1. mstrblueskys's Avatar
    I wonder if they are marketing it to younger smartphone buyers as their 'first' smartphone. Sort of a familiar foray into the smartphone market.

    I actually wouldn't be surprised if this is going to help Android in the long run. What if this facebook phone will to provide some continuity to Android. I will explain what I mean: Apple has the iPod touch. It's a great little device which does darn near everything that the iPhone does besides what requires cell service. Kids get iPod touches, and reasonably so - they are a great device for media. Now think about what happens when these kids grow up and want a smartphone. All of a sudden they are so dependent on the iEcosystem that it would be insane not to get an iPhone.

    Enter Facebook Fone. Now we have a smartphone that young smartphone users can relate to. The HTC First - though not the most graceful name, it does have a certain ring to it. What would you like as your first smartphone? I think it's appealing (granted, the colors are overly pastel-y in my opinion) enough to be a 'cool' phone. And it's cheap enough where parents would probably not mind sending their high schooler to school with it. It's not going to have the insane specs of Mom & Dad's phone, but that is how it should be.

    From the limited amount of use that has been shown, I think this could be a great alternative to the iPhone for first time smartphone buyers who have grown up with facebook. The nice thing about the phone is it looks like it left a lot of pieces of Android vanilla so people can get used to using Android while having the Facebook phone.

    If marketed correctly, this could be great for Android and Facebook. Would people buy a facebook MP3 player?
    04-05-2013 09:19 AM
  2. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    I wonder if they are marketing it to younger smartphone buyers as their 'first' smartphone. Sort of a familiar foray into the smartphone market.

    I actually wouldn't be surprised if this is going to help Android in the long run. What if this facebook phone will to provide some continuity to Android. I will explain what I mean: Apple has the iPod touch. It's a great little device which does darn near everything that the iPhone does besides what requires cell service. Kids get iPod touches, and reasonably so - they are a great device for media. Now think about what happens when these kids grow up and want a smartphone. All of a sudden they are so dependent on the iEcosystem that it would be insane not to get an iPhone.

    Enter Facebook Fone. Now we have a smartphone that young smartphone users can relate to. The HTC First - though not the most graceful name, it does have a certain ring to it. What would you like as your first smartphone? I think it's appealing (granted, the colors are overly pastel-y in my opinion) enough to be a 'cool' phone. And it's cheap enough where parents would probably not mind sending their high schooler to school with it. It's not going to have the insane specs of Mom & Dad's phone, but that is how it should be.

    From the limited amount of use that has been shown, I think this could be a great alternative to the iPhone for first time smartphone buyers who have grown up with facebook. The nice thing about the phone is it looks like it left a lot of pieces of Android vanilla so people can get used to using Android while having the Facebook phone.

    If marketed correctly, this could be great for Android and Facebook. Would people buy a facebook MP3 player?
    You make a few excellent points. This may help Android a lot, and hopefully, HTC. (Personally, I am not an HTC fan, I like Samsung myself, but I also believe that people shouldn't have to choose between Samsung and Apple). However, there are many 1 star reviews on Play and it is pretty split between people hating the poor battery life, from which I am guessing of the near constant refresh rate, or the restriction of the Android feel, as in apps are difficult to get to, and very little customization options. Assuming they can fix these issues quickly, this might be a breath of life to HTC, and boost Android.
    04-16-2013 10:51 PM
  3. japhule's Avatar
    Except younger people are using facebook less and less...

    Why teens are tiring of Facebook | Internet & Media - CNET News
    04-17-2013 01:35 AM

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