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HTC ChaCha review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £214
inc VAT

The ChaCha is perfect for heavy Facebook users, but the small screen makes it trickier to surf the rest of the web


Android 2.2, 2.6in 480×320 display

If you don’t use Facebook, look away now. The whole design of HTC’s ChaCha revolves around the social network. There’s a QWERTY keypad to help you type status updates and send messages, the number keys are picked out in Facebook blue and there’s a little blue ‘f’ button on the phone’s chin, which unlocks a number of Facebook-specific functions.

HTC ChaCha

If you press the ‘f’ button while on the home screen or in a non-supported app, you’re prompted to write something on your own Facebook Wall. If you have the camera open, you can press the button instead of the shutter control to take a photo and be prompted to upload it to Facebook. If you press it while in the Music app, it’ll fill out a status message saying “I’m currently listening to [song name]” – in all cases, you’re prompted before you upload, so there’s no danger of accidentally uploading a picture of the inside of your pocket.

The ChaCha is definitely cute, with its fun name and soft, rounded edges. It’s slightly angled in the middle, so that the screen tilts towards you, making it comfortable to hold. The keyboard is well laid out, although the Space key has been narrowed to make way for a set of cursor controls, which are useful for tasks such as navigating text or moving between fields on a web page. The keys feel well-spaced and have a distinct click that provides excellent feedback, and overall the phone feels solidly built. The four common Android controls – Menu, Home, Back and Search – are handled by touch-sensitive controls under the screen, and there are hardware call answer and end buttons below that.

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Price £214
Rating ****


Main display size 2.6in
Native resolution 480×320
Second Display No
CCD effective megapixels 5-megapixel
Flash LED
Connectivity Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB
GPS yes
Internal memory 512MB
Memory card support microSDHC
Memory card included 0MB
Operating frequencies GSM 850/900/1800/1900, 3G 900/2100
Wireless data EDGE, HSPA, WCDMA
Size 114x65x11mm
Weight 120g


Operating system Android 2.2
Email client POP3/IMAP/Exchange
Audio format support MP3, AAC, AMR, WMA, MIDI, WAV, OGG
FM Radio no
Web Browser Webkit
Accessories charger, USB cable
Talk time 6 hours
Standby time 17.9 days
Tested battery life (MP3 playback) 18h 44m

Buying Information

SIM-free price £214
Price on contract £20-per-month, 18-month contract
SIM-free supplier
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