Product Type: HTC Smartphone
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HTC Wildfire S
Member Name: twinkle-star
HTC Wildfire S
Advantages: It's like a mini entertainment centre!
Disadvantages: sometimes the touch screen doesn't respond - v. frustrating. Also the back is hard to remove
The Wildfire or Wildfire S is a mobile phone made by HTC. It is a "smart" phone because it is built on a mobile computing platform i.e: it has lots of computing functions including internet and email. The Wildfire is an Android phone, which I have had before and really like because you can get lots of applications for free from the Android market.
I got my handset free as part of my contract but I believe they sell for about £120 (according to Google's shopping search engine!)
I chose it because it seemed to me to be as close as I could get to an I-phone without costing as much!
Ease of use:
The phone operates with a touch screen which to be honest doesn't always work. It can be really annoying when I can't answer the phone when someone is ringing me. Sometimes I have to take the battery out to reboot it in order to resolve the problem. Generally speaking as well I find texting using a touch screen quite laborious as it is easy to touch the wrong letter by mistake.
When you slide your finger left you get a "friend" screen which shows you updates from your facebook or Twitter if you have linked it. ( When you first get the phone there are prompts to help you set this up).
Scroll left again and you get the last text you received. You can slide your finger up and it will scroll through all the texts. If you want to go into it just tap it.
If you scroll right from the home screen you get the "people" screen which is your contacts, and scroll right again to get to the MP3 player. You can also get to these by touching the square shaped button next to the phone button to get to all apps, so all in all very easy to navigate around.
As with most smart phones you can also put shortcuts to any of the applications you have downloaded on your home screen for ease of access.
It has a 5 mega pixel camera with flash that is actually really good.
Having a decent MP3 player on the phone is a real bonus for me. It comes with head phones which you can listen to the radio on as well.
Another really good thing about it is the portable Wi-Fi hotspot facility. This allows you to use your phone's mobile network to get onto the internet on your PC. I sometimes use it when I am a passenger in the car. My partner has that on his phone but it is not nearly as fast as my phone's connection.
You can set the phone up so that during a call if you flip the phone over it goes onto loud speaker which is pretty handy.
There is also a setting whereby when your phone is ringing, it gets quieter once you lift it in your hand.
The battery life varies according to what apps you are using. On a typical day I only have Wi-Fi activated and my phone then only needs charging every couple of days. However if I switch blue tooth on or connect to the mobile internet it needs charging every day.
There is apparently 512MB memory capacity, but I once got alerted that my memory was full when I hardly had anything on it. I saw on some forums that this is a common problem. My way round it was to restore the factory settings and start again which did the trick.
I have a phone lock set up with a pin code. You can choose not to have one or you can choose to draw a shape or write a word instead. You can also set it to activate after 5 mins of inactivity or however long you choose.
I recommend getting virus protection if you are going to use the internet. There are free apps available to download.
Personalizing your phone:
You can tailor the phone's appearance and themes very easily which I love. On the home screen there is an icon of an artists's easel and paintbrush, and if you tap it it brings up the Personalize" menu, and from there you can choose a scene and a widget from a small range. I have a lovely purple hearts theme and a large clock and weather widget which updates with the weather regularly when my phone is connected to the internet.
The phone comes with a selection of ringtones but I like to download new ones. You can also assign different ringtones to each of your contacts if you want to be able to distinguish between your callers.
Marks out of 10 as follows:
Phone's appearance: 8/10
Ease of use: 9/10
Battery Life: 8/10
fun factor: 10/10
Summary: I personally think it is one of the best phones on the market