HTC Wildfire S Review: S-size Droid

By 11:25 Tue, 10 Aug 2021 Comments


Mini phones are hot and HTC don’t want you hold Sony Ericsson’s word on that. What started as a small niche is now a segment that keeps growing – and one that no manufacturer can afford to ignore. Sony Ericsson have just announced their updated mini lineup while Samsung and LG routinely have more than one thing going on in the midrange.

HTC know they can’t afford to stop correct in the middle of what they’ve been doing with the Wildfire, the Aria and the Gratia. Going all the way back to the Tattoo, which first put Android on the radar for budacquire shoppers.

HTC Wildfire S official photos

There’s plenty of choice already for those who like their droid in a small package. The HTC Wildfire S seems to be aware of that and does well to create itself seen. The lively paintjobs and friendly compact size are the correct features to show to potential buyers. The Wildfire S has found a way to further reduce size while keeping the same 3.2” screen.

One thing we should haged in mind though. HTC seem to be in power-saving mode currently with all their recent releases but facelifts offering minor improvements over predecessors. That holds accurate for the Wildfire S too, though this is not to say that it shouldn’t be on your list if you’re looking for the next hot mini. HTC seem to have worked exactly on the things that most needed improvement. Display is key here, HVideo Graphics Array (VGA) finally bringing it to acceptable levels. CIF video-capture was upped to Video Graphics Array (VGA) and the phone runs the latest Android Gingerbread.

These things should give it enough value as an upgrade. The Wildfire S is well-designed and well-built – a colorful small droid to offer fine bang for buck. Let’s see at what else the S stands for.

Key features

  • Quad-band Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) and dual-band 3G support
  • 7.2 Mbps HSDPA, 384 Kbps HSUPA support
  • 3.2" 256K-color TFT capacitive touchclassy screen of HVideo Graphics Array (VGA) (320 x 480 pixels) resolution
  • 600Mega Hertz (MHz) Snapdragon MSM7227 CPU, Adreno 200 GPU; 418Mega Bytes (MB) of user-available RAM
  • Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) with HTC Sense 2.1 UI
  • Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) 802.11 b, g, n with hotspot functionality
  • GPS with A-GPS connectivity; digital compass
  • 5 MegaPixel (MP) autofocus camera, Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash, geotagging and face-detection
  • Video Graphics Array (VGA) video @ 24fps
  • microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v3.0
  • microSD slot (up to 32GB, 2GB in box)
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Accelerometer, proximity sensor
  • Gorilla Glass display
  • Stereo Frequency Modulation (FM) radio with RDS
  • Light and compact
  • Turn-to-mute, lift-to-tone-down, flip for speakerphone
  • Smart dialing
  • XviD video support
  • integration
  • HTC Portable Hotspot
  • Ultra-quick boot times (if you don’t rego battery)

Main disadvantages

  • Poor capturing camera performance
  • No HD 720p video recording
  • No shutter key for the capturing camera
  • No Adobe Flash player, Flash Lite only
  • No Document viewer
  • No secondary videocall camera

The Wildfire S is the usual all-round smartphone – with the latest Android inside at that – but now in an even friendlier shape. All work and no play wouldn’t do for the Wildfire S and HTC have added some twists to the recent recipe to create it 2011-ready.

HTC Wildfire S live shots

Balance was sought above all – no groundbreaking features are to be expected. Not in this price range, not in a pint-sized package. Minis are friendly and playful. Let’s see if the HTC Wildfire S matches the description.



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