The HTC ChahCha is an Android smartphone with a hardware QWERTY keyboard that includes a Facebook button. As such, it was called “Facebook phone” in some quarters. I had a brief playtime with the HTC ChaCha Android smartphone last week. In this post, I share some vital statistics about the device and pictures that I took.
HTC ChaCha Quick Specs
Here are some quick specifications of this smartphone with a hardware QWERTY keyboard:
- Released June 2011
- 2.6 inch, 480 x 320 pixel, TFT capacitive touchscreen, with Gorilla Glass
- Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread)
- 800 MHz processor
- HTC Sense 2.1 UI
- 512 MB RAM
- QWERTY keyboard
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
- 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
In hand, the ChaCha gives the impression of a well-built device. It felt really sturdy. The QWERTY keyboard is very usable with large keys and good tactile feedback. I do think that the placement of the Facebook button is off though.
I also loved the user interface – lots of white space in a clean, elegant way.
Typical of HTC devices, audio reproduction was tinny. I did a comparison with the N8 for a few people present and the difference was as clear as night and day. If HTC’s reputation is anything to go by, I wouldn’t bet on the camera shining either. HTC has never stood out in the multimedia space. If interested in multimedia, you are better off with a Nokia, Apple, Sony Ericsson or Samsung device.
I enjoyed the short time that I spent with the ChaCha. It is a lovely QWERTY device. Here are some pictures:
The ChaCha is in the same price range and class as the Nokia E6, another QWERTY candybar. Audio music quality apart, I’d take this one over the E6.