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HTC Salsa Review

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Interface and Functionality:

Other than the new improved Sense 3.0 lock screen, the HTC Salsa's interface is virtually identical to that of the HTC Desire S and Wildfire S, with HTC Sense 2.1 on top of Android 2.3. There is also additional Facebook integration in the form of the Facebook chat app, and naturally the main feature, the Facebook button.

Sense 3.0 lock screen - The HTC Salsa's interface - HTC Salsa Review
The HTC Salsa's interface - HTC Salsa Review
The HTC Salsa's interface - HTC Salsa Review
The HTC Salsa's interface - HTC Salsa Review

Sense 3.0 lock screen

   
The HTC Salsa's interface - HTC Salsa Review
The HTC Salsa's interface - HTC Salsa Review
The HTC Salsa's interface - HTC Salsa Review
The HTC Salsa's interface - HTC Salsa Review

The HTC Salsa's interface


So how does the Facebook button work? Well it's really quite simple, press it from the home screen to update your status, long press it to update your location and press it when interacting with an image to upload the image to your profile where you can proceed to tag friends and caption your photo. You can also use the button in specific apps to send a music track to Facebook or in the camera module, to send the snap or video straight to your profile. See? Simple.

The burning question is whether or not this level of integration is too superficial to differentiate the HTC Salsa from non-Facebook phones. Our findings? In the week we had the handset, we did indeed upload more photos to Facebook thanks to the button's integration with the gallery and camera module, thoroughly enjoying how easy tagging friends is. That said, we didn't update our status any more often, despite it being just a click away. Unfortunately the button only interacts with a handful of native apps, so for us using Spotify and Doubletwist, the music integration was wasted. Heavy Twitter users reliant on cross platform apps such as HTC's Friend Stream or Tweet Deck could also find the Facebook specific integration limiting.

On top of the physical blue button, there’s an additional piece of software preinstalled - Facebook chat. This comes in the form of an application and a widget, both of which work reliably and predictably listing available friends, with the application alone letting you manage conversations. This app definitely gets a thumbs up, being one of the stronger points of the Facebook integration and far better than the stock Facebook app experience.

Facebook integration - HTC Salsa Review
Facebook integration - HTC Salsa Review
Facebook chat - Facebook integration - HTC Salsa Review
  

Facebook chat

Facebook integration


With the screen being larger than the one of the HTC Wildfire S, the keyboard is much more usable. It seems the 0.2" between them is the cut-off point between too small and comfortable.

On-screen keyboard - HTC Salsa Review

On-screen keyboard


The HTC Salsa does therefore have some highlights inside, though we would have really liked to have seen deeper integration with the "share" function, making the Facebook button to extend functionality beyond HTC apps.


Camera and Multimedia:

As we highlighted in the design section, the shutter release on the HTC Salsa is one of the best we've used. An odd highlight considering the camera isn't the main focus of the phone, but we're not complaining. In fact, we find it quite fitting as while the camera isn't going to rival the top-enders, it's a very competent mid-range offering. With good levels of detail and saturation, some pictures can look really great and punchy. It doesn't have the best exposure handling, often blowing out skies and under exposing blacks in low-lit conditions, but when it got it right, it really got it right. The auto focus results in some pretty sweet close up shots (check out those strawberries) and the single LED flash managed to do an okay job of lighting up darker situations. In the future, we look forward to HTC applying some of the scene modes we saw in the HTC Sensation to more handsets as these could have saved some of the poorer pictures captured with the HTC Salsa.

Camera interface - HTC Salsa Review
Camera interface - HTC Salsa Review

Camera interface


Samples shot with the HTC Salsa - HTC Salsa Review
Samples shot with the HTC Salsa - HTC Salsa Review
Samples shot with the HTC Salsa - HTC Salsa Review
Samples shot with the HTC Salsa - HTC Salsa Review
Samples shot with the HTC Salsa - HTC Salsa Review
Samples shot with the HTC Salsa - HTC Salsa Review
Samples shot with the HTC Salsa - HTC Salsa Review
Samples shot with the HTC Salsa - HTC Salsa Review
Samples shot with the HTC Salsa - HTC Salsa Review
Samples shot with the HTC Salsa - HTC Salsa Review
Samples shot with the HTC Salsa - HTC Salsa Review
Samples shot with the HTC Salsa - HTC Salsa Review
Samples shot with the HTC Salsa - HTC Salsa Review
Samples shot with the HTC Salsa - HTC Salsa Review
Samples shot with the HTC Salsa - HTC Salsa Review

Samples shot with the HTC Salsa


Video is captured at a 720x480 resolution and looks accordingly low quality. It's not smooth either, so ends up being a low-point of the phone. Even for Facebook uploads it disappoints which is a shame.

