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HTC Wildfire S User Reviews

6.6 Based on 14 Reviews

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Camera6.8/10
Multimedia6.3/10
Internet6.9/10
Call quality7.5/10
Battery4.5/10
Reception7.7/10
Display6.5/10
Build quality6.9/10
Text input7/10
Everyday usage6.6/10
UI speed5.4/10

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wackwella
posted on 29 May 2014, 01:42 (Posts: 0; Member since: 29 May 2014)

6

Durable and using it for 3 years but nothing special

wackwella has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review

This phone has dropped so many times and it was washed away and found in mud, I smashed this phone to the ground and the digitizer glass was broken and I replaced that with a digitizer brought from ebey so no issues with that, so this phones is indeed durable with accidents unlike my wife's samsung galaxy s2. Lack of memory is a serious issue to me and also battery

Build quality 10/10 Supprised with durability of this device
Reception 7/10
Call quality 7/10
Internet 6/10
Multimedia 6/10
Camera 5/10
UI speed 6/10
Everyday usage 9/10 I brought this because of the size, easy on for my pocket as I don't like to put big phones in my pocket.
Text input 6/10 hard to touch
Display 5/10
Battery 2/10 awful

Pros

  • Durability

Cons

  • battery
  • memorry

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Fadeless
posted on 24 Mar 2014, 03:08 (Posts: 0; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)

4

My dreadful experience.

Fadeless has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review

- I have had no positive experience with this phone.

- The fact that they put a lot of integrated applications when you hardly get any space is a complete joke. Memory wise this phone is useless. I only had about 4 to 5 apps and the internal memory was full... they weren't big apps just your average sized app.

- This phone is incredibly weak. It even struggles to load web pages and if the page is to big it shuts down the browser completely. Apps are slow due to its weak processor and low ram. It could be simple messaging apps such as Line, and it lags and closes the app down.

- Small screen is very bad for the user and has a lot of downsides, never buy a phone with a small screen, trust me on this.

I could go on and on about the negatives but I guess you get what you pay for. I would highly advice people to not invest in this phone at all.

Build quality 5/10 Scratches a lot. Dust in screen, dust everywhere and it gets full again after I clean it in one day. Too small.
Reception 6/10
Call quality 5/10
Internet 2/10 Internet browser closes all the time. Internet is too slow on a fast wifi and a good provider.
Multimedia 2/10 Can't view large and long videos because it gets way to slow or force closes. Crap sound quality.
Camera 3/10 No just no. Video and picture quality is dreadful, takes pictures way to slow and refocuses 1000 times before it manages to take on which by then you would have missed the photo or made people stand there like idiots for ages.
UI speed 2/10 Too damn slow, everything is too slow!
Everyday usage 4/10 You can make calls and have a few text chats or whatsapp chats although you will be stressed out by the end.
Text input 5/10 Average and it lags sometimes and starts spazzing.
Display 4/10 Crap resolution, small screen, no HD and no nothing.
Battery 4/10 Average, mostly due do the fact that you can't have any apps on there so battery can last a bit. No more than half a day.

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borts8
posted on 28 Nov 2013, 16:54 (Posts: 0; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)

2

Piece of Crap

borts8 has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review

Phone is prone to breaking down. Camera takes ages to snap a pic because it refocuses a trillion times so you miss the picture. Had the phone for a year when basically everything stopped working and now it can take up to 10mins to write a three word text message! Definitely DO NOT RECOMMENDED.

