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HTC Salsa review

 Review: September 2011  
 

Last updated September 2012

Rating: 2 stars

In a nutshell: The HTC Salsa is a phone designed for facebook. We feel it's a nice phone that's been overpriced for what it does.



 

Review

At first glance, it looks like a HTC Wildfire S with a facebook button. But it's more than that. Check out the build quality. The body is metallic and solid, and the colour is a kind of metallic-looking grey/blue/lilac. It's an Android phone that looks distinctive, and that's surely a good thing.

What about the facebook button? The blue button tends to draw the eye. It whispers seductively, "press me". So you push the button and suddenly you're sharing everything with your friends. A single press and you're sharing photos, videos and status updates. You're checking in with Places. You're telling everyone what music you're listening to. You're watching your friends' status updates, your chatting continuously, your data usage is going through the roof, but you just can't stop. Because that's the appeal of the Salsa - total facebook immersion. Thanks to the little blue button.

But then again, the Salsa isn't a cheap phone. It's more expensive than mid-range, but does a nice metallic case and a big blue button justify the dosh? We don't think so. The Salsa does have plenty of good features - in addition to the build quality, there's a moderately fast 800MHz processor humming away inside and a massive 1520mAh battery that will power your social networking until the sun goes down, and then a bit longer. There's a VGA front camera for video chatting, and the delicious HTC Sense user interface with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. But there are plenty of decidedly mid-range features here too. We can't ignore the relatively small 3.4 inch screen. And it's only a TFT screen, which doesn't cut it amongst the big boys of the Android world, and the resolution is a lowly 320 x 480 pixels. There's only 512MB of onboard memory, which is going to prove restrictive even if you buy a microSD memory card.

So, if facebook is the feature that you use most on your mobile, you may find the HTC Salsa to be your perfect phone. But if the blue button is something you'd use only occasionally, or hardly at all, you'd be better off choosing one of the other Android phones in this price bracket, such as the HTC One S, Sony Xperia U, or stretch to the Samsung Galaxy S2. Or you could save some pennies and downgrade to the HTC Desire C.


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Reviewed by freddie rushton from lincolnshire on 2nd Nov 2011
it is a really handy phone and last a long time
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Reviewed by becca from uk, yorkshire on 18th Oct 2011
got this phone off my mate as he trials all prototypes for htc, it is the best phone known to man. i have been on an iphone and could go as far as to say it is better! this is the only phone i have ever had 100% faith with. it is pure perfection, FACT! if you haven't got one when they come out. your missing out...big time! :)
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