HTC Salsa Sample Video:




Music can be played back through HTC's standard music player which admittedly is starting to look a little tired now despite being perfectly functional. Fortunately, there are a range of alternatives in the market that can help spruce things up, not to mention Google's music app coming later this year, though none of these are compatible with the Facebook button.

The standard HTC music player - HTC Salsa Review
The standard HTC music player - HTC Salsa Review

The standard HTC music player


With no video codecs on the HTC Salsa beyond the standard MP4, this format is played back comfortably up to the 800x480 res, though no higher. The screen, however, is bright and big enough to make viewing of light movies on the go feasible.

Video playback - HTC Salsa Review
Video playback - HTC Salsa Review

Video playback



Internet and Connectivity:

HTC make sure their Facebook phone is well connected, with quad-band GSM, dual-band 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and GPS. This makes perfect sense, always keeping you as close to Facebook as possible with all the technologies working reliably in our tests.

Web browsing is slightly sub-par thanks to the lower screen resolution offered by the HTC Salsa. Still, the screen is very responsive with multi-touch working well and pages loading up quickly.

Web browsing - HTC Salsa Review
Web browsing - HTC Salsa Review
Web browsing - HTC Salsa Review

Web browsing



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posted on 20 Jun 2011, 17:35

1. ezra (unregistered)


is this a smart phone?

posted on 20 Jun 2011, 17:37

2. ezra (unregistered)


i dont know

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 11:40

33. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


why are you replying to ur ownself? mad? btw its a smartphone. we hate it due to HTC Being biased against twitter, tumblr etc. all they put is that one dumb fb button. HTC, one wrong step, and your social phones go ''pop''.

posted on 05 Jul 2011, 12:02

3. asn39 (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 Feb 2011)


Obviously it is smartphone !! it has a 800 mhz processor !! And android operating system

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 23:40

4. neeraj mishra (unregistered)


i bought this phone 1 month back.. and i m very happy with my decision... its normal GPRS speed is superb and various forms of using facebook...i m happy happy nd happy...with its features... :) :) :)

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 21:37

8. nitish kumar (unregistered)


hiiiiii neeraj how to close your background application in htc salsa
plz solve my problem





thanx

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 06:04

9. Manu (unregistered)


in settings under accounts & sync uncheck background data & auoto sync

posted on 04 Sep 2011, 13:15

5. krishna07210 (unregistered)


I bought this mobile i am very happy with the features... but i cannot find any application to see my SD Card files (ex: File Manager) can any body suggest me how to see my SD Card Files....

posted on 05 Sep 2011, 04:39

6. haripatel064@gmail.com (unregistered)


If I am not wrong then Gallery icon can be used to see all the photos and music icon can be use to see all MP3 files...

posted on 08 Oct 2011, 23:47

22. sanal (unregistered)


download astro file manager from the market.... its the best and its free......

posted on 13 Sep 2011, 12:18

7. ashiq (unregistered)


Download OI file manager from the market

posted on 18 Sep 2011, 14:46

10. khader (unregistered)


Ive bouht this mobile few weeks back im happy with its performance and features Im using an 8gb memory card I don't know how to save the applications to memory card because through I gave only fee apps my mobile always says internal memory low please can anyone help me on this.....

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 05:10

11. Yat (unregistered)


Dear Khader...Download App to SD application from android market..its free....

It will tell you after installation which apps can be transferred to SD Card from your phone....nd it also has options to clear cache files...keep cleaning it....

posted on 22 Sep 2011, 10:04

12. saran (unregistered)


Im planning to buy this one! pls suggest

posted on 25 Sep 2011, 08:42

13. Kanaad (unregistered)


yes it is very good i have it u should buy it

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 22:26

14. sathya (unregistered)


Hi all,

I m using HTC salsa c510. How to create new album or new folder to keep my personal folder in gallery with passwords . pls suggest me soon

Thanks to all.

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 12:01

15. saikiran (unregistered)


hi i want to buy this one .can anyone tell me bout battery backup it is giving while it is under use:))

plz help on it

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 22:20

16. mills (unregistered)


guys don't buy this phone o bought it and it has low internal memory issu total crap and hang when memorey get full
I hate HTC

posted on 29 Sep 2011, 22:28

17. mills (unregistered)


all app and cache and system update will store on phone memory and after Android we get only 120 kha free memorey which get full in 11 apps and after that phone hangs
and main part it dosent support next Android version 3 coz Android 3 need 600mb for installation so all 800mhz CPU 512 ram is useless if u don't store all I buy this phone coz company say it has 512 Rom but not mension any good usable memory
I will never buy HTC mobile
f**k u HTC !!!!!!!!!!
don't buy this crap

posted on 30 Sep 2011, 07:41

18. akash (unregistered)


Do the factory reset once u get ths phn.. u have to go to 'SD nd memory'.
in settings nd select 'reset phon e memory.. Thn ur phone memory wd increase to 120 mb available..m using ths phone nd after resetting I dnt hav internal memory issues..a Gud phn at around 15k Indian rupees..m happy with it.. try tht.. nd ya,,I hav abt 20 apps installed.. a Gud buy..nd solid HTC quality..battery is also Gud..

