HTC Chacha is the latest social-networking-oriented, touch and type handset from HTC Mobiles. Off late, Touch and type handsets are on the rise. When we took a short survey with our fans @ 91mobiles facebook fanpage, it was evident that more than 80% prefer both touchscreen and typing capabilities to be present in the same handset.
So, what is HTC Chacha? Do not confuse Chacha with your uncle (Chacha is urdu word for uncle), otherwise HTC would have easily named it as “HTC Uncle”! BTW, HTC has been having some problems with the name ChaCha for a while. In spain, HTC had to rename the phone to “ChaChaCha” as “ChaCha” in spain means “servant” and it was not funny for spaniards to have a HTC servant phone . And there is this human-powered chinese search engine called ChaCha which has sued HTC for the name infringement! So, HTC is launching ChaCha phones in the US under the name HTC Status. So much for the name..
Alright, lets get going. At the outset, ChaCha is a touch-and-type phone with 5 MP Camera, 800 MHz processor and is powered by the latest version of Android Gingerbread OS. When we checked out the phones that are similar to HTC chacha, we got the following list: Samsung Galaxy Pro, Nokia E6, Motorola Charm, Nokia E5 and HTC Salsa. Let’s do a small comparative analysis between these phones.
|Features||ChaCha||Galaxy Pro||Nokia E6||Nokia E5||Charm||Salsa|
|Price||Rs. 15,999||Rs. 8,499||Rs. 16,890||Rs. 8,975||Rs. 8,499||Rs. 20,392|
|Display||2.6 inches||2.8 inches||2.4 inches||2.4 inches||2.8 inches||3.4 inches|
|Keyboard||Full Qwerty||Full Qwerty||Full Qwerty||Full Qwerty||Full Qwerty||No|
|Camera||5 MP with Auto Focus and LED Flash||3.2 MP With Auto Focus||8 MP with Full focus and Dual LED flash||5 MP with Auto Focus and LED Flash||3.2 MP||5 MP with Auto focus and LED flash|
|Front-facing camera||0.3 MP||No||0.3 MP||No||No||0.3 MP|
|Bluetooth||v3.0 + A2DP||v2.1 + A2DP||v2.1 + A2DP||v2.0 + A2DP||v2.0 + A2DP||v3.0 + A2DP|
|OS||Android 2.4||Android 2.2||Symbian Anna||Symbian S60 3rd edition||Android 2.1||Android 2.4|
|3G download||7.2 mbps||7.2 mbps||10.2 mbps||10.2 mbps||3.6 mbps||7.2 mbps|
|3G upload||384 kbps||2.0 mbps||2.0 mbps||2.0 mbps||384 kbps|
|Processor||800 Mhz||800 Mhz||600 Mhz||600 Mhz||800 Mhz|
|Dedicated Facebook key||Yes||No||No||No||No||Yes|
|RAM||512 MB||256 MB||512 MB|
|Battery||1250 mAh||1350 mAh||1500 mAh||1200 mAh||1170 mAh||1520 mAh|
|Talk time (2G)||7.5 hours||11 hours||15 hours||18.5 hours||6.45 hours||10 hours|
|Talk time (3G)||6.5 hours||6 hours||7.5 hours||5.5 hours||5 hours||8 hours|
Bottomline: From the comparison, it is very evident that HTC is charging the premium for being the one of very few Android gingerbread smartphones with touch-and-type form factor and a dedicated facebook key! For that price range, Nokia E6 seems to be a better value for money deal..but unfortunately Nokia is not an android phone..If we strictly compare androids to androids, then HTC chacha has better hardware and software package available. Does that justify the 16k price tag?