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HTC has released two 'Facebook phones' of late – the Qwerty-packing ChaCha and the Salsa, the latter being a compact bundle of fun, which wears its dedicated Facebook button just beneath its screen. HTC Salsa HTC's Salsa: spiced with Facebook favours While the designers of the ChaCha had obviously looked over the shoulder of …

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Salsa Sense is good

I ran a Salsa-based ROM on my HTC Hero for a few weeks. The Hero was just a little bit too underpowered to stop it being frustrating however the UI was IMO very good indeed. I especially liked the new lock screen

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A. Facebook. Button. Sigh.

Distinguishing feature: A facebook button.

Really?

Is this what passes for innovation nowadays?

Come-on Apple/HTC/Nokia/Microsoft... please try a little harder.

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'Smartphone Innovation'

Given that pretty much every consumer smartphone now is a capacitive touchscreen slab, unfortunately something like a hardware Facebook button is quite innovative. Just look at the rest of HTC's smartphones: they all look the same. Try and get the average person on the street to tell the difference between a Sensation, Incredible S and Desire S. Even the Windows Phones look almost the same (HTC Desire HD to HD7, Desire S to Trophy).

The only really different type of smartphone is the QWERTY messenger, and they'll fade with RIM and Symbian's decline.

I miss the days of bonkers phone design. The Nokia N90 and E70 come to mind.

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Almost OK

Just get rid of the Fartbook button and it's a winner for real people

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Wow! A Facebook button!

I reverse engineered this and managed to make a version that works on my Nexus One.

I call it......an icon!

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MrT
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I hope...

... you didn't round the corners...

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battery

So which is it? 1250mAh or 1520mAh? The box-out says 1250 but the text says 1520. Don't suppose it matters much but enquiring minds and all that.

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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.

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@A. Facebook. Button. Sigh.

> Is this what passes for innovation nowadays?

But the question is .... did they patent it!

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Par for the course?

How is 480x320 par for the course so long as you can buy the Orange San Francisco with a full 800x480 screen for under £100?

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Or...

Given the £300 price tag, an original desire with 800x480 AMOLED, a 1Ghz processor and more RAM.

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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!

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Re: Two phones I'd like to see

+1 They'd have my pounds if they did a smaller premium smartphone.

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here you go...

http://www.dell.com/us/p/mobile-venue-pro/pd

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@Dogged

Alas the Venue Pro doesn't quite meet the requirements, as the keyboard is still a tiny cramp-inducing portrait qwerty not a number pad like dumbphones of yore.

Plus it runs an operating system I've never heard of. Windows what-now?

I kid, I kid...

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So they removed the scroll button from the phone...

...and put a similarly sized facebook button. Bit of a step backwards.

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Licensing

I wonder who pays whom (FB or HTC), and how much, for putting the button there?

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No Flash?

From what spec I've found the Salsa runs a ARMv6 processor, so no native flash then :(

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The odd shaped chin...

I find the chin (on my old Hero, at least) makes the phone more comfortable to hold and manipulate with one hand - it kind of hooks onto your thumb. Also, if you place the phone face-down on a flat surface, neither the screen, nor any hardware buttons, touch the surface. It's a nice piece of design, even if it does look a little odd.

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Uh-oh

"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"

...like that isn't a disaster waiting to happen.

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trackpad

I wish htc would start putting optical trackpads back on their phones

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