Our Verdict

A splendid effort at taking the BlackBerry masses away from RIM and onto a deeper Facebook Android experience.

For

  • Great Facebook integration
  • Thought-out UI
  • Typing is a dream
  • Small battery with a long life and quick charge
  • Responsive touchscreen

Against

  • Screen sometimes feels too small
  • Camera could be better
  • Flash on websites doesn't work properly
  • Chin makes the design look odd
  • Awful name

Let's get one thing straight: the HTC ChaCha is not the Facebook phone. It's not manufactured by Facebook. But let's get another thing straight, too: the HTC ChaCha is the Facebook experience

And it's even endorsed to a certain extent by the King of the network, Mark Zuckerberg, who gave a sermon about it at the phone's launch.

You can check out TechRadar's exclusive video review of the HTC Cha Cha

HTC chacha in hand

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HTC has taken its already winning Sense interface and remoulded it with a big blue 'F' at the centre - something the notoriously quiet Facebook founder went on record as saying he's "very happy" with and, in a nod to the future, how they "look forward to a lot more to come".

HTC chacha facebook key

Rocking the latest Android iteration, Gingerbread 2.3.3 and fully capable of a dance-off with some other 3G-capable Android devices, it's due to hit stores any day now, with a sim-free price tag around £250, and a contract offering of around £20 per month.

That's probably too much for the 14-21 age bracket the ChaCha is evidently aimed at, though we'd imagine Pay As You Go offerings might make it a little cheaper too.