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HTC Wildfire S Review

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HTC Wildfire S Review
You get 600MHz of processing power under the hood and Android 2.3 in the driver's seat making for an undeniably underpowered smartphone. With HTC Sense being so good and making us want to use all its memory hungry widgets, occasional stutters and slowdown should be expected which is a shame.

In-call quality also has room for improvements, with us hearing soft audio when on a call. Callers we spoke to told us we were audible but un-sharp, so while perfectly functional, the handset doesn't give a premium phone experience.

With just over 7 hours of talk time and 15 days standby, battery life on the Wildfire S is standard, with a day of medium usage being a realistic expectation.


Conclusion:

The HTC Wildfire S is a neat, compact smartphone. Naturally, with the small form-factor comes some loss in functionality, specifically applying to the usability of a virtual keyboard on its 3.2" screen. The other drawback comes in the form of the underpowered processor resulting in lag. On the flip-side, screen quality benefits from decent resolution while Gingerbread with HTC Sense serves up a user-friendly treat. This makes for a good phone that could have been better. Alternatives include the upcoming Xperia mini if the compactness does it for you, or the Samsung Galaxy Gio for an alternative UI in a similar form factor.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Kernel version – 2.6.35.10-g60b2609
Baseband version – 47.10.35.3029H_7.46.35.08
Build number – 1.33.401.2.CL44680

HTC Wildfire S Video Review:



Pros

  • Good screen
  • Sense 2.1 is user friendly
  • Camera performs well

Cons

  • Underpowered processor
  • Virtual keyboard too small
  • In-call quality far from great
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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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Display3.2 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (180 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 MSM7227, Single core, 600 MHz, ARM11 processor
512 MB RAM
Size3.99 x 2.34 x 0.49 inches
(101.3 x 59.4 x 12.4 mm)
3.70 oz  (105 g)
Battery1230 mAh, 7.1 hours talk time

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