Build quality 2/10
Reception 8/10 Depends which carrier you were with, but Virgin provided good reception coverage.
Call quality 3/10 At first good then about after a year of having this phone calls would hang out randomly and then my phone wouldn't even acknowledge me trying to answer a call and will always hang up.
Internet 3/10 Slow but it works.
Multimedia 2/10 Camera crap, no fm radio, music feature pretty crap, no memory even if you have a SD card so you can only have like 3 songs on your phone anyway. Internet slow and pretty crap.
Camera 3/10 Takes foreverrrr to focus so by the time the picture actually takes it's way too late. Also there is no front-facing camera either.
UI speed 2/10 Lags, doesn't recognise when you tap, can take about 10 minutes now to write a 3 word text message!
Everyday usage 1/10 I absolutely hate this phone. Dies after a year with touch screen not working and other features on top of its slow processing.
Text input 2/10 Good at first but once it hit a year when the warranty had conveniently expired my phone wouldn't let me text anymore. Even when I wouldn't be touching the phone it would start texting in gibberish and there is nothing you can do to stop it besides turn off the phone.
Display 3/10 Good enough.
Battery 1/10 Ugh. I have an SD card and so many things won't go on your SD card. HTC put on too many useless apps onto the phone which take up all your storage so like me you can only manage to have 3 apps.

Pros

Cons

  • Everything

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syntr
posted on 27 Nov 2013, 07:51 (Posts: 0; Member since: 27 Nov 2013)

4

Stay Away

syntr has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review

Had the phone for 2 years. worked ''okay'' for a year, could play games, internet, music. Then, after a year, forget about the games. wipe all memory, the only thing u can do is play music, but don't text becuase it'll break down. 1 thing at the time, patience people. Internet takes ages to load, DO NOT dowload apps at any cost, it will block.
the fun thing happened after 1 year 8 months, when the 'on'' button stopped working, fell of, and I now, press it with a coin, to get it started.

I like the interface and i'd guess the fault is in the gingerbread and well, the phone is old, therefore battery life sucks. I bet newer htc phones are much better, still not going to buy another htc for a while.

Build quality 6/10
Reception 9/10 Always nice.. when it doesn't block for no reason.
Call quality 8/10
Internet 3/10 it works.
Multimedia 6/10
Camera 4/10 It takes alright photos.
UI speed 2/10 for the fist 2 months, okay. after.. block way too much
Everyday usage 4/10
Text input 7/10
Display 4/10 low ppi, nice that you can adjust brightness
Battery 2/10 Dies in two hours after a year and 8 months.

Pros

  • looks nice

Cons

  • BATTERY life
  • UI speed

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Zainb313
posted on 12 Sep 2013, 12:16 (Posts: 0; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)

5

Not recommended at all

Zainb313 has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review

its good for the beginners, for the people who want to try android OS, other-wise ...i dont recommend it at all ...alot of issues of you use it frequently, oh and the charging gets completed in about 12 hours and finishes in about 3 to 4 hours if used otherwise, 10 hours..thats the best! :D

Build quality 7/10
Reception 8/10
Call quality 8/10
Internet 8/10
Multimedia 6/10
Camera 8/10
UI speed 2/10
Everyday usage 2/10
Text input 9/10
Display 5/10
Battery 2/10

Pros

  • easy to use

Cons

  • too small
  • very slow
  • only 150mb internal memory
  • not good for playing games
  • automatic shut down after some time

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usamxtreme
posted on 29 Mar 2013, 15:38 (Posts: 0; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)

10

QUIETLY BRILLIANT...!!!

usamxtreme has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

Look at the HTC Wildfire S at first glance, you may think it is a puny, crappy phone. But NO...the baby smartphone that is aimed for teens is actually much more powerful. Do not understand what i said? Read on and you will know.
----------BODY----------
The Wild.S(short for Wildfire S) sports a small cute body which fits into most palms, be it big or small. Although it's back cover is kind of cheapy, but it is made of Rubberized Plastic, to ensure you will never drop the Phone anymore. What is great and nice about the design is that it features a 2 tone colour scheme. On the body, it has a 3.5mm headphone jack and a standby/on and off switch at the top. At the side, there is a volume switch and a Micro USB jack below. on the phone's bottom, you'll find a microphone and a hole to put straps. Lastly, on the back of the phone, there is a 5mp camera, LED Flash and a loud speaker.
----------SCREEN----------
On the minature sized body, the Wild.S has a modest 3.2 inch TFT screen, that is
Scratch resistant. the 180ppi screen is capacitive and multi touch. Screen's resolution is 320x480, which is good for the small screen. Also, when displaying image, it is clear and made the tiny details able to be seen.
----------HARDWARE----------
The phone runs Android 2.3.3 (Upgradable to 2.3.5) and underneath the mini body of the Wild.S, there lies a humble Qualcomn Single core 600MHZ processor. Before jumping into conclusions that the Wild.S is slow, this 600mhz performs better than you think....  

