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I got this phone at the end of 2011 when my previous phone died. I was looking for a sturdy, good value phone to use for calling, texting and the internet. Generally this has fulfilled my needs. Pros: I love the small size of this. I''m a relative small woman and this fits in my pockets when a lot of smartphones wouldn''t. It''s also a good size for me to hold and use. I have no problems typing on it but I can see how somebody with bigger hands might. The screen is a good size and gives a good image, and is responsive. The camera is reasonable for a phone. The layout is easy to navigate and personalise, with plenty of options. The phone itself is quite hardy - I''ve dropped it down numerous flights of stairs with no ill effects. The battery life is fairly standard for a smartphone - a full charge will last a day if you aren''t constantly using GPS, wifi etc. It''s also available in a few different colours. Cons: The biggest problem with this phone HAS to be the low memory. I don''t feel like I have that many apps (and move them to my memory card whenever possible) but I regularly get messages that I need to clear more space. I now tend to avoid getting new apps, but can have problems trying to update ones I already have. It''s also difficult to find covers etc for this style if that''s something you''re interested in. I do get the occasional unexpected restart - more so as the phone''s got older - but this doesn''t seem to affect anything. Overall, this is a nice wee phone for anyone who isn''t a heavy app user, but if you want lots of apps steer clear.
I got this phone as part of my contract and had it for 2 years. I was very pleased with it when it first arrived. I had never had a smart phone before so it took a bit of getting used to but once I had worked my way around it I was pleased with it. I had the purple colour and it was a really nice looking phone. It's only after I started to download apps I started to get frustrated with it. I will outline the good and bad bits below...
The good bits: The screen is a good size and has a good clear picture. The icons are easy to select. Attractive looking. Easy to navigate between screens and apps.
The bad bits: Although the camera is a good quality trying to take a selfie is impossible as there is no forward facing camera on it. Writing a text message can be tricky if your in a hurry as you tend to hit the wrong keys all the time, plus my husband got very frustrated as having larger hands/ fingers meant he constantly hit the wrong keys! The absolute worse thing about this phone is the memory. If you download more than 2-3 apps it can't cope and tells you the memory is full and you need to create more space. I only had Facebook and angry birds and it couldn't even cope with that. It got so frustrating constantly being told to clear space before you could do something or view photos etc. it meant you had to wipe history, cookies etc on your phone all the time. Having now got an iphone I don't know how we put up with it for so long!
To sum the phone up I would say if you want a basic smart phone which you don't want to have loads of apps on its ideal but if you want to surf the internet and use Facebook, Twitter, etc then this phone really isn't for you.
~ My experience
I was given this phone last year by my Dad as my other one broke so I was looking forward to using a HTC phone as it was my first Smartphone that I'd used. It was new when it was given to me so it was fairly easy to set up. The phone looks fairly simple with a 3.2 inch screen and I had the silver case although you can get other cases online fairly cheap. It comes with the android 2.3 operating system that's easy to use.
After a month or so having this phone it started to go downhill and I was starting to get annoyed with it as the phone kept crashing sometimes when I made a phone call so I would have to take the battery out and turn on again. I've also noticed when I go onto the internet browser (which is called Dolphin) it becomes unresponsive for 2-3 minutes or so, so you can't do any "smooth browsing", I gave up with trying to browse the internet when out.
The battery doesn't last very long either and I only mainly use this phone now to make and receive calls as well as text messages. If I've fully charged it the whole night to 100%, it would be at about 25-30% battery life by the next evening!
I don't bother with apps on this phone anymore, where you can buy apps from the Play store app that comes with the phone..and again searching the play store for an app I want would take about 5 minutes as it's very slow. This phone doesn't hold many app's either as it has 512 MB Internal phone memory , and 512 MB isn't a lot although you can buy a Micro SD memory card but the phone only supports up to 32 GB cards.
You do get built in Apps that come with it already like, Flash light which is useful, calender,alarm clock that's very loud, built in ringtones etc
I don't really like the camera either on this as it doesn't take very good photo's, most of mine turn out blurry or dark even if I've taken a photo in a well lit room same applies with the video recording, the sound quality isn't good either.
