Format over function
Videos look OK – even if they’re not quite HD-sharp it’s certainly good enough to watch films on without too much eye strain. It didn’t seem terribly forgiving of formats it’s supposed to work with though, struggling with some, but not all, of the MPEG4 files I tried.
The Facebook button, like the one on the ChaCha, is more than just a branding exercise. One push lets you make a quick post, but it offers different options depending on what function you’re in – from the camera it will instantly take a picture and offer to post it straight away, from your browser it will offer to share a link to what you’re looking at, and from the music player it gives you the option to share what you’re listening to.
You’ll want to upgrade the supplied headphones for the otherwise fine music player, and there’s the option to add up to 32GB of micro SD memory card on top of the 512MB of on-board memory. The 1250mAh battery puts up a fair fight and kept the Salsa going for a little over a day of quite heavy use.
The HTC Salsa is a solidly built smartphone with a good screen, reasonable camera, fine UI and an emphasis on social networking, thanks largely to its clever Facebook button. This latter will endear it to ’bookers, but otherwise it doesn’t stand out strongly from HTC’s ever-expanding range of handsets. ®
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A. Facebook. Button. Sigh.
Distinguishing feature: A facebook button.
Is this what passes for innovation nowadays?
Come-on Apple/HTC/Nokia/Microsoft... please try a little harder.
I'd prefer an all-rounder
Imagine if smartphones had gone mass-market a few years earlier. Done that? Good.
Now imagine whipping out your MySpace phone down the pub.
Two phones I'd like to see
1) A smallish smartphone, like the Wildfire, but with a 1GHz or higher processor. Why should small handsets all be budget phones?!
2) A smartphone with a touchscreen and a slide-out portrait numpad, a bit like the old HTC Touch Dual. I reckon the kids would love it for txting, and it would probably appeal to those that find full tiny hardware qwerty keyboards a bit cumbersome.
Either of these would be more innovative than a Facebook button. Come on HTC!
So they removed the scroll button from the phone...
...and put a similarly sized facebook button. Bit of a step backwards.
Re: Two phones I'd like to see
+1 They'd have my pounds if they did a smaller premium smartphone.