HTC Wildfire S Review and Price Details

Key specifications

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 3.2 inch TFT touchscreen
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • 600 MHz Scorpion processor
  • 2G & 3G support
  • FM Radio

Price: Rs. 9000 to 9500 (approx)

Review

The HTC Wildfire S is a full touch smartphone running on Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system. It is powered by a 600 MHz Qualcomm Scorpion processor and has 512 MB of RAM. The HTC Wildfire S is the next version of the HTC Wildfire. In the Wildfire S, HTC has fixed all the drawbacks that were present in the Wildfire. Most notably, the Wildfire S comes with an enhanced screen resolution and a better processor.

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Screen and UI

The HTC Wildfire S comes with a 3.2-inch TFT screen that supports a resolution of 480×320 pixels. This is better than the 240×320 pixel resolution of the Wildfire. The screen supports 256K colors. Similar to other HTC phones, the Wildfire S comes with HTC’s proprietary Sense UI which features improvements for easy navigation and use of the phone. The UI also comes with a feature known as ‘Friend Stream’ which brings all updates of friends on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Flickr together on one screen. This feature is a plus if you use your phone a lot for social networking.

Camera

The HTC Wildfire S comes with a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash. The camera can be used to shoot images in low light conditions and even then the images are not grainy. The camera can also be used for recording videos at 24 fps.

Design considerations

The Wildfire S comes with a metallic finish in a small frame which makes it fit well into your palm. It is also easy to carry around as it is very light weight at 105 grams.

The phone also comes with sensors such as an accelerometer, proximity sensor and ambient light sensor which can be expected from any smartphone in this segment.

Storage and battery

The HTC Wildfire S comes with 512 MB of storage. This can be expanded up to 32 GB using microSD card.

The phone is powered by a 1230 mAh Lithium ion battery which gives a talk time of up to 4 hours and standby time of around 120 hours.

Connectivity and other features

The Wildfire S supports GPRS, EDGE, 3G and Wi-Fi. It has the Wi-Fi hotspot feature which allows you to share the Internet connection with other devices which support Wi-Fi. Other connectivity features include Bluetooth, and USB. The phone also features a 3.5 mm audio jack and you can use generic headphones with it. Other features include A-GPS for locating places and access to the Android Market for downloading and installing apps.

Conclusion

The main drawback with the Wildfire S is that it runs on Android 2.3. There are many smartphones in that range which run on Android 4.0, for e.g. Sony Xperia Tipo. The phone is a little outdated today. There are better phones in the same price range but it still is a HTC which is well known for its quality.

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