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Topic # 88571 18-Aug-2011 11:35
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I've got an invite for the HTC ChaCha launch in New Zealand, next 23rd August. I will be landing in Auckland on that day after the event, but apparently will have one sent to my hotel room on that evening - let's see how it goes.

If you don't remember, this is the HTC Android with a keyboard and a direct key to access Facebook. 

I suspect (but not confirmed) it will be on Vodafone NZ, seeing their specs page lists 3G as 900/2100 MHz only. It could obviously be on 2degrees, or even on Telecom NZ if there's a new variant available.

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  Reply # 508445 18-Aug-2011 11:37
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Oh!  Any ideas on price point?  Cool device, need something cheap with a qwerty keyboard.  Some obvious flaws with the device are that not many Android applications run in landscape mode on a 320x480 display.  

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  Reply # 508484 18-Aug-2011 12:08
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It's a pity, though, that HTC advertising in NZ is painfully bad. I'm not saying they should copy Apple's style, but hiring a few more hip/cool/edgy advertising people might help. Plus, it isn't the nicest looking phone they've ever made (but then again, HTC phones often just look like fat oval bricks!) ;)

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  Reply # 508487 18-Aug-2011 12:09
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I'll be interested to hear about it. Specifically size and pocketability, how it works with that weird shaped screen for things like web and rss readering (gReader seems nice), speed for basic functions, battery life, and how it is as a phone and for texting. I text a lot, and the lack of a physical keyboard is holding me back from an Android phone.

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  Reply # 509407 20-Aug-2011 18:11
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Probably will be $500-600 from vodafone or 2D, I know someone that has a nokia similar to it in the 2.4" screen range and it seems tiny... It will be good for messaging; obviously seeing as it has the physical keyboard but browsing will be miserable on a small screen.

Also any news of its big brother the Salsa launching anytime soon here?

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