Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES -

‘Yet an­other Face­book phone?’ was my in­stant re­ac­tion when I first heard about the Voda­fone Blue 555. But it was the price that tempted us to have a look at it. De­signed in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Face­book, it is crafted out of matte sil­ver and white plas­tic and sports a 2.4-inch dis­play and QWERTY key­pad.

Ex­cept for an ‘f’ key placed on the bot­tom right, there isn’t any Face­book brand­ing on this de­vice. Tur­ing on the Blue 555 re­veals a Voda­fone logo but the home­screen is dom­i­nated by the so­cial net­work­ing site. The home­screen is the FB sta­tus up­date bar. At the bot­tom of the dis­play is a row of short- cuts in­clud­ing FB friends, FB news feeds, favourites, etc. and is cus­tomis­able. The ‘f’ key lets user ac­cess the FB stream that looks sim­i­lar to the up­dates from friends that shows up on the FB home­page. By hit­ting op­tions, you can di­rectly post a pic­ture on the wall. When scrolling through friend’s feed, the op­tions al­low user to down­load im­ages (if any), com­ments, likes, send mes­sage, call friend, view friend pro­file or even use URL. Most of the FB fea­tures are ac­ces­si­ble from the home­screen.

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