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.


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:
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Build number – 1.33.401.2.CL44680

HTC Wildfire S Video Review:


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


  • Underpowered processor
  • Virtual keyboard too small
  • In-call quality far from great

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