Excerpt: H TC has introduced at the MWC 2011 in Spain a new HTC Smartphone built entirely to be social, combining the simplicity, ease-of-use and depth of HTC Sense user interface with the power and connectivity of Facebook. The HTC Salsa Smartphone features a dedicated Facebook button for access to the key functions of the Facebook website that are integrated throughout the HTC Sense user experience.
Summary: The HTC Salsa is the 3.4-inch touchscreen version of HTC’s two Facebook phones , and I have to say I recommend it only to the most hardcore of Facebook addicts. If you’re interested in the other ‘Facebook Phone’, check out our HTC ChaCha review , if not, hit the break to get into the Salsa review. The styling is typical HTC quality with an aluminium body and small ‘chin’ at the bottom, similar to the Hero or the Legend .
Pros: Notification LED, Dedicated Facebook button, Dedicated camera button
Cons: 480×320 resolution screen, Occasional lag and crashing apps, Flash Lite, Basic hardware specs – 800mhz & 512mb ram, Minimal space for app data
Conclusion: If you are looking for a good mid-range handset equipped with useful Facebook shortcuts, this is the device to choose, although hardcore Facebook fans may prefer the INQ Cloud Touch. The integration is subtle though, so if you happy using the Android apps, we'd suggest the HTC Desire S, which is more powerful and has a better screen, and is cheaper.
Conclusion: The phone performs well but without the finesse of a more expensive HTC like the Sensation, and its design and build quality is questionable in places. But I do think that it has a place of its own in the industry because of the very cool facebook integration and I think I would go as far as buying one as a gift for someone but I don’t think it’s quite good enough for me.
Summary: The HTC Salsa Android phone is one of two new smartphones from HTC that includes a dedicated Facebook button, attempting to provide easier interaction with the world’s most popular social networking service. 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.
Pros: Facebook integration, Solid build, Good camera photos
Cons: Poor video recording, Facebook integration only works with HTC apps, Low-res screen
Conclusion: The Salsa is an odd little phone. If HTC hadn't bothered with the extra Facebook garnish, and instead made a low- to mid-tier Android handset with the sturdy chassis of the Legend, two-day battery life and most of the more appealing features from HTC Sense 3.0 only with a more affordable price tag, we would've readily said it probably had a best-seller on its hands.
HTC Salsa – tight Facebook integration in a small form factor review
17 May 2011
Conclusion: Overall, the HTC Salsa is a good phone for those who use Facebook a lot and if it’s priced below $100, will also be a great choice for people who are just buying their first smartphone – they can always just press a button and ask other people how to do something if they don’t know :-).
Conclusion: In the end the Facebook button doesn’t feel like it adds a great deal to the Salsa, and we think there are some issues with the chassis quality in terms of colour matching of its various parts. But, overall, the solid design means the HTC Salsa sits well as a mid range smartphone – if you can live with the lack of Flash support.