HTC Salsa Review
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1. ezra (unregistered)
is this a smart phone?
2. ezra (unregistered)
i dont know
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''.
3. asn39 (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 Feb 2011)
Obviously it is smartphone !! it has a 800 mhz processor !! And android operating system
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... :) :) :)
8. nitish kumar (unregistered)
hiiiiii neeraj how to close your background application in htc salsa
plz solve my problem
9. Manu (unregistered)
in settings under accounts & sync uncheck background data & auoto sync
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....
6. firstname.lastname@example.org (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...
22. sanal (unregistered)
download astro file manager from the market.... its the best and its free......
7. ashiq (unregistered)
Download OI file manager from the market
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.....
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....
12. saran (unregistered)
Im planning to buy this one! pls suggest
13. Kanaad (unregistered)
yes it is very good i have it u should buy it
14. sathya (unregistered)
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.
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
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
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
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..
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
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.
21. Nills (unregistered)
hey akash can u plaza explain in detail what u method u tell me to do ?
23. Vini (unregistered)
can i make video calls using skype in HTC salsa? plz tell me... i wanna buy it 2moro..
24. visagan (unregistered)
no, u cannot make video calls now
25. Mangesh (unregistered)
Guys plzz help me.i m a bit confused in galaxy ace n htc salsa..(Plzzzzzzzz suggest me fast)
26. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)
Get the HTC Salsa, it has a better UI, better screen, and cooler looks.
28. Mangesh (unregistered)
thanks yaa..but one of my frnd is reccomending sony ericssion neo v ..wat u say
27. Vidhi (unregistered)
Hey pls guide is htc salsa gud or samsung galaxy
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?
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 .
31. Ranjith (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)
how do salsa cost now jan 2012 and where i can buy in chennai, tamilnadu
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.