution.

        But it's not just the storage problem. The phones are constantly wanting to update! This isn't a massive problem with the ChaCha (well, mine won't update because there isn't enough 'space'), but I've heard of problems with the HTC's after an update has taken place. The layout of the phone changes, and everything seems to slow down.

        And now the unlock button for my phone is often unresponsive. Very annoying. There's a few other niggling nuisances about the phone; typing on a flat surface is tricky, since the bend in the phone won't allow it to lie flat; plus there's other touchscreen issues, like accidentally putting callers on 'hold' with your ear. But for all its downfalls, I still rate this as a good smart phone. Gone are the days when calling and texting alone would suffice, and this is a good upgrade. Not perfect, but good.

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          18.04.2012 11:10

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          Great cheap smartphone

          Having needed to upgrade my very old phone which could basically could only text and ring,I was new to the smartphone market so my friend recommended thr HTC Cha Cha Cha as a good cheap smartphone which would suit me well, and she was right.Heres a few specifications:

          CPU Speed : 800 mhz
          Memory : 512 MB Rom and 512 MB Ram
          Size and weight : 114.4X64.6X10.7mm, 124 grams
          Display : 2.6-inch touchscreen
          GPS : Internal GPS antenna
          Connectivity : Bluetooth
          Wi-Fi
          3.5mm stereo audio jack
          Standard micro usb
          Camera : 5 Megapixel with auto focus and Led flash
          Expansion Slot: Micro sd card

          The phone comes with a quick guide,earphones and a charger. It has a clear touchscreen and a big qwerty keyboard thats a bit bigger than a Blackberrys with raised keys which is easy to use especially if you have big fingers as I do so I dont make so many mistakes! You can access facebook easy as it has a dedicated facebook button so you can share your music and photos in one touch.
          The camera I find very clear it has a flash and takes very good photos. When I brought my Cha Cha Cha I thought it was helpful that you can just transfer all your phone numbers straight across via bluetooth so you dont have to put them all in manually which was very useful for me as I store a lifes worth of numbers in my phone! While your on the internet using the 3G I find it very fast,I have had no problems with it freezing while using and downloading apps. When I have been using the app market or internet I find that you do have to charge it quite a lot which can be a pain if you use it a lot while your out. I should also say that the memory isnt as great as it could be and this would be my only downside to this phone.Overall it does everything a more expensive smartphone and I am quite happy to recomment it.

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          17.04.2012 18:02
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          A good start to the smart phone world

          I needed a new phone and wanted one with all the apps but what to buy? Iphone - it was more expensive than I wanted to currently pay, blackberry - the keyboard was so tiny - then I came across the HTC Cha Cha.

          ***MY DEAL***
          I bought my phone about a year ago now as a pay as you go deal. Do shop around I wanted mine on Vodafone as this is my current provider, there website at the time of writing was offering the phone for about £200 but I decided to check out some local shops Carphone warehouse and phone 4 u had an upgrade for around £180.
          To note however, at this current time 4/12 a year later neither phones 4 u or carphone warehouse sell the model and Vodafone only on pay monthly which did not give a figure so I guess it is free with a package.
          The phone can be bought on www.ebay.co.uk sometimes for around £60 or £130 on www.Amazon.co.uk new so do your homework if you want one.

          ****SIZE, WEIGHT AND DESIGN****
          These are the first things that attract many people to a new phone, so I thought I would start here.
          Size - 114.4x64.6x10.7mm and weighs 124grams. Screen size is 2.6 inches. Plus QWERTY keyboard.
          800mHz processor
          2G/3G wi-fi and Bluetooth with around 6 hours talk time and 7 hours 3G.
          GPS and MP3 player plus 5 mega pixel camera.
          Along with this you get all the usual things with phones these days such as calculator, alarms, stopwatch, calendar etc which you can top up with applications from android market websites.


          ***SO WHAT DO YOU GET AND IS IT ANY GOOD***
          The phone comes with a good specification which I will list here as per manufacturer and try to give my experience of it as I go.

          The phone comes in a neat little cardboard box along with a quick how to use guide, warranty, some earphones and charger which is adaptable for plug or usb.
          Setting up is fairly straight forward, the hardest part I found was sliding the back off is is quite tricky especially once you have it working as you end up pressing buttons by mistake. You need to do this to insert your sim card and memory card/battery.
          The phone once turned on gives you step by step guides to transfer contacts and set up email accounts with Google to use Google apps and the Gmail and HTC hub.
          From there you move on to personalise your screens etc as you do with most phones, which are accessed by touch and slide screens.