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 01:48

19. subhan (unregistered)


recently i bought dis phione ...iam unable to listen songs through bluetooth but call is connecting ...can any one suggest me how to get songs through bluetooth

posted on 04 Oct 2011, 06:49

20. Gvoind (unregistered)


" HTC Salsa Cheated Me"
In october 2nd 2011, I purchased an HTC Salsa. I was told that I will be getting 512 MB of internal memory for usage. when I checked, I found only 150 MB internal memory in which the pre-installed apps were also there. When I spoke to the HTC customer care people, they told me that 512 MB is the total phone memory in which OS is also installed. When I told them that I was informed for 512 MB, they just started arguing with me and said that we can't do anything on that and if you want, you can go for higher product.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 10:18

21. Nills (unregistered)


hey akash can u plaza explain in detail what u method u tell me to do ?

posted on 09 Oct 2011, 09:11

23. Vini (unregistered)


can i make video calls using skype in HTC salsa? plz tell me... i wanna buy it 2moro..

posted on 11 Oct 2011, 09:29

24. visagan (unregistered)


no, u cannot make video calls now

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 02:58

25. Mangesh (unregistered)


Guys plzz help me.i m a bit confused in galaxy ace n htc salsa..(Plzzzzzzzz suggest me fast)

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 11:01

26. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Get the HTC Salsa, it has a better UI, better screen, and cooler looks.

posted on 16 Oct 2011, 07:56

28. Mangesh (unregistered)


thanks yaa..but one of my frnd is reccomending sony ericssion neo v ..wat u say

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 13:36

27. Vidhi (unregistered)


Hey pls guide is htc salsa gud or samsung galaxy

posted on 18 Dec 2011, 23:06

29. gorakh (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)


there are many complains about very few apps as it has low internal memory..is there any way to save apps in external memory?

posted on 18 Jan 2012, 09:03

30. bonnyk (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


I agree that its internal app storage memory is somewhat low (120mb) but if you use it sensibly then it is sufficiant , see how it works , first factory reset your phone it will delete all your market installed apps but don't worry after reset switch on gprs or connect to wifi and visit market through your phone and go to my apps , all your apps are downloaded automatically , now be alert , download only those apps which you really need , stop downloading of unneccessary apps. I have all necessary apps installed in my salsa and still have 40mb free memory and my phone runs like charm and never hangs in 6 months of use . even LOW MEMORY has its OWN BENEFITS , your phone remains clean of unneccessy stuff, salsa supports apps with move to sd card feature , so move apps to sd cards to save memory but never move widgets to sd card . now check the list of following apps which i have installed on my salsa and still have 40 mb free memory : 1. air horn 2. angry birds rio 3. battery status 4. blackberry go laun. theme 5. cartoon theme 6. color note 7. photo vault 8. tiny compass 9. digital clock widget 10.fruit slice 11. go launcher ex 12. go locker 13. go locker four key theme 14. go locker christmas theme 15. go locker ice cream theme 16.go locker sense theme 17. go locker simple slide theme 18. go switch widget 19.
go widget transparent 20. iphone go luan. theme 21. mobo player 22. codec for ARM
23. moody booth 24. NDTV widget 25. modern wood theme 26. old photo 27.paint pro 28. pocket 29. video vault 30. racing moto 31. red sensation theme 32. screen bang 33. screen off and lock 34. stamp GL theme 35. super swiss army knife 36. talking tom 37. text widget 38. volume control + 39. wood GL theme 40. talking alarm clock
Now friends , you can see after installing that much useful stuff , I still have 40mb free memory and my SALSA is running smoothly with battery backup of one day .. I hope this may be useful for you .

posted on 27 Jan 2012, 02:29

31. Ranjith (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)


how do salsa cost now jan 2012 and where i can buy in chennai, tamilnadu

posted on 27 Jan 2012, 07:42

32. bonnyk (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


hi Ranjith, now this model has been discontinued by HTC in INDIA , its last price was Rs.15000/- , u have to try yourself on various mobile shops weather they have it or not but it is still THE BEST PHONE IN Rs.15000/- category.

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HTC Salsa

HTC Salsa

OS: Android 2.3.3
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Display3.4 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (170 ppi)
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227, Single core, 800 MHz, ARM11 processor
512 MB RAM
Size4.30 x 2.32 x 0.48 inches
(109.1 x 58.9 x 12.3 mm)
4.23 oz  (120 g)
Battery1520 mAh, 9 hours talk time

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