While going through the technology section of The Huffington Post, I came across a new product that made me wince- at first. HTC is bringing the first ever smartphone with a Facebook sharing dedicated button to the United States. The company has found success in the United Kingdom and Spain with the HTC Cha Cha and Salsa, similar sharing models in the past month. While it is currently now available for pre-sale only, the phone will be in AT&T stores across the country on July 17.
The Huffington Post reports:
“Later this month, the connection between mobile phones and social networking is going to the next level,” reads the press release from Best Buy, where you can reserve your Status for $49.99 with a two-year commitment on AT&T. This “next level” is the Facebook button toward the bottom of the phone, underneath the QWERTY keyboard. Pressing it either enables you to share whatever webpage you are browsing on to your wall, or pops up a text box for you to update your status.
While I have mixed feeling on this phone- it’s mainly because I check my Facebook account on average once a week. More avid users would probably find more usefulness for the button. Also, the sharing button may not be such a bad idea for other platforms. While Twitter seems already easy enough, Tumblr and WordPress users might like the flexibility of hitting one button to post.
What are your thoughts on the Facebook button phone? Tell us what you think Clutchettes and gents- love it or leave it alone?