HTC Salsa Review

HTC Salsa Review
This is a global GSM phone. It can be used with T-Mobile USA and AT&T, but without 3G.

Introduction:


Salsa is your friend. You put it on nachos; you do it on the dance floor. The word conjures up images of socializing, music and fun times. We're guessing that's why Salsa is the name of HTC's latest social media, and more specifically, Facebook phone. With more explicit Facebook integration than most, the HTC Salsa, along with its sibling, the HTC ChaCha, carries a physical Facebook button to tie whatever's going on in your hand to the world of Facebook. Sitting between the HTC Wildfire S and the HTC Desire S, is the Facebook button enough to make us want some Salsa on our social networking or would we be better off ignoring this friend request and going for a more established model?


Design:

The first thing that strikes us about the design of the HTC Salsa is its build quality. This isn't a half baked chunky plastic job, it's every bit as well built as the HTC Desire S with an HTC Hero-esque styling. Until, that is, you arrive at the jarring blue button on the lower part of the fascia that makes it very clear what this phone's all about. But we'll come onto that later, now, lets talk about the screen.

The HTC Salsa is well built - HTC Salsa Review
The HTC Salsa is well built - HTC Salsa Review

The HTC Salsa is well built


HTC Salsa Review

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With HVGA resolution (320x480) and 3.4 inches of screen, the HTC Salsa delivers good overall contrast and brightness levels though isn’t very sharp. Viewing angles hold up pretty well and the capacitive display is certainly responsive enough to make the overall experience good, but it’s in the league below WVGA displays out there.

The HTC Salsa has 3.4 inches of screen - HTC Salsa Review
The HTC Salsa has 3.4 inches of screen - HTC Salsa Review

The HTC Salsa has 3.4 inches of screen


As far as the physical design goes, as mentioned, the HTC Salsa resembles a slightly squat HTC Hero with a chin that houses the all-important Facebook button. Directly below the display are 4 capacitive buttons while above is the front facing camera, light sensor and in-call speaker. There's a volume rocker and micro USB port to the left, while to the right is one of the best camera buttons we've seen on a phone, offering a large, easy to press, two stage shutter release. The power button and audio jack lie up top, while on the back is a 5MP autofocus camera, single LED flash and loudspeaker. The handset feels ergonomically curvaceous, though may be a bit thick and heavy for some. This all makes for a hardy mid-range bit of kit with a conspicuous Facebook button. That said, with the lackluster screen, we're hoping for some pretty special functionality to justify the HTC Salsa’s upper mid-range price-point.

The sides of the HTC Salsa - HTC Salsa Review
The sides of the HTC Salsa - HTC Salsa Review
The sides of the HTC Salsa - HTC Salsa Review
The sides of the HTC Salsa - HTC Salsa Review

The sides of the HTC Salsa


The Facebook button - HTC Salsa Review

The Facebook button

Back - HTC Salsa Review

Back

Battery cover - HTC Salsa Review

Battery cover



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33 Comments

1. ezra unregistered

is this a smart phone?

2. ezra unregistered

i dont know

33. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 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: Feb 19, 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 thanx

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. 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...

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

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.

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: Jul 16, 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: Dec 18, 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?
Salsa
  • Display 3.4" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 0.15 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1520 mAh(7.90h 3G talk time)

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