Build quality 10/10
Reception 9/10
Call quality 10/10
Internet 9/10
Multimedia 9/10
Camera 10/10
UI speed 9/10
Everyday usage 10/10
Text input 10/10
Display 10/10
Battery 9/10

Pros

  • Awsome camera
  • Light and Compact
  • Easy to Use
  • Better Display
  • Corning Gorilla Glass

Cons

  • less memory
  • 600 Mhz

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FaseihS
posted on 27 Mar 2013, 10:14 (Posts: 0; Member since: 27 Mar 2013)

10

Good Phone

FaseihS has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

A wonderful phone having good camera and result.Processor is good for it and have all htc qualities.Its graphics are much good for a low budgeted phone but its problem is its low internal memory (150mb).Battery stands for a day on nirmal usage.

Build quality 10/10
Reception 8/10
Call quality 10/10 call quality is extremely good.
Internet 9/10
Multimedia 8/10
Camera 9/10
UI speed 8/10
Everyday usage 8/10
Text input 9/10
Display 9/10
Battery 7/10

Pros

  • Camera 5 MP
  • Display Quality

Cons

  • Internal Memory is low (150 MB)
  • Armv6 Processor

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buster001
posted on 20 Jan 2013, 20:40 (Posts: 0; Member since: 20 Jan 2013)

6

HTC Wildfire S

buster001 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

Not impressed with squelching and poor audio quality. The vendor replaced the sim card no change in audio performance. Still waiting for Virgin to do something, we decided to drop this product one the new BB arrives.

Build quality 6/10
Reception 2/10
Call quality 2/10
Internet 8/10
Multimedia 5/10
Camera 9/10
UI speed 5/10
Everyday usage 7/10
Text input 9/10
Display 9/10
Battery 4/10

Pros

  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Lots of squelching and call failures. Slow response from techs still not fixed. Will go to Black Berry on next release.

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popeha
posted on 19 Jan 2013, 03:03 (Posts: 0; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)

4

suck

popeha has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

this phone is very suck .. low memory , low resolution , low every thing :( i hate this mobile .... only thing i love in it is the weather animation ,,, but totally the mobile is very bad .............................

Build quality 3/10
Reception 4/10
Call quality 5/10
Internet 6/10
Multimedia 5/10
Camera 6/10
UI speed 2/10
Everyday usage 2/10
Text input 2/10
Display 3/10
Battery 2/10

Pros

Cons

  • low memory
  • slow processor

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person1001
posted on 25 Oct 2012, 07:53 (Posts: 0; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)

8

Good cheap phone

person1001 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

This is a good little phone! It is one of the better phones in it's price range and for it's compact size has a lot of good features. It probably has one of the best cameras in it's price range, (5 MP) compared to other phones which typically have a 3.2 MP camera. It's quite stylish and fits in my hand well. HTC Sense is also quite good. Although, it has a very small internal memory and gets scratched easily.

Build quality 4/10 Scratches easily.
Reception 9/10 Compares well to other phone even more expensive than it
Call quality 9/10 People easy to understand
Internet 8/10 Browser easy to use, sometimes slow
Multimedia 9/10 Has a very good music player and plays music well, videos look ok
Camera 10/10 One of the best cameras in its price range, have shot some great photos.
UI speed 5/10 sometimes slow in changing screens and unlocking the phone, this could be because of a near full memory
Everyday usage 10/10 Works well in messaging phone book, alarms etc
Text input 9/10 Auto correct works well, helpful but not intrusive. sometimes laggy
Display 7/10 Good screen colours but very hard to see in sunlight, screen sometimes unresponsive
Battery 7/10 It needs to be charged every day but then most phones today have to be charged daily

Pros

  • Camera
  • Easy to use
  • Call quality
  • Small
  • Good Auto Correct
  • Music player

Cons

  • Small memory
  • Small RAM
  • Scratches easily
  • Battery

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Raymond_htc
posted on 06 Apr 2012, 12:20 (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)

9

Don't Judge this phone by its looks- Its far more powerful than you think.

