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HTC ChaCha - The minature iphone
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Date: 11/02/12, updated on 11/02/12 (20 review reads)
Advantages: Great diversity of applications, asthetically pleasing, responsive intuitive touchsreen and keypad,
Disadvantages: A battery life of a day, internal memory can be filed quickly if no careful
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.
Summary: A powerful little smartphone capable of holding its own against any smartphone on the market.
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