Product Type: HTC Smartphone
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Breath of fresh air
HTC Wildfire S
Member Name: Everdeen188
HTC Wildfire S
Date: 12/03/12, updated on 16/03/12 (13 review reads)
Advantages: Small, lightweight, quick downloads, good battery life, Wi-Fi hotspot feature
Disadvantages: None really, but some apps are "buggy"
My last 3 mobile phones have been Nokia's. Mainly because they are easy to use and customise. But I became bored as each Nokia did almost the same as the last but looked differently. So upon a rececommendation from a friend I investigated HTC's.
I wasn't disappointed with what I found. I simply googled HTC reviews and found that the best of the bunch was the HTC Wildfire S.
Having not used a HTC before I spent a couple of hours figuring out how to navigate the menus and the basics. There are plenty of "how to" videos on youtube and in depth guides how to do this, that and the other, but I would recommend just using "trial & error" first of all.
*Menu's & Buttons*
To start with the main home screen is pretty simple. It's basically a blank canvas that you can add apps that you use regularly. To do this you just press and hold an app from your list and it will jump to the home screen where you can position it where you like. For me this is Twitter, Whatsapp, Text Messages and Facebook. At the bottom of the touch screen you have 3 buttons on a sort of dashboard. From left to right they are; app list, Phone and Personalize. These are self explanatory. Directly underneath you have 4 touch buttons which are, from left to right, home - which takes you straight to this screen, quick menu - options are all apps, notifications, personalize, wallpaper, ringtones and settings, Back button - jump back a screen and search - this opens Google Search.
There is also another menu option that you can access by dragging the screen from the top, which pulls down your notifications and a quick settings option. You can do this no matter what screen or app you are in at the time.
You can also swipe the screen left or right, each will give you options such as music player, contacts list, weather widget to name but a few. The main app list can be sorted into all, regularly used and downloaded.
There is a volume button on the left side which you can turn the volume up to max all the way down to silent or vibrate. There is also a lock button on the top right of the handset. Top left you will find the headphone jack. Bottom left side is the charging port.
Android Market has thousands of apps to download. Most are free and others a very cheap. Obviously, the better the app the bigger the price.
One of the best features of this phone is the Wi-Fi hotspot. You can use your 3G to turn your phone into a Wi-Fi hot spot. I use this feature at work if I need to access something on my iPod. You can set up your own password so not everyone will be able to access it. I sit next to a guy at work who brings his iPad in and he uses my phone Wi-Fi to update his Twitter feed before he leaves so he has something to read on the train.
Standard features are a lock code on the home screen to restrict access in case your phone is lost or stolen. The camera and camcorder options are really good quality with basic editing options. It also has bluetooth, a calendar and you can sync your email to the mail app.
Even though it's smaller than it's competitors it is a great phone that's simple to use without being flimsy or fiddly.
Summary: Great, sturdy phone that is simple and easy to use.