Feeds
80%
HTC Salsa

HTC Salsa Android smartphone

Facebook fandango

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

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.

HTC Salsa

Socially aware

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.

Verdict

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. ®

More Budget Android Smartphone Reviews

Vodafone
Smart
HTC
ChaCha
LG
Optimus One
Ten… budget
Android
smartphones
Motorola
Defy

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

80%
HTC Salsa

HTC Salsa Android smartphone

A sleek, slim Android smart phone with a 5Mp camera and dedicated Facebook button.
Price: £300 RRP

More from The Register

next story
TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'
iPhones bent in Norwich? As if the place wasn't weird enough
George Clooney, WikiLeaks' lawyer wife hand out burner phones to wedding guests
Day 4: 'News'-papers STILL rammed with Clooney nuptials
iPAD-FONDLING fanboi sparks SECURITY ALERT at Sydney airport
Breaches screening rules cos Apple SCREEN ROOLZ, ok?
Crouching tiger, FAST ASLEEP dragon: Smugglers can't shift iPhone 6s
China's grey market reports 'sluggish' sales of Apple mobe
A moment of brilliance? UPnP for Internet of Stuff lightbulbs
Thus doth tech of future illuminate present, etc
Apple's new iPhone 6 vulnerable to last year's TouchID fingerprint hack
But unsophisticated thieves need not attempt this trick
The British Museum plonks digital bricks on world of Minecraft
Institution confirms it's cool with joining the blocky universe
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.