Raymond_htc has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

Look at the HTC Wildfire S at first glance, you may think it is a puny, crappy phone. But NO...the baby smartphone that is aimed for teens is actually much more powerful. Do not understand what i said? Read on and you will know.
----------BODY----------
The Wild.S(short for Wildfire S) sports a small cute body which fits into most palms, be it big or small. Although it's back cover is kind of cheapy, but it is made of Rubberized Plastic, to ensure you will never drop the Phone anymore. What is great and nice about the design is that it features a 2 tone colour scheme. On the body, it has a 3.5mm headphone jack and a standby/on and off switch at the top. At the side, there is a volume switch and a Micro USB jack below. on the phone's bottom, you'll find a microphone and a hole to put straps. Lastly, on the back of the phone, there is a 5mp camera, LED Flash and a loud speaker.
----------SCREEN----------
On the minature sized body, the Wild.S has a modest 3.2 inch TFT screen, that is
Scratch resistant. the 180ppi screen is capacitive and multi touch. Screen's resolution is 320x480, which is good for the small screen. Also, when displaying image, it is clear and made the tiny details able to be seen.
----------HARDWARE----------
The phone runs Android 2.3.3 (Upgradable to 2.3.5) and underneath the mini body of the Wild.S, there lies a humble Qualcomn Single core 600MHZ processor. Before jumping into conclusions that the Wild.S is slow, this 600mhz performs better than you think....  

Build quality 8/10 The back cover felt a little cheap, but it is still acceptable. Besides that, the back cover is made of rubberized plastic, which means better grip.
Reception 9/10 When Messaging or calling, it responds fast!
Call quality 9/10 Crystal clear.
Internet 10/10 Well for its class, the internet loading time is actually, really fast, for a phone with a humble Qualcomn Single Core 600Mhz Processor. Well done for Internet loading and quality. Also, when pinch to zoom a text in a site, it automatically suits the screen, all thanks to HTC Sense! Well done!
Multimedia 7/10 Well, there is room for improvement here. The Speaker volume could be louder, it is not loud enough. Also, there are no equalizers settings...
Camera 8/10 When using the 5MP with LED Flash and autofocus camera, the Frame rate is not that good, and it should be improved on. Also, video capturing frame rate is quite bad too. Give it 8/10 rating as the image quality is VERY GOOD! So does the Video quality!
UI speed 10/10 10/10! Why? For a 600MHZ Phone, you might expect it lag, screen freezing now and then. But do not belittle the 600MHZ in the heart of this phone. MINIMAL LAGS! MINIMAL CRASHES! GOOD! Also, the frame rate is superb.
Everyday usage 9/10 Well, it did a good job at this section, the only problem lies with its 512mb memory. that is small now. but hey, we can expand the memory with an micro SD card, up to 32GB! ;)
Text input 8/10 The QWERTY Keyboard here is quite small, in fact, big fingers are not welcome. but besides the Size problem, the keyboard is quite responsive and fast.
Display 9/10 BRILLIANT DISPLAY! For a 3.2 inch with 320x480 resolution, the images displayed on the screen is clear, and those tiny details can be seen too!
Battery 6/10 Well, sorry for rating this section 6.... the battery could improve on a little. I used the phone, and it runs flat in 3 days. But, that's okay for me :)

