Product Type: HTC Smartphone
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HTC Wildfire S
Member Name: angelboouk
HTC Wildfire S
Advantages: features, design, ease of use, good camera
Disadvantages: battery life, minor niggles
Wildfire S is an Android (gingerbread) smart phone and is also powered by HTC Sense. This smart phone boasts a 3.2inch touch screen with a 320x480 resolution. The Wildfire S weighs in at 105g and measures 101.3 x 59.4 x 12.4mm. Specifications as followed :
*CPU Processing Speed - 600 MHz
*Storage - 512MB ROM and 512MB RAM and microSD slot
*Battery - up to 430 minute talk time and up to 570 hours standby time
*Internet - 3G, GPRS and Wi-Fi capabilities
The Wildfire S also boasts a 5 megapixel camera, video facilities and SMS/MMS options. The Android/Sense platform allows you to download various apps straight to your phone from a choice of over 250000 apps. This phone also offers email, news and music options aswell as radio, weather and mobile TV. Ringtones can be downloaded (including polyphonic and MP3).
The Wildfire S is available on contract or on PAYG. Various networks are available. If you are looking to buy, expect to pay around £110 - £150. This phone is available from Carphone Warehouse and Amazon. It can also be bought second hand or new on eBay.
I do not have a good track record with mobiles. I became the owner of an iPhone towards the end of last year and managed to smash it within an inch of its life within a month. I went back to using an old phone I had before considering another smart phone earlier this year. I ended up with the HTC Wildfire S which I got on contract through a family deal my sister had. It was very reasonable at £11.00 per month but it doesn't seem to be widely available anymore due to more up to date models becoming available.
I don't ask for much from a phone. I need a decent camera, to be able to text and call and to have internet. Having used touch screen phones for the past few years, I couldn't go back to a button operated phone so a touch screen is a must for me too. Anything else is a bonus. I have since cancelled my contract and have returned to PAYG with T-Mobile. The only difference between contract and PAYG is the pricing structure but that does not effect my use of the Wildfire S. I am not technical minded but I will try to cover the main parts of this smart phone.
I would say the Wildfire S is a fairly modern and stylish phone. It is available in black (which appears to be more popular) and white/silver. I have a white/silver handset. The Wildfire S is lightweight and beautifully sleek. The screen takes up the biggest part of the phone at the front and there are only four, touch buttons at the front. The back of the phone is mainly white and the camera and flash are visible. This phone has a 3.5mm jack.
When I received this phone, I also received a charger and a pair of ear phones. The charger comes in three parts which all slot together. The cable for the charger acts as the USB cable too. There are a few user manuals. I found this phone very easy to set up. It was a little difficult to pull the back panel off but I am used to doing it now. The SIM card can be inserted easily and the battery slotted into place. The phone takes a good 15 seconds to full load up. I also received a tiny memory card. The time/date is easy to set up. You can sign up to HTC Sense for enhanced features.
~Using The Phone~
I would say that the Wildfire S is a fairly easy phone to use. There is no need to use a stylus on the touch screen and the screen is a good size. The screen is bright and colourful and it is very easy to see the different options. At first, I found the touch screen to be very responsive but after 6 months of use, I find that it often freezes up. This can be extremely annoying in certain circumstances. If you aren't phone savvy, you may find that there is simply too much on this phone to be worth your time.
For me, the Wildfire S has everything I need but there is a lot I do not feel the need to use on a regular basis. The main screen times out quickly and you need to slide the phone to unlock it. The main screen allows you to add a few options to quickly direct you to certain options on your phone as well as the time and weather. This can be arranged to suit but I have the links to my messages, email, internet and camera which suits my needs. Other on screen options include 'phone' 'main menu' and 'personalise'. There are different ring styles available including silent and vibrate.
The main menu is easily accessed and everything is clear. A lot of the apps cannot be deleted and are pre-programmed into the Wildfire S. By the time I added a few of my own, I had over 50 apps on my main screen which are arranged in pages of 16 apps. Each app loads up quickly. Whenever I am required to type anything, a qwerty keyboard pops up. Having slightly chunky fingers, I found this a nightmare to use at first but it is much easier now as I sort of tap the side of the letter/number rather than in the middle - it works for me! One thing I do not like about this phone is the way the screen tilts if you angle it even a little bit - this bugs me and isn't always practical.
~Calls, Texts and MMS~
The Wildfire S has a built in signal booster. Being with T-Mobile, I get to use the T-Mobile and Orange signal and I find it often to be quite poor. The call quality is acceptable but often I find it difficult to hear the other person as the volume of calls doesn't go up high enough. Even on speaker phone it isn't the best but I can live with it. Another issue is evident when the phone freezes up. On several occasions, I have been unable to hit the end call button when trying to hang up. I had to click to the main menu and then back in to hang up.
