Remember the Facebook phones? Reminisce with the HTC ChaCha (aka Status) and HTC Salsa

Ever since man discovered fire, there has been talk about a Facebook phone. In 2011, HTC finally scratched that itch and released a pair of phones called the HTC ChaCha and the HTC Salsa. Let's start with the HTC ChaCha. In the U.S., it was an exclusive for AT&T known as the HTC Status. The ChaCha featured a 2.6-inch landscape display with a resolution of 480 x 320. A physical QWERTY keyboard was found under the screen. A blue Facebook Share button at the bottom right of the unit made it quicker to upload photos, post a status update, and more. It also glowed whenever you had new content worth posting. The unit sported a slight bend from the bottom of the screen downward.

The ChaCha came with the Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227 SoC under the hood, carrying a single-core 800MHz CPU with the Adreno 200 GPU. 512MB of RAM was inside, and a 5MP camera was on back with a VGA front-facing snapper. The 1250mAh battery kept the lights on, and Android 2.3 was pre-installed. This model did not sell well at all for AT&T, even though it was priced at just $49.99 with a signed two-year contract. After just 36 days after its launch, the U.S. version of the ChaCha (again, known as the HTC Status), was rumored to be off the carrier's shelf.

For Facebook fans who preferred an all-touch model, HTC offered the Salsa. This phone featured a 3.4-inch screen with a 320 x 480 resolution. All of the remaining specs were the same as those found on the ChaCha, including the Facebook Share button. The latter scored a 7.5 (out of 10) on our review, and the Salsa tallied a 6.5. Check out these reviews by clicking on the appropriate link (ChaCha|Salsa).

At the top of this story, you'll find a commercial for the AT&T version of the HTC ChaCha (again, known as the HTC Status in the states). If you think that you see Blink182 in the commercial, you are absolutely right. That tells you how long it has been since the handset's release.



1. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

u forgot HTC First :D

2. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The keyboard was nice but the onscreen text was impossibly small. The BlackBerry Bold 9700 series had a smaller 2.4" landscape display and was more than legible.

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

"Ever since man discovered fire..." discovereth man!

6. mr.reckless562

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 22, 2016

nice 1

7. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Don't you just love man's "discoveries". Like the Native Americans weren't here before Columbus. Penicillin was a discovery.

8. Darkkracker

Posts: 255; Member since: Jun 11, 2016

Or the discovery that hiliary lost by a landslide? Love that one!

4. TechDork

Posts: 404; Member since: May 10, 2010

I hope one day QWERTY physical keyboards come back again! I miss my Sidekick haha. I miss physical keyboards in general honestly.

5. Subie

Posts: 2424; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

The Blackberry Mercury/Dtek70 should officially be announced soon (hopefully at MWC). It'll have solid build, Android, and the qwerty.

9. tokuzumi

Posts: 1961; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I had forgotten about the non-qwerty salsa phone. I remembered the second gen device Facebook tried to release, with that custom launcher. Reading the reviews, it was a pretty good phone, if you ditched the facebook launcher, and turned off some of the facebook nannies.

10. lJesseCusterl

Posts: 96; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

Decent phone, but the woeful onboard storage killed it for a lot of people. You couldn't even update the stock apps and expect the phone to work.

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