Pros

  • Small Size
  • Lightweight
  • Good resolution for a 3.2 inch screen (340x480 resolution)
  • Scratch resistant screen
  • Intuitive and stunning HTC Sense 2.1 UI
  • Fast internet browsing, despite having 600mhz speed
  • Minimal lags.
  • Benchmark tests shows it has around 780+ (better than Samsung Galaxy Ace)
  • Wide array of Widgets to choose from
  • Detailed camera shots (5MP)

Cons

  • slow processor-600mhz
  • Bad framerate when video capturing
  • Weak Battery life (1-3days)
  • Thick (12.4mm)
  • Lags and freezes when too much apps are opened
  • Speaker needs to be louder when using the music app

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nik bramta
posted on 05 Aug 2011, 04:12

8

wildfire s

nik bramta has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

The phone simply puts a smile across your face when you use it for the first time .But as you start to explore the features , you start to giggle that you have bought a masterpiece , and that good experience continues as its features list put all your requirements to rest , but soon you realize few things that continually dampen the experience of using the phone .

1. processor though apt for average usage tends to hang up on serious multitasking or e.g. when you put on customized themes etc. thanks to only a 600 mhz processor which is why the phone struggles a bit .
2. the screen is ok for the most part other than when you realize that texting is a pain due to the small screen and blokes with big fingers will suffer, but all touch phones are a struggle when typing but the the excellent capacitive touchscreen simply take your breath away by its smoothness .
3. the camera has an average performance with the pictures not quite as sharp as you want then to be and the videos just not up to the scratch when compared to 5 mp cameras from nokia .
4. one thing that really kills the whole experience of using the phone ,putting the small niggles mentioned above aside is the battery back up . you have to literally carry charger with you because on average usage you have to charge it at least 2to3 times a day . that could be a deal breaker if you travel to a place where you can't charge it . But all smart phones using google android os have a dismal battery backup.

Build quality 8/10
Reception 9/10
Call quality 9/10
Internet 9/10
Multimedia 8/10
Camera 6/10
UI speed 8/10
Everyday usage 9/10
Text input 6/10
Display 8/10
Battery 4/10

Pros

  • several

Cons

  • battery back up
  • texting on a relatively smallish screen
  • only a 600 mhz processor

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Djhardy
posted on 29 Jun 2011, 03:51

8

SIMPLY THE BEST

Djhardy has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

Cool good looking phone at a great price feature packed with great htc typical build quality and loaded with android 2.3 with htc sense 2.1 UI
but downsize is the processor which is just 600 mhz not underpowered but no beast too but its acceptable if u dnt do heavy multitasking
also do remember its a budget phone and u get lots and lots for ur price overall thumbs up

Build quality 9/10
Reception 10/10
Call quality 10/10
Internet 7/10
Multimedia 8/10
Camera 7/10
UI speed 6/10
Everyday usage 9/10
Text input 6/10
Display 7/10
Battery 6/10

Pros

  • amzing features
  • better much improved screen res than predcessor
  • htc typical build quality
  • cornering gorilla glass display quite strong
  • android 2.3 with sense ui is awesome
  • good sound
  • pocket friendly
  • lots more

Cons

  • processor not for heavy multitasking
  • no front facing camera
  • touch senstive keys comes in the way while typing often
  • battery backup

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5262
posted on 25 Jun 2011, 13:43

8

"AMAZING" BABY ANROID

5262 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

i have been using thi phone since 3 weeks It’s an inexpensive droid that offers some premium goodies. it has a excellent build and the latest Android 2.3. Sense is a great the screen is the major beneficiary: it retains the 3.2” diagonal but gets a welcome boost to HVGA resolution.

Build quality 9/10
Reception 10/10
Call quality 10/10
Internet 8/10
Multimedia 7/10
Camera 7/10
UI speed 8/10
Everyday usage 9/10
Text input 10/10
Display 8/10
Battery 7/10

Pros

  • Light and compact
  • Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) with HTC Sense 2.1 UI
  • XviD video support
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n with hotspot functionality

Cons

  • No HD 720p video recording
  • No secondary videocall camera

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