Texting is easy and the conversations are saved which is great if I need to refer back to anything. The auto correct, however, is a nightmare especially if I am trying to type too quick. I have sent some very random messages! Sending MMS messages are a doddle but I rarely use this as I can send via Whatsapp for free!
Overall, this phone performs to an acceptable standard when it comes to the basic functions.
Like most phones, there are some standard options. The calculator and calender on this phone are pretty standard and easy to use as is the alarm clock (which I rely on greatly each morning). The radio gets a fair bit of use from myself and I find it easy to save my favourite stations. The ear phones are of a decent quality and I can hear music perfectly fine. They are much better than the earphones I received with my iPhone. Music plays clearly from the speaker. The ringtones provided are pretty naff and I would recommend downloading your own to avoid embarressment! The various settings can be adjusted. The USB cable allows me to connect my phone straight to my laptop with no software required. Adding contacts is also a simple process.
The HTC Sense apps include maps and also weather. The weather app takes a bit of getting used to. I unlocked my phone the first week I got it and heard loud raindrops and then thunder - it is all illustrated on the screen and is quite a novelty! The maps came in handy when we got lost in Birmingham recently. I found them easy to use and very responsive.
I mainly use the Android apps. The Android 'Market' is very easy to navigate and the is a list of featured apps. Many apps cost money but several are free. I currently have the Slimming World app which is perfect for keeping track of my syns. Whatsapp is another good app to have as it allows you to connect with others for free and send pictures. I also have a few games saved. I am currently using 'Runkeeper' which tracks my exercise by satallite - this is fun to use and encouraging too.
Apps download fairly quickly but they do take up quite a bit of space. Compared to Apple iTunes, I find the Android Market to be rather limited but sufficient. I have downloaded a few songs from the Music app shop and these vary in price. Full albums can be downloaded. If you wish to watch mobile TV (I don't see the point in this to be honest) this will cost you extra! Overall I am happy with the apps on offer and how easy it is to download and use them. There has been the odd glitchy app but nothing major.
The Wildfire S is really good for internet. I like to be able to check my emails on the go and I can do this providing I have a good signal. I can also boost my internet by connecting to Wi-Fi when out and about or in my home. I have unlimited internet which suits me. The Google search option is fast and reliable. I have connected my mobile to a few of my hotmail accounts and can switch between them with no issues. I also receive alerts throughout the day. The internet is more advanced than cheaper phones and the larger screen allows me to view more. There is also the option to zoom in and out. I can rate reviews fairly easy from my phone but I prefer using my laptop.
The Wildfire S has built in social networking sites including Twitter and Facebook. I rarely use Twitter and don't bother with it on my phone. The Facebook app is great though and it allows me to keep up to date with my friends whilst out and about. I can also upload my pictures straight to Facebook. Youtube is a hit and a miss as it cuts out often and refuses to play music. I don't have any issues with the internet - it performs well.
~Camera and Video~
The camera on the Wildfire S is quite good. It has a flash and auto focus but sometimes it is difficult to hit the 'snap' button due to the phone freezing up. There are different options to adapt your pictures. Whilst I find the picture quality to be good, the screen often goes very dark when I try to take pictures outside - this doesn't make for very good pictures. The video function works well and unlike a previous phone, lasts longer than 16 seconds at a time! All pictures and videos are saved into the 'Gallery' which is easy to navigate.
~Memory and Battery Life~
Despite having a 2GB memory card as well as internal memory, the Wildfire S doesn't allow for much to be stored on it. I often get pop ups telling me my memory is low despite the memory card having sufficient memory available. When this happens, the phone often refuses to let me in to view my pictures, take new pictures or even allow me to open up an app which drives me crazy. I don't store a lot of addition apps on my phone or hundreds of pictures/music so I can only assume the pre-programmed apps are to blame. A phone of this price should really offer a bigger memory.
The battery life of the Wildfire S varies depending on what apps I am using. I charge my phone each night for quite a few hours and often, the battery is nearly gone by 8pm. Using the internet drains the battery quickly as do the downloaded games. If I am not connected to the internet (I had this issue for a few days recently whilst I waited to change SIM cards), the battery lasts so much longer (2 days). I need to charge daily.
Overall, I find the HTC Wildfire S to be a good phone to use. It isn't without its faults but it does have a lot going for it. I am currently waiting on a new phone being delivered from my broadband supplier so I will likely sell this one. I can recommend the HTC WIldfire S if you want an affordable smart phone. I have dropped this phone and it has remained crack free!
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