~ Tech stuff & Features
Talk time 6 hours
Standby time 23 days (I wish!)
Size 101.3 x 59.4 x 12.4mm
Camera (Megapixels) 5
Music & radio player
Overall I wouldn't recommenced this phone as you can get better smartphones nowadays, I'm currently getting a new phone to replace this as it's so slow and annoys me a lot. The only good thing I've found with this phone is the ease of calling and texting people, also the alarms that I use frequently are very loud.
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This is a terrible phone, so bad in fact that it's completely put me off ever buying an HTC again. My boyfriend did actually warn me before I got it that HTCs are rubbish, but I got it anyway because it was on a good deal from Carphone Warehouse where I got the phone and a Tablet free on a 24 month contract with Vodafone. It's been a very long 24 months waiting for my upgrade so I could finally get rid of this piece of junk!
Looks wise the phone is pretty good, it has a neat, sleek look to it. I like the size of it, I'm not a fan of these massive smartphones that don't fit comfortably in your pocket, so this was perfect for me. It fits nicely in my hand and I'm able to reach every part of the screen without having to reposition the phone in my hand.
The phone is simple enough to use, there are no confusing menus and everything seems to be where you would expect to find it. It's also easy to customise your phone by choosing what to place on your home screens etc, as is expected of any smartphone these days. While using this phone I've never found myself unable to figure out how to do what I wanted to do.
The features are pretty extensive, with the usual services including messaging, Internet, camera etc, as well as the ability to download android apps for just about anything. However, the phone's memory/storage capacity is extremely poor and I found trying to use most apps was completely pointless as I just let getting told there wasn't enough memory. The only downloaded app currently on my phone is the Barclays Pingit app, yet every time I pick up my phone I get notifications saying that I need to make more space by removing unused pops. Not acceptable!
The battery life is also terrible. At one point I did download a couple of simple games onto the phone but playing them drained the battery so quickly that I would be unable to use my phone for the rest of the day, so it wasn't feasible. The battery lasts if I'm lucky about 6 hours with only very light use, and if I'm actually using it a moderate amount it can last about 3 hours, which is just ridiculous, I have to stop using my phone just to conserve the last little bit of battery life in case I get n important call/text.
Another issue with the phone is just how often it crashes and I have to either restart it or take the battery out ad put it back in again. Using the Internet is difficult because explorer crashes regularly, as do any apps I try to use, so really there's not much I can actually do on my phone, which is extremely irritating.
So surely it functions well as a basic phone right? Well, no. I find call quality is not great on this phone, and it's also difficult to do anything during a call as the touchscreen seems to lose it's sensitivity, which makes automated phone services a nightmare as it's nearly impossible to enter the numbers. The volume doesn't go very high either and even at full volume I often find myself struggling to hear what's being said.
One plus point is that the camera is ok. It's only 5mp which is not great compared to a lot of smartphones now, but it produces crisp, clear images and the editing options are quite varied.
Other problems I've encountered more often the older my phone gets are loss of sensitivity on the touchscreen, the screen freezing, the phone sending texts to half my phone book rather than just the person I wanted to send it to, contacts randomly disappearing from my phonebook, and texts sending before I've finished writing them. There are also many other minor niggles that have been occurring more ad more often but I can't bring them all to mind right now.
All in all this is definitely the worst phone I've ever had (and I've had a lot of phones!) and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, in fact I'd recommend avoiding it t all costs!
I was recommended this phone by a friend a while back. I researched it for quite a few days to find out the best deals: It turns out cheaper to go on a contract, but if you wanted, it would be just as easy to go onto pay as you go. I haven't had many problems with this phone at all: but there have been the odd few..
IT FREEZES -
First of all, I've found that sometimes it freezes, I'm not sure if this is just my HTC but, it tends to freeze now and again. It's fairly easy to unfreeze, simply by locking it and unlocking it or taking the battery out and back in. That brings me onto the second point..
