On Wednesday AT&T decided to drop the price of the new HTC First or Facebook Phone as it’s been branded from $99 to $0.99 on contract. It’s no surprise really after various reviews of the Facebook Home for selected Android devices weren’t exactly glowing.
The reason why AT&T have dropped the price of the HTC First hasn’t quite been confirmed, but most people – myself included, think it’s something to with the heavy integration of Facebook. Facebook is like Marmite, you either love it or hate it, you’ve either got a bustling timeline full of updates from friends you actually care about, or a few random updates from fan pages, that guy you once tried to start a band with, and 90% of your family that you don’t talk to. Personally I’m the latter so the thought of having Facebook as the mainframe of a phone doesn’t really interest me. Not to mention that the Facebook Home experience is available elsewhere for free if you have a compatible phone..
It’s a real shame because the HTC First has some good specification behind it for what’s considered a mid range phone. With a 1.4 GHz Snapdragon 400, 1GB RAM, LTE capabilities, 16GB storage, and a 4.3 inch HD Super LCD display at the introduction price of $99 it’s a steal.
There is the option to turn off the Facebook Home launcher with Apex or GO Launcher, but then that defeats the point of buying the HTC First in the first place. It just doesn’t work if you’re not into Facebook I’m afraid and that is why I think AT&T have decided to lower the price.