HTC Status: Review and Giveaway

Recently, I was able to review the new HTC Status™ thanks to our kind friends at AT&T.

The HTC Status combines the best  features of your typical Blackberry and iPhone devices into one light, versatile, and highly functional Android based smartphone. The Status provides a full qwerty keyboard for those of you who prefer a more tactile approach to composing messages as well as a touchscreen for those times when a trackball device just won’t do.

The HTC Status runs on the Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) platform, AT&T’s first smartphone to do so. It is also the first phone in the US with an enhanced version of HTC Sense™ that integrates Facebook into more places than ever before. Plus, the front and rear facing camera are clutch when it comes down to updating your profile in Facebook!

My wife had been taking many… many pictures with her old and outdated smartphone and sharing them with friends and family. I thought about the fact that she never really took to the onscreen keyboard that you’ll find in most smartphones today. When I first read about the new offering from AT&T I immediately thought of my wife and asked her to give it test drive and share whatever thoughts came to her mind.

So without further adieu, here are some of the experiences as seen through the eyes of Mrs. James:

I didn’t think twice about my cell phone before I had a baby.

Don’t get me wrong. I used it constantly to read emails, snap photos, update Facebook, get directions, look up restaurants, check the weather, and oh yeah, make calls. But I never thought twice about relationship I had with my phone.

Then I had a baby.

Aside from looking up restaurants, because let’s face it, there was no dining out to be had until well into the fourth or fifth month, I still used HTC Status™ for all the same functions that I had before. Except now there was a tiny baby in my arms.

I held my son around-the-clock, or so it seemed. When he wasn’t nursing, he was sleeping in my arms. When he wasn’t sleeping, he was being walked, rocked, gently bounced, kissed, cuddled and hugged. There were days I didn’t shower because well, you need two hands for that.

So you get the point. My babe and I were up in one another’s business 24/7.

And it was pure bliss.

But while the little one slept, I often used that time to listen to music, ramble off emails to other news mom’s (mostly with the subject line: Help!), and look up articles on sleep training—all on my HTC Status™. Combined, the amount of time me, my baby and my HTC Status™ spent together almost made up an entire day.

It was late one night that I realized my son could very well grow up thinking his mama had one regular hand and one rectangular hand that make funny beeps and played silly songs. The idea that my baby would learn to associate his mama with a cell phone was too much for my severely sleep-deprived self to handle.

So I made a rule. No more cell phone while I’m holding my son.

But that lasted about a day.

I realized the Pandora app on my HTC Status™ had become a crucial part of our bedtime routine. (Bath, pj’s, bottle and about an hour or so of Alexi Murdoch lullabys usually did the trick.) 3,000 stored photos later, I realized my son’s entire first three months had been solely documented, not to mention cropped and retouched, by the 5.0 MP camera on my cell. (Honestly, who had time to frame a photo properly when goopey rice cereal is bring hurled at you?) And I realized that thanks to the the Facebook share button, I could keep multiple sets of grandparents informed of our baby’s every move with the simple touch of a button.

As a new mom, anything that makes your first few months easier is worth its weight in gold. Aside from taking over the 2am feeding, I pretty much counted on my HTC Status™  to handle everything from text messages to my husband (Pick up pizza for dinner or starve!) to notes from the doctor (yellow poop = good, green poop = bad) to calendar reminders that our teeny, tiny little boy was about to turn one month older.

 

How to win it… Contest ends 11:59pm EST. September 9th, 2011.
Leave a comment below with one feature you love about this phone  and please include some method for us to contact you in the comment (twitter or email).
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Example: I want to win a @att @HTC STATUS  in a #giveaway from @LateNightParent – http://go.lnp.tv/oqf6Kc

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You get 1 extra entry for liking this page on facebook (like button at the top of the post NOTE: you must be signed into facebook for it to work!)
You get 1 extra entry for suggesting and having 3 friends become fans of Late Night Parents on facebook (and have them leave a note saying you sent them)
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You will have 24 hours to reply before we pick another winner!
Disclaimer: AT&T and HTC supplied the Statusfor this giveaway. Limited to the USA.

