HTC ChaCha Review


Welcome to the 2011 HTC ChaCha review page. The new HTC ChaCha is one of the few implementations of the Android OS in a Blackberry style mobile phone.  For a first attempt the ChaCha succeeds at being something that could find a dedicated owner, specifically those whose lives evolve around Facebook.  The convenience of a keypad, touch screen with widgets running updates with the live wallpapers will make them love the phone. The recommended retail price for the HTC ChaCha at release is $199 as a pre-paid package.

The construction of the ChaCha is pretty good considering it’s position as a reasonably priced mobile phone. The real metal parts and clean design including it’s weight makes it feel good to hold, unlike the other all phones in the same price bracket… It is just like the HTC Wildfire S in terms of presentation and that it probably the best made and feeling phone in this class.

The ChaCha’s hardware is a mixture of high end and low end which makes it hard to categorize, except to say that it is focused at being a mobile connection to social networks, in particular Facebook. The 800Mhz CPU is good like wise the keypad, GPS, Radio, Wi-Fi and everything else you’d need in 2011. The only short falls worth mentioning is the basic spec camera and size of the screen which could have be a bigger, which there is plenty of space for.

The only criticism that can be made of the ChaCha is aimed at the Android OS. It is clearly not designed for button pushers and the smaller screen, although works well enough thanks to the touch screen. It reminds use of the Nokia E6 except that the ChaCha is smoother in operation. Furthermore the ChaCha does work better than the Blackberry’s. The various apps do not look right on the smaller screen either – which is expected but at least it will last a day or two more than the larger full touch screen phones before needing a full recharge.

Overall the HTC ChaCha is a decent well priced mobile phone for those into Facebook.


  • HTC ChaCha
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900
    Dual-band 3G 850/2100
    HSDPA 7.2 Mbits data speed (download)
  • Design
    Touch screen
  • L114.4 x W64.6 x D10.7 mm
    Weight 124 grams
  • Display/s
    External 2.6 Inch TFT 480 x 320
  • Camera
    LED Flash
  • Video Camera
    Front and rear
  • Connectivity
    Bluetooth V3.0
  • CPU
  • Memory
    Up to 512MB available to user
    MicroSD up to 32Gig
  • Ring tones
    MIDI, MP3, Video, vibration and others
  • Features
    Accelerometer (G-Sensor)
    Light Sensor
    FM Radio
    Music and Media player
    SMS, MMS, IM, Email
    FM radio
    Speaker Phone/Hands free
    Li-Po 1250mAh battery
    Up to 640 hours Standby
    Up to 450 minutes Talk Time
  • Price history
    Under $199 AUS 2010 (Pre-paid)