The HTC Salsa joins the ChaCha in a bid to treat young Android users to as much Facebook as they can handle. The little blue button makes an appearance again, this time in a more familiar context. While the ChaCha takes its QWERTY keyboard off the beaten path, the Salsa is a typical Android package. It’s got a solid build and seems like a well spec'd midrange smartphone - an HTC Wildfire S for Facebookers.
The Salsa has something the ChaCha doesn't: a family tree. The Salsa is part of the new generation of midrange phones by HTC, along with the likes of the Wildfire S. But calling it a Facebook-centric Wildfire S would be oversimplifying or just plain wrong.
As a matter of fact, HTC went on to give the Salsa more than just that tiny Facebook button. It tops the Wildfire S in terms of screen size and processor clock speed, and throws in a few features that the Wildfire S didn't bother with - like video calls, HD video and web Flash support.
HTC Salsa Advantages : Let's take a look at the complete feature list and the possible deal breakers, Some Key features of HTC Salsa. The list below is few of the important features of HTC Salsa.
- 3.4" 16M-color capacitive TFT touchscreen of HVGA (320 x 480) resolution, Gorilla glass
- Android OS v2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense
- 800 MHz CPU, Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7230 chipset
- 512 MB RAM and 512 MB ROM
- 5 MP autofocus camera with LED flash and geotagging
- D1 video recording @ 30fps
- Smart dialing, voice dialing
- Front facing camera, video calls
- Compact aluminum unibody
- HTC Locations app
- HTCSense.com integration
- HTC Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Ultra-fast boot times (if you don’t remove battery)
As a mid-range smartphone, the Salsa will not set your expectations too high. But users who know what to expect will not be disappointed. The unibody design, the hallmark build quality and the latest Android are all in the deal.
If some one has to spend for the price of this phone, at least they need the Desire S processor
- 1 GHz Scorpion processor,
- Adreno 205 GPU,
- Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon
Here are some of the major drawbacks of HTC Salsa
- Below-par screen sunlight legibility
- Camera not the best we’ve seen
- microSD slot under the battery cover, not (quite) hot-swappable
- No HD video recording
- Battery Life is not too good. Some times you need to charge more than twice a day.
- No GPS Support
- Little Expensive when compared with the same rage of mobiles from other brands.
Now the display, a 3.4 inch screen is very good but on the other hand the 480 x 320 resolution does not deserve this much price. I hope the display technology will be upgraded to S-LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors supporting 480 x 800 pixels. We have no idea, but it is guessed that the phone has adobe flash support.
HTC ChaCha has msm7227 Chipset 600 MHZ CPU. Where SALSA has 800 MHZ CPU. In addition, salsa will also be able to handle .AVI and .XVID files. And probably, HTC SALSA will have an adreno 205 GPU and will probably feature the msm7230 chipset.
Over all, HTC SALSA looks good and Silky. Having a Facebook dedicated shortcut key is awesome. And it also comes with a front camera and face detection.
HTC SALSA have built in Facebook chat. we will have easy access to all Facebook applications. Almost like you have on a computer. Also, when you take a pic the phone will ask you if you want to publish it on Facebook right away. By the way, this will be a great phone for Facebook addicted.
Never forget, it even has a Facebook chat widget. Actually, Facebook button (on that beautiful aluminum body) really makes the phone lame so really. This Facebook dedicated key idea wont be the best for most of the users. With Android you can just create a shortcut or even a widget and have even easier access that way. That button looks ridiculous on an otherwise pretty stylish phone. In fact, a dedicated Camera button can be much better.
HTC SALSA has 1520 MAH battery while other high-end models from HTC are using 1230mAh or 1400-1450MAH batteries.
End note: It's a neat little smartphone with a thing for Facebook, one that many are getting ready to befriend.