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HTC Wildfire S
Member Name: webster25
HTC Wildfire S
Date: 05/09/11, updated on 06/09/11 (21 review reads)
Advantages: Looks great, Cheaper than other smart phones, easy to navigate
Disadvantages: Poor processor, short battery life
Having not owned a Smartphone before I was genuinely excited about getting my HTC Wildfire S, and at first it did not disappoint. This phone is remarkably easy to use and very customisable which, for a first time user, was brilliant. It looks very nice, with a very minimal design, that must be said is similar to the iPhone's. It's very comfortable to hold and weighs only 118g with the battery. As a smaller and cheaper alternative(retailing at around £200) to other smartphones, it certainly looks worth the money.
With the latest Wildfire upgrading to Android 2.3 combined with HTC Sense the multiple screen interface runs efficiently and smoothly. All apps already on the phone run fine but if you do want to venture, which of course, you have to do, you may encounter some problems. Iconic games such as Angry birds run fine on earlier levels but when you reach more complicated levels you can be treated to a lot of lag, sometimes making it impossible to play. This is down to the 600mhz processor, which for a Smartphone is very poor, with the HTC Desire S running on 1ghz processor and for only £5 more a month from my point of view, I started to regret my decision. Image and text based websites seem to run well but when videos are introduced you encounter problems.
With USB input, headphone and microSD slots, its everything you'd expect from a smartphone. The phone's sensitive screen works well, but any drops of rain and it becomes very hard to use. It has a nice vibration feedback feature. Every time you touch the screen a little vibration is made to let you know the phone has registered it. The keyboard when texting can be a little small, but turning the phone on its side can easily fix that. The predictive text feature is very good, it makes texting a lot easier, but should you not like it, it can be easily disabled. The phone offers good quality sound on calls, with a range of differing sound levels. Loudspeaker can be a little unclear, but thats to be expected. It offers some neat features like being able to put 2 people on hold at the same time and quick speed dialing. Voice activated speed dialing doesn't work so well though, as it offen doesnt understand what you've said and isn't really worth the hassle. The phone's camera comes in at 5.0 megapixels and has a LED flash feature. Taking pictures works well, but when using the video camera it lags a lot so I've stayed away using that. Battery life is poor. If you use your phone to it's full capacity, you'll have to charge every day. The average user may be a little less, but still - using internet drains the battery and GPS even more so.
To conclude, The HTC Wildfire S is a good smartphone but there are better alternatives out there that you could get for just a little bit more. It delivers on most levels but I feel the processor just can't run some of the better features out there on the awesome Android market.
Summary: Almost but not quite