Last month Facebook Home arrived to the market, bringing forth Zuckerberg’s vision of an experience that “puts people first”. Since then, Facebook Home and the Home-equipped HTC First have had mixed reception at best.
In order to generate more interest for its spring flagship device, AT&T has now announced that the HTC First is jumping down in price to just $.99 with two-year agreement. The outright price is also dropping to $350.
After just a month on the market, why does AT&T need to adjust the price already? Is there something wrong with the HTC First?
The First isn’t a bad handset, it’s just that most folks don’t want or need an in-your-face social experience that haunts you 24/7. Those who use Facebook generally like to log in, look around and get the hell out.
The good news is that you don’t have to live with Facebook Home on the First, and can disable it in order to get a near-stock Android experience. The problem for the HTC First is that even with the perk of having vanilla Android, most users still found that there were other handsets like the Nexus 4 that better fitted their needs for not much more cost.
Now at just $1 with contract, the HTC First is certainly more appealing than ever before. For those that need a refresher, the phone has a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3-inch 720p display, a 5MP rear cam, 1.6MP front cam, a 2,000 mAh battery and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
The First still doesn’t beat out the Nexus 4 when it comes to specs or non-contract pricing, but does offer the advantage of LTE. Additionally, for those that can’t afford to pay much up front, the HTC First gives you an extremely affordable way to get a near-stock experience.
What do you think of the HTC First, are you tempted to consider the handset now that its price has been dramatically reduced?