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HTC Wildfire S Review

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Interface:

We covered Sense 2.1 in considerable detail in our HTC Desire S review, and true to HTC’s past behaviors, the interface of the Wildfire S is virtually identical.

To offer a quick recap, you are given 7 home screens that can be customized. Key improvements are found in performance and app / setting management, with a staggered app drawer and quick settings accessible from the notifications pull down bar.

The HTC Wildfire S is powered by HTC Sense 2.1 - HTC Wildfire S Review
The HTC Wildfire S is powered by HTC Sense 2.1 - HTC Wildfire S Review
The HTC Wildfire S is powered by HTC Sense 2.1 - HTC Wildfire S Review
The HTC Wildfire S is powered by HTC Sense 2.1 - HTC Wildfire S Review

The HTC Wildfire S is powered by HTC Sense 2.1


HTC's widgets add a huge amount of functionality and user-friendliness. Examples of these include the email widget, calendar and the ubiquitous clock widget.

HTC's widgets add a huge amount of functionality - HTC Wildfire S Review
HTC's widgets add a huge amount of functionality - HTC Wildfire S Review

HTC's widgets add a huge amount of functionality


Social networking on the handset is heavily skinned, with HTC's Friend Stream giving you access to all your Twitter and Facebook news from your homescreen and within its own app.

Friend Stream - Social networking - HTC Wildfire S Review
Social networking - HTC Wildfire S Review
Social networking - HTC Wildfire S Review

Friend Stream

  

Social networking


Email and messaging on the HTC Wildfire S offer the same functions as any Android handset, though HTC have tweaked the visual, keeping them in theme with the rest of Sense UI.

E-mail and messaging - HTC Wildfire S Review
E-mail and messaging - HTC Wildfire S Review

E-mail and messaging


Speaking of messaging, the keyboard itself is one point of contention. Given the small screen, when in portrait, it remains virtually unusable unless stationary, and even in landscape our oversized fingers kept missing this undersized screen, instead making a b-line for the capacitive buttons, constantly returning us home when all we wanted to do was press enter. SlideIT provides some relief to this frustration, though HTC is normally good at delivering complete out of the box solutions.

The on-screen keyboards of the HTC Wildfire S - HTC Wildfire S Review
The on-screen keyboards of the HTC Wildfire S - HTC Wildfire S Review

The on-screen keyboards of the HTC Wildfire S



Camera and Multimedia:

Considering the compact form factor, we're pleased to see a flash accompanying the 5MP autofocus camera on the HTC Wildfire S. With slightly under-saturated images being the default output from the handset and shutter lag being present, detail levels are nevertheless good. Thanks to noise suppression, low light shots aren’t too grainy and the flash performs well for small groups / objects, though nothing more ambitious.

The camera interface - HTC Wildfire S Review
The camera interface - HTC Wildfire S Review
The camera interface - HTC Wildfire S Review

The camera interface


Samples made with the HTC Wildfire S - HTC Wildfire S Review
Samples made with the HTC Wildfire S - HTC Wildfire S Review
Samples made with the HTC Wildfire S - HTC Wildfire S Review
Samples made with the HTC Wildfire S - HTC Wildfire S Review
Samples made with the HTC Wildfire S - HTC Wildfire S Review
Samples made with the HTC Wildfire S - HTC Wildfire S Review
Samples made with the HTC Wildfire S - HTC Wildfire S Review
Samples made with the HTC Wildfire S - HTC Wildfire S Review
Samples made with the HTC Wildfire S - HTC Wildfire S Review
Samples made with the HTC Wildfire S - HTC Wildfire S Review
Samples made with the HTC Wildfire S - HTC Wildfire S Review
Samples made with the HTC Wildfire S - HTC Wildfire S Review
Samples made with the HTC Wildfire S - HTC Wildfire S Review
Samples made with the HTC Wildfire S - HTC Wildfire S Review
Samples made with the HTC Wildfire S - HTC Wildfire S Review
Samples made with the HTC Wildfire S - HTC Wildfire S Review

Samples made with the HTC Wildfire S


Video capture caps out at VGA resolution. The output is of mediocre quality suffering from patchy frame rates. Captured video can be comfortably exported to another phone or YouTube, but will crack under any higher caliber expectations.

HTC Wildfire S Sample Video:




With a microSD card slot on board, you can store up to 32GB of music. The unit also has a 3.5mm jack and is relatively small, so using the HTC Wildfire S as a primary MP3 player is a realistic ambition, as is using it for video playback, though unless you’re a fan of eye strain, we’d probably prefer viewing at 20 minute sitcom over a 10 hour trilogy.

