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HTC First and Facebook Home Hands-on (Updated: Video Added)

HTC First - Facebook Home

Now that the live event is over, Facebook is giving the press a chance to take a look at their newly announced HTC First device running their also newly announced Facebook Home. The First sports a 4.3″ 720p display, runs a Snapdragon 400 dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 5MP rear camera, connects over AT&T’s 4G LTE network, and sports Android 4.1 underneath their custom launcher. It’ll come in 4 colors (white, black, red, and pale blue) at a price of $99.99 with new 2-year contract. The first can be pre-ordered starting today and will launch April 12. 

As you have seen from the press shots, the device itself carries a unique circular home button with back and minus softkeys to its sides, arrangement. The overall exterior appears mostly to be unibody, with a singular color scheme depending on which color you are looking at. It’s not incredibly thin by any means, but still thin enough. You can call it “iPhone-ish” if you’d like, however, I’d just wager that it looks like most touch-screen smartphones these days. Or if you needed to compare it to one in particular, how about the Incredible 2 or Incredible 4G LTE? If anything, this is about as minimal as you’ll see from a manufacturer. There are few logos, only subtle HTC, Facebook, and AT&T logos towards the bottom back.


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  • Kevin Hill

    I would actually want them to fix their normal phone app before doing something as intense as this.

  • Sam Genchi

    My opinion is that this is a complete waste of time and effort. This is apparently what all of their crappy programmers have been working on while ignoring the endless amount of negative feedback on their own FB app that would be on every phone out there. This is unnecessary in just about every way.

  • jclokwork

    Oddly enough, if this was a Google+ themed phone, my eyebrows might raise a little.

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  • NexusMan

    I don’t want to go to a bookmark page to actually use my phone as a phone.

  • pblakk

    this is far too much f-ing facebook news for one day.

  • Mordecaidrake

    It looks pretty, but I’m using Facebook less and less and don’t particularly care to see all my friends ugly photos updating live on my wallpaper.

  • Brian Wolfman

    I use Facebook and must say this is the dumbest thing. Basically they want a phone that does all Facebook and nothing else? What if….wait for it….they just updated the actual android app to be cool? I know, I’m so smart and ahead of my time.

  • Jimneezy

    I’ll be totally honest, because this looks like it runs stock android, if I could delete anything facebook related on this phone it might not be that bad as a nice back up phone, hopefully it has an unlocked boot loader (although I hardly believe that’s the case with HTC track record)

  • carlisimo

    A 4.3″ 720p phone? I can definitely get excited about that.

  • Prime7

    More reason to get a Nexus.

  • James Watson

    Did no one else notice how completely awful this guy showing off the phone was? He had no idea what he was talking about!!! “Ummm… Uhhh…” Ha! And I loved Tim very subtly making fun of him and this phone with his comments.

  • Tyler Casilio

    I’m not just saying this because I don’t like Facebook, but I’m feeling a “fail” vibe from this, but not right away. Over a period of time

  • Ryan Borden

    Why did Google let this happen?

  • Guest

    Ryan B

  • sean.yesmunt

    I’m suprised there wasn’t any, “One like = 1 Prayer” or “Like for heaven, ignore for hell” or whatever spam/garbage/weird pictures that I don’t want to see on my Facebook timeline.

  • So the minus button is really just a menu button? How horrible. Android shouldn’t have a menu button. Stop putting it on new devices.

  • Guest

    When historians look back at why the Android platform failed…..it will lead to this moment in time…

  • brad kou

    i definitely like the idea of those bubbles as quick access to chats. maybe integration for facebook messenger

  • dylan84

    When I have nightmares about skinned Android, this is what they are about.

  • NCSUgolfer01

    How do you charge this thing? I see no USB port in those pictures.