          Look, size and design - Ok so it is not the most glamorous looking phone in the world and has been quoted on websites as looking like a calculator, which I can only agree. It has that slightly up slanted back which is good for fitting in the palm of your hand and looking at the screen, but not so aesthetically pleasing to some. The screen is clear and simple to use with the touch screen ability and I found it easy to read from even in bright sunlight. The added advantage of a keyboard is great, slightly bigger than that of the Blackberry by increasing the space between buttons, which makes it easier to use and faster typing without error - although you do get predictive text too.
          It only comes in white or silver as they seem to market it. Not a colour I would normally choose as I am not the best at keeping items such as these clean in my bag etc. Mine I placed inside a leather case which not only kept it clean but also gives the illusion of a slimmer look!

          Camera - A 5 mega pixel camera which is good by many phone standards and takes quite good photos to I think. Useful little button on the key pad to access camera rather than swishing through the touch screen.
          Also comes with an LED flash, auto focus and the ability to record videos.

          Face book - I know Facebook is not everyone's thing but this is a main advantage of this phone it has an automatic sync to your face book account and a special button on the keyboard to link to it. You also get a Facebook update on the front of you screen which updates when on the internet so you can see the latest gossip. Another thing to not about the syn to Facebook is that it automatically inserts your friends phone numbers on your phone if they have put it one Facebook.

          Memory - The phone came with a 2GB memory card but with apps mine soon filled up and I kept getting not enough storage left. I tried to move data from phone to card and vice versa but it still ended the same so I bought a 8 GB card, but yet again the same happened. Maybe I was doing something wrong I don't know but it was annoying and I didn't have millions of data on the phone or photos. To note my friend has the same issue with the wildfire.

          Utilities - The items such as calendar, calculator and alarms etc are all pretty good and I have no complaints in using them.

          Battery - The battery needs charging everyday for lots of use especially internet, but I don't think this is particularly unusual for most smart phones these days.

          ****OVERALL***
          It is a good little phone for the new person to smart phones perhaps a young teenager but I suspected they would quickly outgrow it and get bored. Perhaps more for the older generation who can't be doing with all the hype but want a little taster of apps with a keyboard to play with.


          Review maybe posted on dooyoo and ciao under the same username.

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            21.03.2012 10:52
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            A good quality Android phone with a Qwerty keyboard and touch screen technology

            The HTC ChaCha combines touch screen technology with a full Qwerty keyboard. After persevering for several months with a Samsung Galaxy, which was purely touch screen and almost impossible to text from (unless you have tiny fingers and the patience of a saint), I was desperate for a phone with a Qwerty keyboard. But I also wanted a phone with the Android operating system, which ruled out buying a BlackBerry. After doing extensive research, the HTC ChaCha ticked all the boxes and had lots of good reviews all over the internet.

            The Qwerty keyboard is perfectly spaced and easy to use, with a separate menu for special symbols. There is also a dedicated Facebook button at the bottom of the phone that allows you to access your account quickly. The touch screen is used for most things, aside from typing texts and emails, and comes complete with hot spots for quickly accessing menus and search facilities.

            The camera is a respectable 5mp and can be used as a traditional or front-facing camera (which also serves as a mirror). Unfortunately, there isn't much phone memory to spare once you've installed the basics, but you can maximize the space by moving most of the applications to your SD card.

            The sleek outer design looks well-made and good quality, and is just the right size to hold. Initially, I found the phone to be a bit too slippery for texting, but using a rubber skin to cover the back of the phone and prevent slipping has solved the problem.

            Overall, the HTC ChaCha is my favourite phone so far for its ease of use and having all the features that I need.

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            11.02.2012 13:13
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            A powerful little smartphone capable of holding its own against any smartphone on the market.

            Ever considered buying an iphone but have held back because of the price? Then this is the solution for you. The Chacha is the cheap alternative to many expensive smartphones on the market and without significant compromise.

            It's responsive touchscreen and wide qwerty keypad make it an intuitive and easy interface for the user. Owning an ipod touch myself, I've come to the conclusion that the qwerty keypad is the easiest method of input for writing on a phone and in my experience this is the best qwerty keypad I have encountered to date(surpassing Blackberry and Nokia qwerty pads). The dedicated facebook button is purely optional, and if you don't own a facebook account, the phone in no way forces you to make one.

            Asthetically, it sits comfortably in the palm with a nice aluminium band wrapping around it, giving it a feel of quality. The curve in the middle feels completely natural - so don't be put off by it. In fact I would go so far as to say that it protects it from damage, as the concave form shelters the screen from damage.

            The Chacha offers the full diversity of the android market, where you can easily navigate to and any app that strikes your fancy. Its a powerful little smartphone that can hold its own against any other smartphone on the market. Don't be put off by the smaller screen - its quite clear.

            The phone offers a surprising scope of compatibility with online video play, supporting sites such as blip.tv, where my ipod touch has failed. In the event of the phone not being able to play a media format, the android market comes to the rescue, offering more software to aid your media viewing experience.

            Of course the phone comes with all the basic functionality of a modern smartphone, i.e email, calendar, wifi, 3g, and its very customisable software can easily be supplemented by the android market.