BATTERY LIFE -
I find that on my HTC wildfire, the battery doesn't last very long at all. I find that I have to charge it up near enough every night. But, this depends on what you use on your phone. For example, I keep my 3G on all the time, which drains the battery a lot. If you were to turn it off and only turn it on when you need it, the battery lasts a lot longer. I also have quite a few apps on my phone, and they tend to use a lot of battery life too. If you are to use this phone frequently.. You should purchase/download an 'appkiller' app which makes sure everything is closed after you used it: saving battery life.
TURNING IT ON/OFF -
When my HTC wildfire crashes or I need to turn it on and off.. It takes forever. Takes atleast a minute, if not more. This doesn't particularly matter to me, except it being annoying, but if you were using this as a 'work' phone and you needed to access it quickly.. you may need to think about it.
The first time my phone malfunctioned, I needed support. I rung up my phone network (which is 3) and they seemed to be hopeless. But, this brings me onto the good points..
The HTC company have an excellent support system online. You are able to access lots of hotlines, user manuals and FAQs about issues that may have occured with your phone. If you aren't able to find anything on there, I found tons of help on yahoo answers etc which helped me.
WIDE RANGE OF APPS -
The phone comes with the Android market, which is where you are able to buy a wide range of applications. These applications include social networking apps, games, entertainment, anti-virus software and lots more. It's quite similar to the apple app store: having the same sort of apps such as Twitter, Facebook, the well known game which is Angry Birds and plenty more.
EASY TO USE -
This phone is a very easy phone to us. I managed to grasp the basics of it within a few minutes. The menu is easy accessible and all your apps are all shown obviously. I personally found it easier to understand the phone by just playing about with it. But as I said earlier, there are lots of user guides on the HTC website that can help you.
GOOD LOOKING DESIGN -
My opinion of the phone's design is brilliant. It's sleek, trendy and it comes in a wide range of colours. You are able to get covers for it too, which may come in handy if you are prone to dropping your phone or scratching it. There is a light on the front which flashes when you have a notification/text/call coming through and can be quite handy. There are four main touch buttons: Home, menu, back and search. Everything else is touch screen. There is also an optional scroll circle which is ideal if you dislike using the touch screen all the time.
The phone is quite a wide phone, and quite tall, making it look very chunky. But the phone is thinner than you think. It's very light and sleek, easily fits in the palm of your hand too. It's small enough to fit in a pocket or in a small bag, but big enough to stand out.
The phone comes with a 5 megapixel camera with a built in flash. The camera is very good, and if you're not too keen on the effect/phone it takes: you are able to download apps to use with the camera. A video camera is also present on the device. I think the camera is very good and clear for this phone.
My phone came with a 1GB microSDTM memory card free, which I personally think is more than enough for what I need. The phone supports up to 32GB memory cards which would probably be more suitable if you're looking to store a lot of things on there: e.g videos, films, music etc.
My phone came free with the contract (Which I paid £20 a month for 2 years) which was a good start. I believe, the phone costs between £50-£100. The value for this phone is excellent. The quality of it compared to the price seems like a great bargain.
PRE-INSTALLED APPS -
When buying this phone, after starting it up, it comes with pre-installed apps which is handy. This includes apps such as a flashlight, the camera, contacts, messages, FM radio, mail, internet, music appls, news, social networking 'peep' and so on. These are able to be upgraded into different apps by looking in the market, for example, I downloaded a new texting app which I prefer.
The phone takes very little time to set up. It took me about 15 minutes to set it all up, which included setting it up to WiFi and the usual. Overall, I think the good points over rule the bad points. If you like the sound of this phone, I would suggest looking at the HTC Desire which is a slightly better (but more expensive) model of this phone. If you're looking for a reliable phone for keeping up to date with everything, or even to use when at work, I would highly recommend this phone if you're looking for a value phone
I have had my HTC Wildfire S for a bout a year, at first I struggled with using it to text and access the internet due to the small size of the keys. Both qwerty keypad and numerical keypad are too fiddly to use without a stylus without making numerous errors. With a stylus however, text input is far easier.
The HTC Wildfire S does not come with a stylus so you will need to buy your own.
