HTC ChaCha Review


Touch and type phones are really very less around the world right now. Samsung makes them, HTC makes then, so does Nokia and also Blackberry. HTC ChaCha is one of the finest of them all for a very good price. The design of the phone is really different than any other phone that you must have seen. The HTC ChaCha is one of their low budget phones and yet the built quality is absolutely amazing. HTC gives you options for not just different types of basic hardware but also for the most number of different mobile Operating System. HTC has done a pretty great job in crafting this phone.


Some might think the structure of the phone is kind of awkward but it is really striking to one’s eye. The phone is bent on both halves through the centre. It can never lay flat of any surface. If you would like to use the phone by simply lying laying it down on the table or a solid surface or even the bed, the phone will rock and you may find some difficulty in using it. But there are no problems when it is in your hands. The QWERTY keyboard has keys that are kind of small even for the average hand but once you get used to the spacing you can type it down comfortably. Volume rockers and the microUSB slot, both are placed on the left side of the phone. There is a dedicated Facebook buttons for the Facebook buffs who want to pull it off from anywhere. There is a very nice cold and smooth finish to the phone, it really feels worth the money when you hold it. As we always say HTC pays attention to the details of the build and feel of the phone.


HTC ChaCha has a 2.6 inch TFT Capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480×320 pixels with a pixel density of 222ppi. There is somewhat pixilation visible on the display. It is not very dense but quiet nice. The colors are not as accurate as they are on basic HTC phones. The overall saturation has missed the mark by quiet a mile. HD content looks very average on the display be it videos or images. Black levels should have been a whole lot better because frankly they are really terrible on this phone. Viewing angle is very narrow when you compare it to most of the phones from its year batch. You wont be watching or playing too much on the phone not just because of the overall display but because the design could be a shot back at you.


Camera is a strong point for HTC ChaCha because the 5MP camera on board is exceptional. The colors that the sensor captures are really good; you can say it is quiet close to true colors that you see from the eye. The saturation is pretty much under control and the detailing is great too. Resolution of the images is maximum about 2592×1944 pixels. The sensor can auto focus but there is no touch to focus for the primary sensor. You also have a front camera which is a VGA one, but it is not that great. The front camera captures images which are pretty noisy even under good tube light conditions. Video recording is done in 480p quality which is pretty standard and does not look really great. HTC has surprisingly not put a night mode for the camera but it does come with LED flash.


HTC ChaCha works on the HTC Sense v2.1 UI and operating system on the phone is the most popular Android version available, not its not v4 or v4.2 Jelly Bean- it’s the older v2.3 Gingerbread operating system. The Sense UI works really well along with the operating systems but there is not much you can do with what is available on the tiny 2.6 inch display. Google Play store has tons of categories to choose from and on Android vast numbers of applications are free. It is a pretty great technology ecosystem they have made for both the users and the developers. Customization is there but there is not much you can do with that tiny display. But it is one of the finest UIs on the market right now without a doubt.

Performance and Memory

Processor and RAM comprise for the core and the most crucial part of the phone because it dictate how things work. If you have a great camera or great display it won’t be of any use if the phone responds really badly or the apps fail to open quickly and smoothly. The phone has an 800MHz processor and 512 MB of RAM which is pretty great. Response time is quick and htc have always made the touch really responsive. Lag is still experienced as it is a lower end phone, but it lags more than often in the long run. Internal memory is about 2GB and expandable to 32GB. Bluetooth and microUSB slots are used to transfer files or while connecting through the 3rd party software.

Final Thoughts

Hands down it is the best low end touch and type phone. But for an overall android device, there is way better stuff out there at much cheaper rates. It is old now, pretty old if you are considering it now. Display should have been like a typical HTC display but it is not. The speakers are good, the camera is great. But the phone is missing the wow standout factor.

HTC ChaCha comes for Rs. 9399

In Sales PackageHandset, Battery, Charger (EU), Headset, 2 GB microSD Card, Data Cable, Safety and Regulatory Guide, Quick Start Guide, Customer Care Card, Warranty Card
Model IDChacha
SIM TypeSingle SIM, GSM, (Not Applicable)
Touch ScreenYes, Capacitive
KeypadYes, QWERTY
Business FeaturesDocument Viewer, Document Editor, Pushmail
Call FeaturesConference Call, Speed Dialing, Hands Free, Loudspeaker, Call Divert
Handset ColorSilver White
Operating FreqGSM – 850, 900, 1800, 1900; UMTS – 2100
OSAndroid v2.3 (Gingerbread)
User InterfaceHTC Sense
Processor800 MHz
Size2.6 Inches
ResolutionHVGA, 480 x 320 Pixels
Color256 K
Primary CameraYes, 5 Megapixel
Secondary CameraYes, 0.3 Megapixel
Video RecordingYes, 30 fps
Other Camera FeaturesAuto Focus, Geo-tagging, Face Detection
Size64.6×114.4×10.7 mm
Weight124 g
TypeLi-Ion, 1250 mAh
Talk Time4 hrs (2G)
Standby Time120 hrs (2G)
Included Memory Card2 GB
Expandable MemorymicroSD, upto 32 GB
Memory512 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM
Internet FeaturesEmail
3GYes, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA; 384 kbps HSUPA
WifiYes, 802.11 b/g/n
USB ConnectivityYes, micro USB, v2
TetheringUSB, Wi-fi Hotspot
Navigation TechnologyA-GPS, with Google Maps
BluetoothYes, v3, Supported Profiles (A2DP, FTP, OPP, PBAP)
Audio Jack3.5 mm
Music PlayerYes, Supports MP3, WAV
Video PlayerYes, Supports 3GP, 3G2, MP4, WMV9
RingtoneMP3, WAV
Call MemoryPractically Unlimited
SMS MemoryYes
Phone Book MemoryPractically Unlimited
SensorsAccelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
Additional FeaturesVideo Recording with Flash, MMS Enabled, Clock, Organizer, Widgets, Voice Dialing, Alarm, Stock, Weather, Calendar, Airplane Mode, HTC Caller ID, Internet Calls
Important AppsGoogle Search, Google Mail, Wikipedia, Google Translate, Google Dictionary, YouTube, Google Talk, Facebook, Twitter, Android Market, Flickr, Friend Stream


Author: Sinha

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