Yesterday AT&T announced it was taking pre-sale orders for the new HTC Status phone with Facebook Share button. The HTC Status is more than a smartphone, it's a lean mean status-sharing machine aimed at Millenials and other Facebook fiends. Based on my experience, and the reactions of the gaggle of young 20-somethings I shared it with, it could quickly become the go-to phone for the back-to-school shopping season.
It's the first phone with a dedicated Facebook share button, letting your friends and family know what you're doing, who you're with, or where you are - the ultimate status symbol - instantaneous with just one touch. It takes literally one click to instantly share your status, photo or video on Facebook without having to open an app or open a website.
Here's some of the very cool things the HTC Status phone does:
- Instantly post to your wall or a friend's wall when you press the Facebook share button from the home screen of your phone. (Sooo convenient.)
- Take a photo or capture video and share it instantly by pressing the button. Get this! You can also post multiple pictures at once and label and tag them before posting. Or choose to post the photos automatically as you take them.
- Check into Facebook Places automatically by just holding down the Facebook share button from the home screen.
- Share the music you're listening to by simply pressing the Facebook Share button to post the song title and other details.
The HTC Status phone will appear in AT&T stores and online on July 17th (you can pre-order it now) for $49.99 with a two-year contract and a minimum $15 data plan. AT&T will offer a chic white and silver version (with a variety of protective and fashionable cases from Speck and AGF) and Best Buy will also offer it in maeve. I haven't seen the maeve, but I do like the white and silver.
One thing I am wondering, though, is how long until the "f" on the share button is replaced by a "+" for Google+. The phone does run on the Android Gingerbread platform afterall. . .