AT&T is now offering the HTC First, the world’s first smartphone to offer Facebook Home right out of the box. The HTC First (also called as Facebook Phone) is now being offered by AT&T for a price of $99.99 along with a two year contract. And if you are not interested in the contract, then you can pay $449.99 and buy the device right away without having to worry about contracts.
The HTC First is a smartphone that will definitely attract a lot of consumers, specially those who feel that Facebook is a part of their life. The HTC First also has a decent hardware configuration and most importantly might be the only smartphone to offer the Facebook Home at the best level possible.
As far as the technical specs are concerned, the HTC First has a 4.3-inch 720p touchscreen display, 16 GB of internal storage space and a 5 MP Primary Camera. The device has a Qualcomm 400 chipset and is powered by a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, Adreno 305 GPU and 1GB of RAM. The smartphone does not have a micro SD card support meaning that storage expansion is not an option. The device has a decent 2000 mAh Li-Ion battery which should be able to give a good battery backup.
If you are wondering what is so unique about this smartphone, then the answer is simple – Facebook Home. This smartphone will have Facebook Home installed right from the start, meaning you will be able to experience a totally new level of integration on your smartphone when it comes to Facebook. The device will have Facebook as the main user interface and Facebook Home will perform all important duties like pulling in status updates from your friends and integrating Facebook messages with SMS etc.
The device is available in white, black, red and pale blue color options, and if you want to but the HTC First not for Facebook Home but for the design or any other reason, then you can simply turn off Facebook Home. On doing so, the device will get back to a stock build of Android allowing you to use the smartphone as any other Android device.