The music player - HTC Wildfire S Review
The music player - HTC Wildfire S Review

The music player



Internet and Connectivity:

The HTC Wildfire S offers quad-band GSM, dual-band 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. While web browsing on a small screen isn't ideal, thanks to the improved resolution of the display, the handset definitely trumps its predecessor on that front. Browsing is all done through the native Gingerbread browser with all your standard perks such as multi-touch and Flash support.

Surfing the web with the HTC Wildfire S - HTC Wildfire S Review
Surfing the web with the HTC Wildfire S - HTC Wildfire S Review

Surfing the web with the HTC Wildfire S



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posted on 13 May 2011, 11:51

1. A4 (unregistered)


What kind of review is this? No word about wireless,GPS,sound quality,multimedia,etc...I give you a 3.5 for this review.

posted on 13 May 2011, 13:38

2. Biswa (unregistered)


What about the price and launch date of this device in Indian market?

posted on 13 May 2011, 22:07

3. modibimal (unregistered)


This review says it supports flash, really??

I think Indian price will be @ Rs.15k and will probably launch in June'11.

posted on 18 May 2011, 19:31

4. LXH (unregistered)


I will never choose Samsung Gio

Gio has only 158mb ROM ( which is really ironic for installing apps ) while Wildfire S has 512 Rom and even 512 Ram

posted on 18 May 2011, 23:52

5. Neo (unregistered)


Very vague review. you've left most of the things uncovered, only a sentence or two on the flash browser and battery life? huh! that's ridiculous. And nothing about the apps section? Why r we here for?

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 06:56

7. alekya (unregistered)


waste phone....................

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 06:57

8. alekya (unregistered)


first use the phone and post comments....

posted on 14 Jun 2011, 09:35 2

9. UnKnwN (unregistered)


Are you talkin to urself .. ??

posted on 11 May 2012, 03:13

19. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


i am an owner of this great baby HTC. so i presume i have da rites to comment? ;)

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 10:44 3

11. Thewildflare S (unregistered)


WHy you talk to yourself? crazy poop.....

posted on 16 Oct 2011, 15:08

17. roy (unregistered)


guys stop quarelling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 15 Jun 2011, 18:58

10. Aj (unregistered)


haha what a mediocre kind of review^^... after reading thie so-called-review, it left me hanging with 85% more questions left:) TY for that phone arena.. GSMARENA is WAYYYY BETTER!!

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 01:45

12. purvesh (unregistered)


dear all kindly give me suggestion,

i am going to buy HTC wildfire s, screen resolution for the same is as good as samsung galaxy or HTC incredible s?

posted on 12 Aug 2011, 19:08

13. Geez (unregistered)


I wish you wrote more than two sentences on the call quality. I need to buy a phone that actually functions as a phone.

posted on 26 Aug 2011, 02:06

14. lalalla (unregistered)


NO ACCELEROMOMETER
THE SENSORS OF WILDFIRE S ARE
G-SENSOR
DIGITAL COMPASS
PROXIMITY
AMBIENT LIGHT

posted on 17 Sep 2011, 21:43 1

15. sathish kumar p (unregistered)


tell me the truth,today i am going to buy this phone. How is the battery life?

posted on 01 Oct 2011, 01:03 1

16. creepy7 (unregistered)


Buy it and find out

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 17:50

23. iris1998 (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 Feb 2013)


It sucks!

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 11:37

18. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Why blame on the keyboard? its your fingers to blame. good thing my fingers are lanky and i can type messages wif my wildfire S in portrait mode with great ease.

@Sathish Kumar P, the battery life can last at most for 5 days. if you use the apps and internets via WIFI, it may only last till 12 hours.

posted on 16 Sep 2012, 09:17

20. raghed88 (Posts: 2; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


dears; please i need your help to chose between HTC wildfire s & Sony ericsson Wt 19 live with walkman?? please your kind feedback :)

posted on 13 Oct 2012, 12:07

21. wildfire (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


that is one of the best mobile phone with android http:/www.electrogsm.pl i have it from 6 mounths and i'm really pleased

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 17:50

22. iris1998 (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 Feb 2013)


okay. so i have this phone.. the battery sucks... it has not data or memory and you can barely get ANY apps. It force closes out of everything. Sometime it is VERY slow and it even shuts off sometime. I thought this phone was going to be a good one but no. now im stuck with this phone for a year because my mom wont bye new one so yeah this phone SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 02 May 2013, 02:49

24. singandsign (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 May 2013)


Horrible product. Never works. They are tweakers and they steal icons....plus, they talk s**t from behind a computer which I get...because they are pussies that can only talk s**t from behind a computer...

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