The camera is 5MP, and it takes perfectly fine quality pictures, the camera button though, is an onscreen button which I do not like. It is also slow to respond when pressed. A better design would be a physical camera button instead of the fiddly onscreen button. This makes it impossible to take self portrait photos.
The contacts list is displayed with very small text and no option to change the font size.
Text messages are displayed with very small text too, even when adjusted to largest text size.
If you need reading glasses, you will need need them to do anything on this phone.
There is also a considerable amount of bloatware on the phone. Programmes I do not want or need are installed on the handset as standard with no way of deleting them or moving them to memory card to free up space for any programmes and apps which I actually do want. There is not much space for my own downloaded apps and in order to add a new one I have to rotate my apps, deleting and reinstalling as space allows.
The handset is a compact size, easily fits in a pocket. Lots of different covers and cases are available to buy. I would recommend protecting your HTC Wildfire S with a case and also a screen protector.
Battery life is average and even without heavy usage, needs charging daily.
The phone came supplied with a HTC headset which gave good sound quality when listening to music and speaking on the phone, however this only lasted for 5 months before becoming crackly sounding and unusable. Listening to music out loud is not recommended as the speakers are of mediocre quality.
I would not recommend this phone to anyone with failing eyesight, people who want to choose their own apps and want fast, reliable internet on a phone. Making calls and texting [using a stylus] is easy enough, the phone looks good, but I expected more.
I got this phone on my 18th birthday as the first contract I took out. I was impressed by the quality of the screen, given how low-cost the handset is. The call volume is low, and the phone is easily scratched, but the feel of the back plate is excellent.
The phone's biggest let down is its lack of memory. I had to constantly delete apps and carefully consider the apps I wanted to keep; apps of less than 1MB in size were often unable to download, yet the phone had plenty of room for pointless Facebook updates.
The HTC Sense of this phone is prone to freezing and I had to get a different phone because it was so prohibitive to my usage of it.
The phone is easy to find cases for and uses a standard micro-USB charger so a Blackberry charger or Samsung Galaxy charger would be able to charge it too.
hi all. i have had the htc wildfire s for 18 months now and will be upgrading very soon. There is nothing wrong with the phone itself just the amount of memeory. I am constantly having to factory reset the phone due to memory issues. I dont have many apps installed, e.g facebook, twitter but thats all. Apart from that the phone is a very good phone when it works! However the phone is still a good phone to use i just need a more up to date phone.
My only real gripe is that, in common with other handsets, there are certain apps that you are unable to rid yourself of. Not a great problem, but that is pretty much it. Less of an issue, in portrait mode the touch-screen keyboard can become a little bit cluttered, but by rotating by 90 degrees you can easily solve that problemMy only real gripe is that, in common with other handsets, there are certain apps that you are unable to rid yourself of. Not a great problem, but that is pretty much it. Less of an issue, in portrait mode the touch-screen keyboard can become a little bit cluttered, but by rotating by 90 degrees you can easily solve that problem
I specifically chose the phone for it's small size and small price - the phone feels great in my moderately sized hands and my thumb can happily rove over the whole area of the screen with ease. My main requirement of a phone is for it to make and receive calls, the Wildfire S is very good at this.
Unfortunately now that I have had this phone for nine months I am on the brink of upgrading as I am fed up with the problems caused by the phone's crippling lack of internal memory. I do not demand much of a smart phone - I understand that a budget phone is not a supercomputer - but I feel that this phone is too low specification to cope with the operating system.
I upgraded the operating system to Gingerbread 2.3.5 and it soon became apparent that the 512 MB of internal RAM is not enough to allow a decent number of apps to be installed. This shouldn't be a problem as in theory you should be able to install apps to the provided 2 GB of SD storage. Unfortunately a large number of the larger preinstalled bundled apps and desirable playstore apps cannot be moved from the internal memory to the SD card (Facebook, Maps, Mail, TouchPal). I'm fairly tech savy and have attempted to remedy this by following numerous instructions from forums on how to move these unmoveable apps. Non of these attempts (including rooting the phone to meddle with the settings) have been successful leaving me with a phone with only 7 MB of internal RAM available. The phone constantly warns me about having insufficient free memory and is unable to back itself up.
