HTC First & Facebook Home Review

HTC First -10 Over the last year there has been talk of a Facebook phone, so many investors have implied that the company was working on a mobile device, we even got the ill fated HTC Status the pre-Facebook phone. For a while the consensus was that Facebook was not going to release a device and would focus on just creating a better traditional mobile app. Little did we know that Facebook had been eying a sector of the Android community that has not only generated a lot of avenue but spurred out of the lack of design to put a rom on your Android device. Who would thing Facebook would release and Android themed launcher; yes Facebook home is pretty much that, and I applaud them for the move. So what makes Facebook Home different and how well dos it work with the HTC First?

The HTC First is a very simple yet sleek device with a 4.3-inch 720p Display a 5MP Camera, dual-core Snap dragon 400 processor. The HTC First is light durable and simple, the one downside would be the camera which does take advantage of some of HTC camera technologies. What you have is a 5MP camera that is left without the HTC well know camera features. What you are left is a camera that takes photos at a 4:3 aspect ratio, records at 720 p and does a basically decent job at it.

 

Cover feed
From the moment you wake up your phone you become immersed in cover feed. Cover feed replaces the lock screen and home screen. It’s a window into what’s happening with your friends – friends finishing a bike race, your family sharing a meal or an article about your favorite sports team. These are the beautiful, immersive experiences that you get through Home.
You might have missed these updates before, but now they’re a central part of the Home experience. Since Home is both your lock screen and home screen, the content comes right to you. You can flip through to see more stories, and double tap to like what you see.
Cover feed is for those in-between moments ­like waiting in line at the grocery store or between classes ­when you want to see what’s going on in your world.

 

Chat heads
With chat heads you can keep chatting with friends even when you’re using other apps. When friends send you messages, a chat head appears with your friend’s face, so you see exactly who you’re chatting with. Messages reach you no matter what you’re doing – whether you’re checking email, browsing the web, or listening to music.
You can move chat heads around and respond to messages. And since SMS is integrated into Facebook Messenger for Android, chat heads include Facebook messages as well as texts.

Notifications
Cover feed is great for seeing everything going on in the world. But when something happens that’s more important and directed at you, like a friend posting on your timeline, you’ll receive notifications with their profile pictures.
To open notifications, just tap them. And if you don’t want to deal with them right now, you can just swipe to hide them and keep flipping through cover feed until you want them back

Overall these features have added value though you will find Chat Heads as been one of the most innovative features in recent history in Mobile communication.. Overall Facebook Home is a refreshing step by Facebook, it may not be for all but it is optional and I suggest you give it a try. The HTC first is a well balanced device, granted its as a basic camera. It is still a well balanced and a very solid mid-rangeAndroid smart phone.