HTC Wildfire S Review
The original Wildfire gave consumers the option of owning a budget version of the Desire. It was smaller, more affordable and had many of the best specs that made the Desire a great phone.
The Wildfire S – S meaning speedy – will hope to add onto the original and keep customers looking for something small, fast and reliable, happy. So what are the big changes and is it more of the same or is it worth your hard earned cash?
The Wildfire S doesn’t scrimp on spec in anyway and is as good as many phones considered to be at the premium end of the market. One of the most notable things about the Wildfire S is its use of Gingerbread. Android 2.3 is the common ground for top end handsets and unlike the newly released HTC Incredible; the Wildfire S comes equipped with it.
The Wildfire was a true little worker and is even better now due to its improved screen resolution, with a 320×480 display over a space of 3.2 inches. It’s a good resolution for a decent sized screen and offers decent playback.
Its Snapdragon processor may be considered a bit slow by some, and is a 600MHz chipset with just under 500mb of RAM; slightly more than the original 528MHz processor. It’s perfectly capable of most tasks but add some heavy app use into a mix of multitasking and playback and you’ll see it begin to grind a little.
It has a metal design, though not uni-body as many HTCs currently are, though it is quite a sturdy piece of kit. It’s very similar to the bigger Desire and you can definitely see the family resemblance in the way it looks.
It has a 5mp camera, though no front-facing snapper for video calls and therefore does not make full use of Android 2.3s support for such an accessory.
The interface is pleasing and it mixes the best parts of HTC Sense and Android 2.3 to give one of the best experiences of the smaller phones that are currently entering the market. It also is quite good connectivity wise with a mini USB, 3.5mm jack and a mini SD slot for up to 32GB of storage.
The HTC Wildfire S is a good device and though not a powerful beast is a great option for those that don’t want trouser splitting huge smart phones. It’s certainly an improvement on the previous Wildfire and is certainly worth a look if you want a small, reasonably powerful device.