  • Launcher looks pretty smooth. If we can take anything from this, it’ll be that we know there are developers out there that will be inspired by this and possibly create a Google(+) launcher or just bite some of the good ideas that have been implemented here

  • Pretty soon you won’t even have to go out of your house to hang out… too much conversation going on without actually speaking. Pretty ridic

  • Granted

    Seriously, I cannot think of anything more horrible than a Facebook themed and controlled Android phone. Well, that is not entirely true, having a phone controlled by the censor king Vevo, that would actually be worse to me.

    But, when I think of all the myriad ways Facebook has intruded into our lives, with forced Facebook signups and sign ins, and just all the other terrible ways that they have creeped into everything digital. I can pretty much forsee this idea perishing, I hope. But what I hope most is that this garbage home replacement is not forced on to regular phones we buy, especially without a way to get rid of it.

    • Tyler

      I can, they’re called iPhones.

    • fortheloveoftech

      Its just a launcher, just like sense, touchwiz, and motoblur. You can bitch about them all you want or you can just download Go Launcher, APEX , Nova or an equivalent and never have to see it again. Its ANDROID, meaning open source. Not Apple meaning, you’re stuck with what they give you.

  • Hipsters, old people and girls in high school now have one more thing in common!

  • Eion

    If I were a 16yr old girl I’d be excited for this >_>

    • memnoch73

      Nope my step daughter just turned 15. She’s had an OG Droid, Droid 3 and now has a GSIII. She would laugh at this…

    • Dorian Brooks

      12yr old maybe.

  • Jason Brown

    was looking forward to a “hey guys, it’s kellen from droid-life…” lol

    • Tyler

      They’re saving that for the unboxing video/review.

  • wm snyder

    Did i hear Tim ask if it can run Google+?……SNAP!!!…lol

  • OK … I’m on Facebook and use it daily … but I really don’t need it to take over my entire phone! Plus … this phones specs are quite weak. So … for me … no to the launcher and for sure a “HELL NO” on the HTC First!

  • tharealoc

    HAHAHA this is the same video Chris Chavez posted on phandroid but from a different angle. Gotta love the friendships between sites

    • dqw

      Phandroid likes to bite off other sites and not put a link to where they got the story. The last one I noticed was the cell phone being forty no link to the site they got it and the image snatched from the comments. It’d be all good if they gave props but I’m done going there

  • Bassdj

    Okay everyone might hate me, but am I the only one who is excited for this? I like the idea of this.

    • safsadf

      Yes. You are the only one excited for this.

    • Richard

      You’d be the “First”

      • Bassdj

        Ha ha haa its funny because he used first which is a pun because the phone is called the “First” ha ha! Lol

    • Dorian Brooks

      You’d be the “ONLY” Oh, wait. That one’s from LG.

    • carluverdrm2004

      I don’t hate it, I think it looks pretty cool.

  • Michael G

    Is it just me or is Big Zuck moving Facebook’s UI more and more towards a G+ish look?

    • carlisimo

      Wasn’t Facebook one of the earlier ‘flat’ sites to become popular?

      • Michael G


        • carlisimo

          In design terms. Flat, as in minimalistic, without gradients and 3d effects. Google’s pushed a lot of the industry in that direction, but Facebook may have started to do that years before.

          • Michael G

            Oh I see what you mean. I don’t necessarily think Facebook was “going for” that look. What I’m saying is Google developed a look to G+ that stood out and I feel that after seeing this Home BS that Facebook has obviously been somewhat inspired by it. That’s just my opinion though.

  • ChristianJohnson

    You definitely won’t see me “first” in line…

    • jayray78

      OK, I’ll do it. I see what you did there. lol

  • Austin Warren

    Seriously thought that as an iPhone for a minute. Good thing HTC has a deal with Apple or they’d be toast.

    • wow…. looking nothing like an iphone…

      • Austin Warren

        Open your eyes?

        • Kevin McDole

          Maybe an iPod Touch, but that’s a stretch.

