HTC Wildfire S

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HTC is known to produce one the highest quality phones in the market. From its range of high end and mid range phones, they have done great in the budget-low end series with the HTC Wildfire S. The HTC Wildfire S is a simple small sized smartphone designed and built with simplicity. It is a great Android entry level smartphone. It is quiet catchy for its small size, its really small. Let us know more about it in detail.
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Design

HTC Wildfire S Design
HTC Wildfire S is a small phone. The metallic feel does not make you think you are holding something cheap. HTC has done real great on the design front. The phone has a good design; the body is curved over the corners. It has a decent thickness and weighs just 105 grams but that’s courtesy small size than any engineering innovations. The smartphone has a 3.5 mm jack, volume controller and a microUSB port. The dimensions of this phone are as follows: 101.3 x 59.4 x 12.4 mm (3.99 x 2.34 x 0.49 in). It comes in the following colors: Black, Silver, Brown, Lilac.

Display

HTC Wildfire S Display
The display on this smart phone is fairly decent, nothing too bad or wow. The colors are good, good saturation but the blacks are little off and needs more of the uniformity throughout. The display is a 3.2 inch TFT capacitive touch screen display which has a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. The pixel density on the display is a good 180ppi. We don’t think it’s ideal for long hours of entertainment but yeah quiet good. Display on the HTC Wildfire S does not display all the 16 million colors but 256K.

Performance

HTC Wildfire S Performance

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Packed with a 600 GHz Qualcomm ARM processor it does a good job to power your tasks going on. To support this relatively slower processor is 512MB RAM. The phone really becomes irritatingly slow as the memory keeps on increasing. It is really terrible. But, with making a good balance the smart device performs okay for an entry level phone. Even the bulky apps run like a snail on the device hence not close to being acceptable for good gaming experience. The 2G gives you a talktime of 7h 10 min and standby of 320h. On 3G you get talktime of 5h 50 min and standby of 570h.

Camera

HTC Wildfire S Camera
HTC Wildfire S fancies a very good 5MP. HTC has always been commendable for their quality in built, design, display, sound and the camera. This phone is no different; the HTC Wildfire S has a 5MP primary camera sensor which captures photographs in resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels. It takes video in VGA quality without any video stabilization. The camera can use autofocus, touch to focus and led flash. Pretty basic things you need on your smartphone camera. The missing of a secondary camera is kind of a setback but then many phones in the same price lack that.

Software

Android Gingerbread
The core that makes the basic skeleton of HTC Wildfire S’s being is the Android v2.3 Gingerbread which is upgradable to v3.2.5 Gingerbread. No Android v4.0 update for the phone. Android brings good customization on the table which is limited due to HTC Sense 2 which is the UI of the phone by HTC themselves. Android has tons of applications lined up for users. The HTC Wildfire S does not have a Google Play Store but the Store in it accesses the Play Store itself. The common games are all there in the store: Asphalt, Temple Run, Angry Birds etc. Jacked up, the phone can be customized from the ground up. Here, we do think the HTC Sense v2 on this device lacks more of the skin than on Samsung’s own TouchWiz UI. It is a great platform for developers. SDK of Android is just blissful to have.

Memory and Data

HTC provides you with 2GB of internal memory space. Well, that’s ok for an average device. You can boom it to 32GB if you choose to do so by buying a microSD card, but as we said, it would just slow your phone down too much. Be careful. The main memory or the RAM on this phone is 512MB. The RAM is good enough for a relatively slower processor. You can connect to the internet via the WLAN by connecting to Wi-Fi or simply use the 2G and 3G networks that are supported.

Final Thoughts

HTC Wildfire S is a good phone to be celebrated in its range. It has a really good camera, UI and performance. Frankly there are better phones in the same bracket but this no worse. But undoubtedly this phone is one of the highest quality smartphone in entry level arena. Buy it, it has good sound, a decent display and loads more you can count on.

HTC Wildfire S comes for about Rs. 7200

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GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
HSDPA 850 / 1900 or HSDPA 2100 (Australia)
SIM Mini-SIM
Announced 2011, February
Status Available. Released 2011, May
BODY Dimensions 101.3 x 59.4 x 12.4 mm (3.99 x 2.34 x 0.49 in)
Weight 105 g (3.70 oz)
DISPLAY Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors
Size 320 x 480 pixels, 3.2 inches (~180 ppi pixel density)
– HTC Sense 2.1 UI
SOUND Alert types Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB, 2 GB included
Internal 512 MB ROM, 512 MB RAM (418 MB user available)
DATA GPRS Up to 114 kbps
EDGE Up to 560 kbps
Speed HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 384 Kbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v3.0 with A2DP, EDR
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality
Features Geo-tagging, face detection
Video Yes, VGA@24fps
Secondary No
FEATURES OS Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread), upgradable to v2.3.5 (Gingerbread)
Chipset Qulacomm MSM7227
CPU 600 MHz ARM 11
GPU Adreno 200
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Black, Silver, Brown, Lilac
– SNS integration
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail
– YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa
– MP3/AAC+/WAV player
– Xvid/MP4/H.264 player
– Organizer
– Voice memo
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Li-Ion 1230 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 360 h (2G) / Up to 570 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 7 h 10 min (2G) / Up to 5 h 50 min (3G)

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Review Overview
  • Design8
  • Software7
  • Features6
  • Camera7
  • Performance 6
  • Value for Money8
Total Score7.0

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