This is another budget smartphone from the Taiwanese manufacturer packing the same miniature build as its predecessor- the HTC Wildfire.In this review I'll be critically analyzing the Wildfire S on the ground of design, build quality, functionality and pricing after which I will give a final verdict.
Design- The HTC Wildfire S sports a decent TFT capacitive touchscreen and has a screen resolution of 320x480 pixels. You have at the front, four capacitive buttons namely Home, Menu, Back and Search which are quite responsive to the touch. At the top is the grill-like earpiece. There is a power button on the top and a volume rocker on the left side of the device. At the back is a 5MP camera accompanied with LED flash and a loudspeaker. It is highly concealable due to its miniature build.
Build Quality- HTC has stuck to its all-premium build quality in the case of Wildfire S. It is constructed completely out of aluminium(excluding the screen of course). The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla glass(super strong and durable); so even if you drop it, there won't be any scratches on the screen.
Functionality- While the HTC Wildfire S impressed us on the design end, it fails to do so as far as functionality is concerned. It's powered by an inferior 600 MHz Qualcomm processor. Though it does function reasonably smoothly while navigating through menus, it is a bit of a letdown while using the internet browser which supports only HTML( no Flash). It runs on HTC's optimized version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread which as always provides a lot of eye candy. There's a wide range of customizable options and the Sense 2.1 user interface(though a bit out-dated) is a pleasure to use. Due to its miniature build, texting on the S is a bit frustrating(unless you have small hands). The 5 MP camera can shoot some passable images and can record@24fps. Playing videos on the device may be a bit disappointing due to the small screen size.
Pricing- The HTC Wildfire S comes at a humble price of $260(USD), living up to its category of budget smartphones. HTC could have included a better processor and a better UI(not to forget Flash support), but we guessed that it wouldn't be a budget smartphone then.
The Verdict- Overall, with a good design and an eye-catching price tag; but some shortcomings from the functionality end, the HTC Wildfire S is a great phone only if you want to flaunt something shiny and has a brand name. Otherwise, it won't keep you happy for long. If you want a real budget Android device which has a balance of everything........go for the Samsung Galaxy Y which is priced $10(USD) less and has a faster 830 MHz processor, but a very basic 2MP camera.
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