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Introduced earlier this year at the MWC 2011 in the form of the ChaCha, the HTC Status is a phone designed for those of you who use Facebook a lot, as it comes with a dedicated button which makes it considerably easier to post status updates, upload photos, share links, and more. It has a compact slate design that reminds us of other messaging handsets and it measures 4.5 x 2.5 x 0.42 inches. It is clad in an attractive matte-white plastic unibody shell and it’s adorned with silver accents that imitate brushed metal.
The highlight of the phone is without any doubt the QWERTY keyboard which is extremely spacious and wide, featuring large, oval and raised keys that manage to provide a nice clicking sensation. Even though it lacks a dedicated number row, the good news is that the number keypad has been highlighted in blue.
In order to make room for this spacious keyboard, HTC had to make a compromise with the size of the screen which measures only 2.6 inches. It is a HVGA-resolution touchscreen display that is simply too small because you will feel that your fingers are occupying too much real estate while navigating around. In addition, the text is not very easy to read and you need to be extra careful when tapping smaller buttons. On the flip side, the screen itself is quite good, being very responsive, colorful and sharp.
Above the display you’ll notice a small LED indicator along with a VGA front-facing camera. Below the screen are the usual Android touch sensitive buttons for home, menu, back and search. On the left spine sits the volume rocker, while on top HTC has installed the 3.5mm headset jack and the power/lock key.
The HTC Status is running on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) which means that it offers one-touch text selection, the possibility to access the front-facing camera from the camera application, and other features as well. As for features, it offers Bluetooth with A2DP stereo support, Wi-Fi and GPS. We should mention that you have the possibility to use the smartphone as a mobile hot-spot for up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices.
Being an Android smartphone, you get the usual Google services like Google Maps, Gmail, Google Voice Search, Google Talk, YouTube, Places, Latitude and others as well. Also on board are HTC Likes, HTC Hub, AT&T Shop Music, Yellow Pages, Weather, AT&T Code Scanner, AT&T Navigator and AT&T Family Map.
The HTC Status has a 1,250 mAh lithium-ion battery that is rated to last for up to 16.6 days in standby mode or up to 6.5 hours of talk time. Its digital SAR rating, according to FCC’s radiation tests, is of 1.04 W/kg.