          • NexusPhan69

            Ha. Stretch. Because of the 16:9 screen ratio versus 3:2. I got. Pretty sneaky there Kevin.

          • Guest

            I don see how it looks like an iphone, no aluminum, no glass back, no physical home button, 3 capacitive buttons, looks like a slight curve on the glass bezel, soft touch back…need I go on?

        • I don see how it looks like an iphone, no aluminum, no glass back, no physical home button, 3 capacitive buttons, looks like a slight curve on the glass bezel, soft touch back, no aluminum band…need I go on?

          • ERIC REED

            The placement of the power button, the volumn up/down, the placement of the camera/flash and the circle for the home button. This thing is almost identical to an iPhone.

          • Okay so since the home button is a capacitive circle its an iPhone? the iPhone home button has a square on it and thats the only thing you can compare to a capacitive button and I hate to say it but there is quite a few phones with cameras there…

          • ERIC REED

            Okay I held up my iphone 5 next to the picture and besides the different front camera placement it was spot on..

          • you must be blind and not see a phone design instead you see a rectangle and there for everything looks like an iPhone.

          • ERIC REED

            I guess the writers on the Verge and a lot of other people must be blind also…

      • Dylan Patel

        Dude, it’s rectangle with a touchscreen. Obviously it’s an iPhone copy cat.

        • I know right.

      • LionStone

        He needs glasses.

    • Tech Pro

      No Physical press button and not hiding side buttons. S3/4/5 are more iPhone-like than this one.


      This thing is crazy close to an iPhone.

  • Josh Flowers

    if only MySpace had tried this before it went under–maybe then it could have salvaged it’s fleeting users. durr.

  • Brandal Wagener

    I found it interesting that the Chat Heads are circles. Looks eerily similar to another social media website I know

    • Yeah they definitely should have gone with triangles. That would only make sense.

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  • BTLS

    what a crappy day at DL for someone who hates facebook…

    • I’m with you there. I’m enjoying the slagging off that this home replacement piece of garbage is getting on G+ though 😛

    • Liderc

      Oh you’re such a badass for hating facebook.

      This phone looks like a joke, but facebook has its uses and there’s no denying a billion people.

      • Thank God someone says it. I’m a Google+ and Twitter person myself, but damn. Everyone has their preferences.

      • ooh, a clever variation of the “you’re so cool” argument I miss from high school so much. NO OPINIONS ALLOWED IF YOU DON’T <3 FB!!!!!11!!!!1

        • BTLS

          What a tool…

          You probably do need this phone – to show off your new tribal tattoo to all your fat ex boyfriends from school.

          • Not me! I don’t want this phone OR tribal tattoos…

      • ynksbsbll2

        I’m pretty sure he meant it would suck to be a DL writer today. You hate Facebook, but you’d have to write articles about Facebook Home anyway.

        • BTLS

          THANK YOU for not being a tool & getting it! Liderc, Ben Landwehr, & Dublicioushaven’t get a LOT of guys on FB so I can see why there are defending it so much though, so it’s cool.

      • JMonkeYJ

        i would definitely deny the 1 billion people. do you really believe there aren’t an enormous number of fake/duplicate accounts? not that i’m an FB hater, but there’s no way they have 1 billion actual users.

        • Matt Fein

          It was 1 billion uses in 1 month so if an account had one logged activity within a month it was included the 1 billion “active” users there are probably more “inactive” accounts

        • michael arazan

          Over half the users are companies using the free service to push their crap for free advertisements.

      • BTLS

        I know I’m badass… And I know that you at least tried touching a penis since you joined FB… You must have if you honestly felt the need to call me out as a “badass” when all I was doing was stating that if you aren’t in love with FB to actually get a special phone for it, then its a bad news day because every other post was about it.

        Go ahead and just try 2 more men, maybe even at the same time, and hopefully you’ll loosen up, buddy guy pal!

    • Yeah everyone is acting like they are being forced to buy it.