HTC First: Pure Facebook Phone (Update: Eyes-On)

By Leslie Horn on at

The HTC First is a new smartphone that's deeply integrated with Facebook Home. The Android phone runs on a modified version of Jelly Bean and it's the only phone to come pre-loaded with Facebook Home.

Facebook Home is the rumoured Facebook phone we've been hearing about for what seems like forever now. It basically replaces the important parts of your phone with all Facebook stuff. Zuck said in the launch event that it's not built around apps, but built around people. It's all about making it easier to communicate with people using Facebook, but using Facebook automatically. So instead of using your regular camera, you're using Facebook Camera, and so forth.

Design-wise, the HTC First looks rather similar to an iPhone. It's thin, has soft edges, and comes in black, white, red, and blue. The phone has a 4.3-inch glass screen, a dual-core Snapdragon processor, with world 3G/4G and multimode LTE.

Update: We got to have a look at some Facebook reps using the HTC First. Home screen navigation appears fast and nimble, with full-screen images flipping past as fast as their finger swipes. Selecting, reordering, grouping, and dismissing the Chat Heads icons was equally responsive with very little lag. Even when running standalone apps like Instagram, the UI appeared quite zippy.

The HTC First is currently available for pre-order in the US, but a UK release date hasn't been given. We do know that it'll appear on EE and Orange at some point, and that it supports LTE, so it's pretty much a given that it'll be a 4G phone once it hits our shores.