Product Type: HTC Smartphone
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Great entry level Android smartphone
HTC Wildfire S
Member Name: MagdaDH
HTC Wildfire S
Advantages: packed with features, pretty, easy to use
Disadvantages: a bit slow, battery life could be better
I like HTC Wildfire because:
1) It's sleek and attractive while having a nice solidity to it. It's a right size to fit in the pocket but not get lost too easily in the bag. I dropped it several times on surfaces including tarmac and it's survived it.
2) It is an Android phone and thus opens the world of all the Android apps, easily available through the ''Market'' icon.
3) It has what for my (admittedly lowish) standards is a very good MP3 player. The earphones that come with the phone are pretty good too, enough to drown the pop tunes usually played in my gym.
4) The 5 megapixel camera takes quite acceptable pictures and videos for a mobile phone. It even has a flash (though that is mostly useless).
5) The capacitive screen works beautifully, and although typing longer texts really requires a special stylus (at least for my clumsy fingers) these are cheap and easily available. Overall I prefer this to the resistive screen of my old Nokia which, although you could use anything (a car key worked well) as a stylus, was generally less responsive and a pain to use.
6) The GPS mapping works very well, though a bit slowly in comparison to my Garmin nuvi.
7) I really like the fact that the Wildfire can piggy-back on my home wi-fi network (and any other I have access to) as it saves data allowances and means I have a handy way to check email and Facebook without having to use a computer. It can also be used for tethering, though I have not tried that feature yet.
8) The handset is very easy to use with a clear, extremely intuitive interface and a handy help/tips section. I never had a HTC or an Android phone before and I was up and running in few minutes, literally.
9) The calls are easy to make and although the on-screen qwerty keyboard is a bit small (see below), the numerical one for phone-numbers is nice and big. The sound quality is good.
Minor niggles with the Wildfire include:
1) The on-screen qwerty keyboard is small, even in the horizontal mode. Stylus helps, but it could easily have been made bigger.
2) The battery life is just about acceptable, and if you run a lot of apps, especially using GPS or other comms, it will go down pretty quickly. It does charge up fast, though.
3) Not sure how much RAM (or whatever passes for that in mobile phones) it has, but it can get slow and some apps struggle to load and tend to crash. Maybe they are just bad apps.
4) I really don't like the touch-screen button to operate the camera. There should be a way of clicking the shutter using one of the main ''buttons'' (they are also touch-screen, but always there, not part of the camera.
Verdict: as a free handset on a contract I am paying for anyway, this phone is simply fabulous and I have no qualms recommending it to anybody in that situation. If you are considering paying for it, then I would maybe look for something with a bit more oomph (RAM, or processor speed?).
Summary: Great entry level Android smartphone, go for it if you get it free
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