What do you look for most in a smartphone? If your answer revolves around its design or its ability to execute basic tasks well, then you’re going to be very happy. On the other hand, if your reply concerns the areas of performance and power, then you’re bound to feel slightly underwhelmed. Such is the singular case of HTC’s Wildfire S smartphone, which the ensuing hands-on review seeks to elaborate:
Appearance and Layout
As hinted upon earlier, the Wildfire S is a considerably nice-looking smartphone coming in shades of silver, lilac, black, and brown (the black model is being tested here). The chassis is composed of high-quality plastic and enveloped in a deep black color, which is in turn is punctuated by chic metallic tinges here and there. As a result, the overall appearance is one of modishness and allure.
The Wildfire S is suitably compact too with dimensions of 3.99 by 2.34 by 0.49 inches (length, width, and depth) and weight of merely 105 grams. Ports and controls like the power switch, volume controls, micro SD slot, and micro USB slot are well positioned and within easy access. In addition, its body possesses no palpable creaks or design flaws save for, regrettably, a back hatch that is particularly tough to pry open.
The 3.2-inch LCD screen sports modest specifications including a resolution of 480 by 320 pixels, thin film transistor knowhow, an output of 256,000 colors, and a density of 180 pixels per inch. Still the display is quite competent with vibrant colors, decent contrasting, and reliably sharp text detailing. The capacitive Swype-enabled touchscreen too is significantly receptive and is aided by four navigational touch controls below the screen.
The Wildfire S is equipped with a core framework comprising a 600 MHz (ARM 11) central processor, a Qualcomm (MSM7227) chipset, an Adreno 200 graphics processor, and a 512 MB RAM. Moreover, the smartphone possesses a 2GB inbuilt memory that is expandable to 32 GB.
These are fairly standard features in the current smartphone realm and it shows. Although the Wildfire S performs fundamental tasks like emailing and texting adequately, the device struggles to implement more demanding jobs such as opening complex web sites and multitasking without intermittent freezes and stops.
Thankfully the Wildfire S embeds HTC’s patented and comprehensive Sense (2.1) user interface, which perfectly complements the smooth Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system (upgradable to v2.3.5), also entrenched within. As a consequence you get features such as:
Fully customizable home screens
Useful apps and widgets
Scrolling Android alerts and apps listing
Customizable sounds and tones
The smartphone is armed with quad-band GSM and dual-band HSDPA (3G) functionality that affords above average calling clarity, break-free calls, and fast data exchange. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, SNS integration, GPRS, and EDGE further boost the connectivity features.
The Wildfire S contains a routine 1230 mAh Li-Ion battery that lends acceptable sustenance power.
Camera and Other Features
A 5-megapixel shooter boasting a 2592 by 1944-pixel top resolution is on board together with an LED flash. Further facets include autofocus, geo-tagging, and face detection. While the camera takes reasonably good images, the camcorder function disappoints with VGA quality videos being rendered at 24 frames per second. Furthermore, there is no secondary camera.
The Wildfire S also incorporates the following aspects:
Accelerometer with compass
Multi-format music player
Stereo FM and RDS-enabled radio with RDS
Assisted GPS support
FriendStream, YouTube, Google, and Social Network applications
Organizer with voice memo
Though there are more potent smartphones out there, the HTC Wildfire S – retailing for around $280 – should more than suffice for the average (and not too demanding) consumer.
- 3.2” HVGA capacitive touchscreen display with pinch-to-zoom and auto text reflow (320 x 480 pixels; 256K color depth)
- 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus, LED flash, and video.
- 480p video capture (640 x 480 pixels)
- 600 Mhz processor means higher-quality graphics and faster performance
- Android platform 2.3 Gingerbread + HTC Sense
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Memory expansion via microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 32 GB
- 100 MB internal memory
- Messaging via text, video, picture, and instant messaging
- Music player compatible with MP3 format.
- FM Radio (headset required)
- Web browser
- E-mail access
- Organizer tools including calendar, alarm clock, memo, calculator, and stopwatch.
- Speakerphone for hands-free communication.
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- Hearing aid compatibility = M4/T4.
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