HTC Salsa review

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The HTC Salsa's battery life is excellent. Even under review conditions when we're taking photos every 10 minutes and constantly opening Twitter and Facebook all day, the Salsa managed to last very nearly a full two days on one charge – and with a 1520mAh battery for a mid-range phone, we can see why.

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HTC has supplied a collection of power saver settings as well, which can be set to kick in and restrict certain services and adjust options when your battery falls to a certain level.

It's a useful way of stopping your phone secretly draining its last bit of power trying to connect to Wi-Fi.

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Treat the HTC Salsa carefully and you'll be able to relax a little and stop panicking about where the nearest working charging point is.


Aside from 3G and Bluetooth, we have Wi-Fi and GPS, which are now pretty much standard and essential for a phone of this kind.

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HTC always makes it easy to connect your device to your computer, with a really helpful pop-up menu that offers you various connection options.

It's here on the Salsa too, and although the actual options haven't changed (charge only, disk drive, HTC sync, USB tethering and internet pass through), we were pleased to see that the menu has been given a little bit of a makeover compared to previous HTC devices.

Not having to use proprietary software such as Samsung's Kies makes the whole thing a lot easier. And whether you're rocking Windows, Mac OS X or Linux on your computer, you don't have to start worrying about compatibility issues, which is helpful.

As for getting your stuff on the phone, the Salsa uses HTC's standard USB connection menu. Plug it in and the phone prompts you to select an action.

Mounting it as a USB drive means you can't use any functions on the phone that use the SD card, but it'll pop up as an external drive on your PC so you can drag across your Kasabian back catalogue with ease.

Also, we weren't able to find any DLNA client onboard. This wasn't too much of a surprise, as that tends to be a feature reserved for higher-end phones, and we can't see it as a feature being missed too much by the target market.

There's also another option that's not in the menu, and that is to use your phone as a wireless hotspot. It's been part of Android for a little while now and you'll find this option tucked away in the app drawer. 

Technically, the HTC Salsa is a quad-band unit that supports GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE, plus HSPA/ WCDMA. It's also capable of functioning as a tethered USB modem, and we had no problems at all or any dropped signals when connecting to various Wi-Fi hotspots.

It also supports the latest 802.11n connectivity, which is handy if you've updated your router in the last few years.

As well as the proximity sensor in the front face of the HTC Salsa, there's also an ambient light sensor. This isn't a huge amount of use, but it does mean you're able to select the automatic brightness setting and have the phone adjust its own screen depending on how near you are to a window.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
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
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height109.1 mm
Width58.9 mm
Depth12.3 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time445 Hour
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 Address
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