Product Type: HTC Smartphone
Newest Review: ... 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 d... more
Don't just chat with ChaCha, a quirky smart phone by HTC.
Member Name: caroline1191
Advantages: Good camera, lots of apps, great for social networking, easy to text, email and call.
Disadvantages: Low memory/storage space, constant updates.
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.
Summary: Good, but not perfect.