The HTC Status offers stellar hardware and a fantastic Facebook experience, but it's hampered by a tiny landscape-oriented screen.
The HTC Status is a solid and well-built handset, with a pretty matte white plastic unibody shell. The 2.6-inch screen is almost unforgivably small, however, and is strangely defaulted to landscape mode when the phone is held vertically. There's also a handy Facebook button at the bottom right that gives you instant access to the popular social networking site.
The Facebook button is certainly the Status' most prominent identifying characteristic. A short press on standby brings up a screen for you to post a new update to your wall, and a long press brings up a list of nearby locations where you can check in. It's also context aware; the glow pulses when you're in the camera app, to invite you to upload a photo. It also pulses when you're in the Web browser, hinting that you can share Web links to your Facebook wall. It truly makes it so much easier and more effective for the Facebook user.