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HTC Salsa review

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Our Verdict

A very nice piece of hardware that performs well, but we shouldn't be running out of app storage space on day one

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 512 MB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 9 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 320

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For

  • Well designed body
  • Interactive lock screen
  • Responsive screen and buttons
  • Glitch-free home screens
  • Clever Facebook integration

Against

  • Laggy camera
  • Ugly HTC Facebook pages
  • Woeful onboard app memory
  • Earpiece volume too quiet

According to HTC's Salsa tech spec sheet, the phone's capable of playing most of today's popular video formats, including files encoded as MP4, WMV, certain AVI files and even some Xvid creations.

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In reality is has pretty specific file format requirements, so we couldn't get it to play our standard review collection of Xvid files. It happily worked with a couple of WMV files and some MP4 clips, so is capable of playing back clips to a good standard as long as you ensure they're in the right format.

The video player is rather light on features. It enables you to play things, pause things, toggle between full-screen and cropped resolutions and skip through the scenes. It needs a bit of work, to say the least.

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Music is handled on the Salsa by the standard HTC skinned Android player. As such you get a workmanlike experience, with support for large and small Home screen widgets that handle playing, pausing and track skipping.

There's also a pause option in the drop-down Notifications menu, but oddly there's no option to resume the track once it's paused. You have to go back to the app or widget to start music playing again.

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Within the player itself, your music collection can be sorted by artist, album or just a big list of everything, with the ability to add songs to playlists – and create new playlists on the fly – by long-pressing on a particular song.

There's no shopping option, with the only other interesting feature being a Menu option to search YouTube for clips of the artist you're currently listening to.

The onboard speaker is pretty loud, although things do get a bit tinny if you stick it up to maximum volume. It's not bad for a phone, though, and is perfectly usable if you like using your mobile as a desktop music player.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory512 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourOcean Blue
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time9 Hour
Product ModelSalsa
Screen Size8.6 cm (3.4")
Screen Resolution480 x 320
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)120 g
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log
Height109.1 mm
Width58.9 mm
Depth12.3 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameSalsa Smartphone
Processor Speed800 MHz
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeG-sensor, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Accelerometer
Manufacturer Part Number99HNB014-00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
Marketing Information

People are the most important feature

With the HTC Salsa, you can stay connected with the people that are most important to you. The new Facebook widget lets you select the friends and family whose updates really matter, so you can always see them right on your home screen. Stay close even when you're apart.

One touch to Facebook

One touch to share what you're up to. HTC Salsa has a Facebook button that lets you share just about anything with just one touch. Take a photo - straight to Facebook. Make a video - straight to Facebook. Show whatever, whenever, at the touch of a button.

Limited Warranty1 Year