133 Comments

  1. I like how you can post updates to social media networks right away- thats handy!

  2. I am an email subscriber

  3. FB fan of yours last name is Beck

  4. Yolanda Robinson

    August 31, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I love that has a touchscreen, i’ve never had that feature on a phone.

  5. Yolanda Robinson

    August 31, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I’ve signed up for the newsletter

  6. Yolanda Robinson

    August 31, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    i follow Latenightparent on twitter (skyrob69)twitter name

  7. Yolanda Robinson

    August 31, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    I like latenightparent on fb (Yolanda Robinson)

  8. Yolanda Robinson

    August 31, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I am a FAN on facebook –www.facebook.com/att /commented i’m a fan

  9. Yolanda Robinson

    August 31, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I like this post on top of the page

  10. I love the HTC sense and the facebook share button is neat
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  11. twitter follower (chelleb36)
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  12. like on fb (michelle b)
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  13. liked post
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  14. follow at&t on twitter @chelleb36
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  15. like at&t on facebook
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  16. newsletter subscriber
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  17. Newbie Mum Melissa

    August 31, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    I like the fact that it is slim and not big and bulky

    newbiemumnyc – twitter

  18. Newbie Mum Melissa

    August 31, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    I am signed up for the latenightparents newsletter

  19. I follow LNP on facebook

  20. I Follow Lnp on Twitter

  21. I follow AT&T on Twitter

  22. I liked AT&T on face book
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  23. I like the HTC Status™ feature for notes and calendar!

  24. I am a current email subscriber.

  25. I am one of your twitter followers @rusthawk.

  26. I am one of ATT’s twitter followers @rusthawk.

  27. I am one of your current facebook followers. (Rust Hawk).

  28. I follow ATT’s facebook page and left a comment http://www.facebook.com/ATT/posts/10150300332648909

  29. I liked this post using your button (Rust Hawk).

  30. I would follow you anywhere..ANYWHERE! I already do on FB and on the Twitter.
    LNP FTW!

  31. I think all the smartphone features are great but even a good camera would be fantastic for my software engineer husband who is still using my old Treo (he let me upgrade first). @Slappy2001

  32. Subscribed to LNP newsletter @Slappy2001

  33. Following @LateNightParent on twitter as @Slappy2001

  34. Following @att on twitter as @Slappy2001

  35. Fan of LNP on Facebook @Slappy2001

  36. Fan of AT&T on Facebook @Slappy2001

  37. Liked this page @Slappy2001

  38. My favourite feature of this phone is the Qwerty keypad and i like the fact this phone has features of both the blackberry & i-phone to keep all smartphone users satisfied

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  39. following @att on twitter

    facebook emma speers
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  40. RT the above msg on twitter @emzispeers

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  41. following @LateNightParent on twitter
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  42. fan on facebook of late night parent
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  43. liking the facebook icon at top of page emma speers
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  44. I like the fact you can keep your family and friends up to date with news, your family, childrens new things and 1st times at the touch of a button… friends on facebook barry argent

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  45. fan of your facebook page barry argent

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  46. liking your FB icon on top of this page barry argent

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  47. A small but power packed android device with full qwerty .. not a big fan of touchscreens only. Would love to have it.

  48. Has to be the front facing QWERTY keyboard…..you see so few non-Blackberry smartphones these days with front facing QWERTY keyboards.

  49. Signed up for the Late Night Parents newsletter. 🙂

  50. Following @LateNightParent on twitter!

    Twitter name: @snowx2k5

  51. I’m following @att on twitter.

  52. I liked LateNightParents on Facebook!

  53. Last day to enter to win a @att @HTC STATUS droid based phone in a #giveaway from @LateNightParent – http://t.co/n3kHHOH

