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I needed a new phone and wanted one with all the apps but what to buy? Iphone - it was more expensive than I wanted to currently pay, blackberry - the keyboard was so tiny - then I came across the HTC Cha Cha.
***MY DEAL*** I bought my phone about a year ago now as a pay as you go deal. Do shop around I wanted mine on Vodafone as this is my current provider, there website at the time of writing was offering the phone for about £200 but I decided to check out some local shops Carphone warehouse and phone 4 u had an upgrade for around £180. To note however, at this current time 4/12 a year later neither phones 4 u or carphone warehouse sell the model and Vodafone only on pay monthly which did not give a figure so I guess it is free with a package. The phone can be bought on www.ebay.co.uk sometimes for around £60 or £130 on www.Amazon.co.uk new so do your homework if you want one.
****SIZE, WEIGHT AND DESIGN**** These are the first things that attract many people to a new phone, so I thought I would start here. Size - 114.4x64.6x10.7mm and weighs 124grams. Screen size is 2.6 inches. Plus QWERTY keyboard. 800mHz processor 2G/3G wi-fi and Bluetooth with around 6 hours talk time and 7 hours 3G. GPS and MP3 player plus 5 mega pixel camera. Along with this you get all the usual things with phones these days such as calculator, alarms, stopwatch, calendar etc which you can top up with applications from android market websites.
***SO WHAT DO YOU GET AND IS IT ANY GOOD*** The phone comes with a good specification which I will list here as per manufacturer and try to give my experience of it as I go.
The phone comes in a neat little cardboard box along with a quick how to use guide, warranty, some earphones and charger which is adaptable for plug or usb. Setting up is fairly straight forward, the hardest part I found was sliding the back off is is quite tricky especially once you have it working as you end up pressing buttons by mistake. You need to do this to insert your sim card and memory card/battery. The phone once turned on gives you step by step guides to transfer contacts and set up email accounts with Google to use Google apps and the Gmail and HTC hub. From there you move on to personalise your screens etc as you do with most phones, which are accessed by touch and slide screens.
Look, size and design - Ok so it is not the most glamorous looking phone in the world and has been quoted on websites as looking like a calculator, which I can only agree. It has that slightly up slanted back which is good for fitting in the palm of your hand and looking at the screen, but not so aesthetically pleasing to some. The screen is clear and simple to use with the touch screen ability and I found it easy to read from even in bright sunlight. The added advantage of a keyboard is great, slightly bigger than that of the Blackberry by increasing the space between buttons, which makes it easier to use and faster typing without error - although you do get predictive text too. It only comes in white or silver as they seem to market it. Not a colour I would normally choose as I am not the best at keeping items such as these clean in my bag etc. Mine I placed inside a leather case which not only kept it clean but also gives the illusion of a slimmer look!
Camera - A 5 mega pixel camera which is good by many phone standards and takes quite good photos to I think. Useful little button on the key pad to access camera rather than swishing through the touch screen. Also comes with an LED flash, auto focus and the ability to record videos.
Face book - I know Facebook is not everyone’s thing but this is a main advantage of this phone it has an automatic sync to your face book account and a special button on the keyboard to link to it. You also get a Facebook update on the front of you screen which updates when on the internet so you can see the latest gossip. Another thing to not about the syn to Facebook is that it automatically inserts your friends phone numbers on your phone if they have put it one Facebook.
Memory - The phone came with a 2GB memory card but with apps mine soon filled up and I kept getting not enough storage left. I tried to move data from phone to card and vice versa but it still ended the same so I bought a 8 GB card, but yet again the same happened. Maybe I was doing something wrong I don’t know but it was annoying and I didn’t have millions of data on the phone or photos. To note my friend has the same issue with the wildfire.
Utilities - The items such as calendar, calculator and alarms etc are all pretty good and I have no complaints in using them.
Battery - The battery needs charging everyday for lots of use especially internet, but I don’t think this is particularly unusual for most smart phones these days.
****OVERALL*** It is a good little phone for the new person to smart phones perhaps a young teenager but I suspected they would quickly outgrow it and get bored. Perhaps more for the older generation who can’t be doing with all the hype but want a little taster of apps with a keyboard to play with.
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