            The only downsides I have encountered are these two:

            The battery life is not great. It will last a day, which is good enough for your average working day, but if you're going to be away from any source of power, then the Chacha isn't the solution. However, this is to be expected of any android phone on the market, and this can be helped by disabling wifi and 3g in the settings.

            If you are not restrained in downloading apps, you may find that the internal memory is used rather quickly. However, this is remedeed somewhat by the 2GB microsd card supplied with the phone. But beware that some apps will use some internal memory regardless.

            All in all, the HTC Chacha has something to offer everyone - great compatability, software, communication, a diverse range of apps, and a fantastic user experience. I thoroughly recommend it.

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            04.01.2012 22:40

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            Would not recommend

            I bought an HTC ChaCha as I was not happy with the phone I was contracted with, so wanted something that would better suit my needs.

            At first I loved the ChaCha, the qwerty keyboard is excellent and really easy to type on, much better than the Blackberry keyboard!

            The fact that it also has a touch screen, mixing the benefits of a real keyboard and the benefits of a touchscreen was brilliant, it felt like a Blackberry and an Iphone in one. The android app market is great too.

            The only downside to the ChaCha is the internal memory, and it's a BIG DOWNSIDE!

            You can only store 512mb of internal memory, I bought a memory card and thought that would solve my problem, but it didn't. You can only move some apps to your memory card...everything that is built in (e.g. lots of apps that are built in) and any photos/videos you take get saved on the phones internal memory.

            In the ONE MONTH that I kept this phone I had 2 songs, 2 photos and a 2 to 3 apps saved to it, and each time I tried to open my photos it told me I didn't have enough memory free to access them! VERY annoying.

            So I would not recommend this phone, it's a shame though because if the internal memory allowed it, this would be a great little phone.

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            23.12.2011 01:05

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            Phone that you can use for most things and download apps and browse internet quickly

            I wanted a new phone as my contract was up for renewal but didnt want a phone that was a full touch screen or had no touch screen at all as the screen on my other phone was playing up. I pay £30 for this on contract on orange which was no change to my current tarriff. I was set on the idea i did not want a blackberry as everybody has these and wanted to be different. I saw this one advertised on a billboard which said coming soon to orange. I decided to look online and see what features it has and also what package i could have it on.
            This phone is very good in the way you can browse the menu either using the screen or the QWERTY keyboard and it seems to be very responsive and does not freeze when you try to open programmes.

            The internet is very fast and i dont seem to have a problem getting on the internet especially when you can either use orange internet or wireless. Google maps and navigation is perfect it seems to work really quickly and you can also use the places function where it will tell you where the local ATM machines are or a local cinema which seemed to be useful after taking a recent trip to Newcastle.

            The call volume seems to be high enough and also the vibration i can actually feel which is useful if i forget to turn my phone off silent.
            The facebook button is useful as i always seem to be on facebook and by pressing it you can change your status.
            The camera is brilliant and you can upload pictures straight away or bluetooth, email you name it you can do it.

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            17.10.2011 12:21

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            not a bad phone for a teenager and low cost

            I have had my HTC CHA CHA now for just over a month. I got it as it had the best of both worlds with a touch screen and a full QWERTY keyboard. However i was soon to be disapointed as the phone icon disappered in the first few days so could only call number saved in my phone book. Everytime i use an app i get the force close message and have to reset. The phone resets itself constantly. The good things though, it has a decent camera with a flash and you can upload straight to facebook. And it also has a dedicated facebook button, you can get updates straight to your front screen to on the clock widget.... The touchscreen is decent and fluid. And has easy to set up email etc. So if you can live with the apps closing all the time its not too bad . The Battery is ok too for an adroide phone, you get a full day with good use .

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          HTC ChaCha has a Facebook button that lets you share just about anything with just one touch. Take a photo - straight to Facebook. Make a video - straight to Facebook. Show whatever, whenever, at the touch of a button.

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          Product Description: HTC ChaCha - smartphone - WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
          Product Type: Smartphone - 3G
          Service Provider: Not specified
          Mobile Services: YouTube
          Form Factor: Full keyboard - touch screen
          Dimensions (WxDxH): 65 mm x 11 mm x 114 mm
          Weight: 120 g
          Technology: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
          Band: WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
          Integrated Components: Digital camera, 2nd camera, digital player, GPS receiver
          Wireless Interface: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
          Display: Colour - 2.6"
          Input Device(s): Touch sensitive screen, QWERTY keyboard
          Operating System: Google Android
          User Interface: HTC Sense
          Instant Messaging Services: Yes
          Mobile Email Client: Yes
          Supported Social Networks and Blogs: Twitter, Flickr, Facebook
          Internet Browser: Yes
          Digital Player (Recorder): WAV, WMA, AAC, AMR, MP3, OGG, MIDI , MPEG-4, WMV, 3GP
          Supported Flash Memory Cards: microSDHC
          Talk Time: Up to 450 minutes
          Standby Time: Up to 660 hours
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