  54. I want to win a @att @HTC STATUS in the #giveaway from @LateNightParent – http://t.co/4vj2xsM

  55. Yo! Gimme a @att @HTC STATUS in a #giveaway from @LateNightParent – http://t.co/QiPRWAp

  56. The HTC Status reviewed, plus a chance to win one in a GIVEAWAY! http://t.co/3Pxaz0z via @latenightparent

  57. I want to win a @att @HTC STATUS in a #giveaway from @LateNightParent – http://t.co/SyNY13V

  58. I like this personal review!
    Twitter: @rowoad

  59. I love the facebook quick button, saves all the messing around for quick and easy access.

  60. I like taking photos with htc status

  61. I want to win a @att @HTC STATUS in a #giveaway from @LateNightParent – http://t.co/GxvXFIH

  62. I want to win a @att @HTC STATUS in a #giveaway from @LateNightParent – http://t.co/ENFEG7H

  63. I love the dedicated Facebook button!

  64. I signed up for the newsletter

  65. I just love the FACEBOOK Button LOL

  66. A dedicated Facebook button, sleek Blackberry look AND Android! I want one please!

  67. Amazing product overall in design and functionality!

  68. Dedicated Facebook button !

  69. I love the physical keyboard on this phone! It makes typing out all but useless status on facebook and twitter a breeze! i’m following you and @att on facebook! i’m @gigatigga

  70. I love the facbook connection

  71. I would love the Facebook share button. I admit it, im a facebook addict!

  72. The Dedicated Facebook button

  73. I am a new follower on twitter

  74. I signed up for the news letter I tweeted (@jeepnie) I followed @latenightparents and AT&T I became a fan I pushed the like button at the top I really like the HTC for it’s FB button
    http://twitter.com/#!/Jeepnie/status/111919343880769536
    http://www.facebook.com/latenightparents/posts/245140418854568
    I hope I win

  75. Entering for a chance to win the Status.

    +1 followed your FB fan page
    +1 followed your twitter
    +1 followed ATT’s twitter
    +1 left a comment here

    Contact via twitter @witnesses

    Cheers!

  76. I love the dedicated facebook button and the physical keyboard. I’d love to have this phone! My twitter name is @wvucraig

  77. I like the idea of the Facebook button, also the QWERTY keypad with raised buttons, looks good for typing with u r thumbs. I would love one 🙂

  78. The htc status is amazing because it combines the amazing ui of Facebook, with the status upfront of twitter(fast status updates) no pun intended

  79. Ok I like the full keyboard.

    Twitter is jtkoon12345

  80. I love the fact that it has Android on it! #Android #FTW

  81. This phone is the perfect way to switch from the Nokia E71, into the world of HTC and Android!

  82. This is quite a cool device, yes sir, I would definitely agree! However I must also agree that the inclusion of that delicious baked treat, umm you know… that gingerbread delight, is quite a noteworthy feature for such a device!

  83. This is quite a cool device, yes sir, I would definitely agree! However I must also agree that the inclusion of that delicious baked treat, umm you know… that gingerbread delight, is quite a noteworthy feature for such a device! I must also say that I am in the mood for such a treat at this very moment! aha, maybe I will “cha cha” over to the kitchen for this exact reason!

  84. LOVE the Facebook button!

  85. I liked the qwerty mixed with social apps. Plenty of space between keys for smooth type.
    Android Gingerbread adds to the awesomeness. Android apps are the most rated currently.
    Android users know the benefits like me.. knows the worth well 🙂

  86. It’s made by HTC

  87. I want to win a @att @HTC STATUS in a #giveaway from @LateNightParent – http://t.co/U9DEaka

  88. The facebook share button is where it’s at!

  89. I’m signed up for the newsletter

  90. I want to win a @att @HTC STATUS in a #giveaway from @LateNightParent – http://t.co/k12kV3y

  91. I want to win a @att @HTC STATUS in a #giveaway from @LateNightParent – http://t.co/a2Yp3UQ sept9

  92. I want to win a @att @HTC STATUS in a #giveaway from @LateNightParent – http://t.co/AguxWQq ends 9/9

  93. I hope I win that phone is awesome

  94. Oh the suspence is killing me I really hope I win just started teaching the boy letters and he needs to touch buttons having a keyboard would make things so much easier for both of us

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