This is a real pity as the phone performs very well in other respects. I could alleviate the problem by uninstalling the unmoveable apps but this would defeat the object of it being a smart phone.
When I got this phone nearly two years ago it was my first smartphone and I was really impressed at first but now I can't wait to upgrade to something a little bit more hi-spec.
The HTC Wildfire S was brought out in 2011 as an upgrade on the wildfire model. Design wise it is a fairly standard looking touch screen phone but is a little smaller than the likes of a Samsung Galaxy but not much smaller than an iPhone (it's dimensions are 101.3 x 59.4 x 12.4 and weighs 105 grams) while I opted for a black finish to my phone as I worry about white phones getting marked in my bag.
In terms of operating system you get the Android system with this phone, it currently has Android Gingerbread 2.3, so you will get all your Apps from the Google Playstore - I have only have ever used Android so I can't compare it with the iOS operating system but I have to say I have never had any problems with this and there is a good range of apps to choose from.
According to the phone's spec it has 600MHz ARM 11 and 5.833 3G talk time hours - which doesn't mean that much to me but I tend to have to charge my phone daily but I use it as an MP3 player and as a home phone so if I just used it for the odd text, quick chat and to check Facebook I may not have to charge it every night.
***Using the phone***
As I have said I have used the phone for the last two years and while it is a good basic smartphone it hasn't been without its problems. The main one for me is its memory - I don't have loads of apps on there (although the phone comes with loads of pre-loaded ones that I still haven't worked out how to delete which is a pain) but after a while it really struggles for internal memory (it has 512 MB and an external micro SD card) despite putting everything I can on a memory card. So much so that before I smashed the screen (entirely my fault and not the phones) and had to get it replaced on my insurance you had to clear the Cache every time you wanted to play music or view the gallery which was a pain. However, I didn't hook it up to my PC as much as I probably should so that might make it run better. But even so I have never been able to download too many apps without affecting the functionality of the phone.
I also quite like the 5MP camera (don't get me wrong I am no David Bailey and from what I have seen the iPhone camera is probably better) as it takes fairly decent shots and even takes better night pictures then my actual camera. I also like the MP3 player feature which has good sound quality and with a connector cable it is fairly easy to hook up to an iPod dock. Browsing the web is also fine (although a tad slow at times) and it serves my Facebook addition well it's just the frustrating internal memory problem that gets me.
For around £90 SIM free it's not the cheapest nor the most expensive smartphone out there and to be fair for the price you will get a pretty decent phone but if you want to download a lot of apps or use it for more than occasional internet browsing you might struggle and just make sure you connect it your PC regularly.
Review also published on Ciao under username SamanthaL82
HTC is a brand renowned for it's quality and durability, and the Wildfire S is no exception. This model handset has been out for a while now so it's gone down in price a lot, but is still capable of running Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) with a snappy processor and large internal memory.
As an Android phone, you have access to the Google Play market to download as many apps as you want. Mine came with a 2GB microSD card, but this can be upgraded if you want more space. It comes preloaded with tons of useful apps, but it's very easy to set up WiFi or mobile internet to download more.
With a 600MHz processor, a built in GPU and 512MB of RAM, the phone is pretty snappy when undertaking most tasks and rarely lags. The screen is bright and clear, though I'd recommend getting a screen protector just in case. The handset is a little on the small side, too; probably not best for big hands. It's very easy and intuitive to use, and feels sturdy in the hand; while I wouldn't recommend dropping it, it probably wouldn't do too much harm.
For the price, this is a great handset which should last you a good few years of usage.
First-generation touchscreen phones look like a world away from old flip-top Nokias, but in many ways they're no better. This model is full of minor niggles and bugs affecting even the most simple functions. Alarms are tricky to set and often refuse to play the selected music, the screen goes blank far too early in calls using automated number-input systems, the main screen is awkward to organise, and text messages occasionally move the cursor to the wrong place, without indicating it on the screen or making it possible to move it again. The lock mechanism is unreliable too.
As for the syncing software, words fail me. Not only does it frequently crash, but it also insists on copying too many MP3s for the MP3 player to have enough space to work, and often refuses to sync the selected content. I quickly found myself just doing it manually.
The internal memory is far too small when you consider how many of the apps have to run from it, and deleting unused ones is trickier than it needs to be. I think the market has probably outgrown it, with most new apps written for more powerful models. Battery life is also an issue, as with most smartphones - a day's heavy usage is about all it can take, especially when running apps.
The camera is powerful for a phone in this price range, and the internet performance is good, but unless there are specific apps you need, ideally I'd pay a bit more for something which doesn't over-reach the hardware underneath.
The HTC Wildfire is a simple but a great little phone. I first got this phone with a little bit of hesitation at first. I thought all smart phones were difficult to use. However, the HTC has completely changed that.
The HTC is a very attractive looking phone. It is small and compact. Although no Iphone, the HTC fights its corner, for anyone who does not like bulky mobiles, the HTC is for you.
The touch keypad is easy to use with big on screen buttons. The screen is easy to manipulate. The menu has a clear layout, the symbols used in the menu make it easy to navigate your away around to achieve the tasks you want. I frequently take photos and the camera gives a clear picture. The only downside to the phone is the low memory, which causes problems if you want apps on your phone as well as saving photos to your phone. The Wildfire has the capacity for an SD card if you require the extra storage.
The only real negative comment about the Wildfire is the battery life. The battery does not last very long and I find myself charging the HTC Wildfire twice a day. So for someone who uses their mobile alot I would not recommend it.
Overall, the HTC wildfire is one of the cheaper smart phones. It is not particularly fancy, but it serves its purpose, which is a simple smart phone for anyone on a budget.
The HTC Wildfire S is designed to fill the gap between the cheap and expensive, opening up the middle ground of the market.
Look and Feel:
The phone is very sleek, with a relatively low profile and high quality finish. Upon opening the box, the Wildfire S comes across as compact but not tiny or diminutive. In fact it is probably a very good size for those who struggle with some of the larger phones on the market. It is weighty in the right way; that being not too light to let slip or too heavy to notice when in a pocket.
As a touch screen phone, the response and performance of the screen is paramount. In this arena, the Wildfire S encounters very few issues and comes out with all colours flying. The screen is pleasantly responsive and is easy to manipulate.
Rather under powered compared to most phones on the market today, the Wildfire S does suffer from low internal memory (a cost cutting measure). Although it does support Micro SD cards (moving files here will help the running of the phone), you can find yourself limited if you are a heavy app user. This aside however, the little HTC does run it's race very well indeed, and if used within it's limits will easily stand out from the crowd.
The Wildfire S does not try to hide the fact it is a budget smart phone, but it hasn't cut corners either. If you don't spend all day on your phone but want something that is compact, intuitive and well rounded, the Wildfire S is a fair consideration. The battery life is ok, and it comes with enough features to keep the average user happy.
It really disappoints me to say this, but the HTC Wildfire is the worst phone I've ever owned. I got this phone as my first ever contract phone, and it was a BIG mistake. When I was first looking at it, the phone itself and all its features looked great. I thought it was a very affordable just-as-good android that would have similar functions to an iphone which i've never had before. I spend the first few days exploring all it had to offer, the app store which had quite a bit of variety (however having the iphone now I do have to say it's not as good as the iphone app store), you could download music on it, the camera wasn't great.
Personally I found browsing the internet a bit difficult on it, compared to an iphone or even any other cheap samsung i've had with a touch screen.
After 5 days of starting to get used to and like the phone more my screen went completely black and the phone would not turn on, it just stayed black. I hadn't dropped it, I tried everything I could think of to fix it (plugging it in to charge, changing the battery, etc) but no, that was it. Funny enough my boyfriend who bought the same phone at the same time as me started having problems with his as well about a week after. It would send texts, the screen would freeze and after about 2 weeks in total of having the phone his was broken in the same way as mine. Overall I wish I would have saved myself a lot of hassle and just got a better phone to begin with.
I don't recommend the HTC.