HTC Wildfire S Phone Review


CPU Processing Speed

528 MHz


ROM: 512 MB
RAM: 384 MB
Expansion slot:
  • microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
  • Supports up to 32 GB


  • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
  • Standard micro-USB (5-pin micro-USB 2.0)


  • G-Sensor
  • Digital compass
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor

HTC Widgets

  • Bookmarks, Calculator, Calendar, Clock, FM Radio, Friend Stream, Mail, Messages, Music, News, People, Stocks, Weather, Settings (such as Profile, Ringtone, Wi-Fi™, Bluetooth®), and more
  • Downloadable widgets


  • Photos application for viewing photos and videos
  • Music
  • FM Radio
Audio supported formats:
  • Playback:.aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, mp3, .wav, .wma
  • Recording:.amr
Video supported formats:
  • Playback:.3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv
  • Recording:.3gp

Power & Battery

Battery type: Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
Capacity: 1300 mAh
Talk time:
  • WCDMA: Up to 440 mins
  • GSM: Up to 490 mins
Standby time:
  • WCDMA: Up to 690 hours
  • GSM: Up to 480 hours


Android™ 2.1 (Éclair) with HTC Sense™


  • 5 megapixel color camera
  • Auto focus and flash
  • Geotagging


  • Up to 7.2 Mbps download speed
  • Up to 384 kbps upload speed
  • Up to 114 kbps downloading
  • Up to 560 kbps downloading
  • IEEE 802.11 b/g


  • Bluetooth® 2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate
  • A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
  • FTP and OPP (object push) for file transfer
  • Other supported profiles: AVRCP, GAP, GOEP, HFP, HSP, PBAP, SPP, Service Discovery Application Profile

Recommended Windows System Requirements

  • Windows® 7, Windows Vista®, or Windows XP
  • HTC Sync Suite

Special Features

  • HTC Caller ID that shows the caller's Facebook© status and a birthday reminder
  • App Sharing that lets you recommend apps straight from your phone
  • Adobe® Flash® support on the web browser
  • In-built, dimmable flashlight
  • Ringer that automatically lowers the ring volume when you lift up the phone or mutes when you flip the phone face down


  • Internal GPS antenna
  • Google Maps™
  • HTC Footprints™


  • Internet sharing through USB


  • HSPA/WCDMA: 900/2100 MHz
  • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Asia Pacific:
  • HSPA/WCDMA: 900/2100 MHz
  • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

Wildfire S Review:

The HTC Wildfire is a budget Android smartphone with more than a passing resemblance to its larger cousin, the HTC Desire. Its rounded edges and rubberised, brown-grey finish are identical, and underneath the screen you'll find the Desire's optical trackpad. Here it’s paired with touch-sensitive buttons, though, while we prefer the feedback of real ones.

The key cost-cutting element is the screen. Its 3.2in display is a reasonable size, but it has a much lower 320x240 resolution, and is noticeably more pixelated as a result. That resolution is just half the pixels of an HTC Hero or Legend (320x480), and only a fraction of the Desire’s hi-res display (480x800). This means you have to zoom in further to make text legible on web pages, and photos lack crisp detail.
It still employs a capacitive touchscreen interface, which is smooth and supports multi-touch gestures. Despite the smaller screen the Wildfire lasted for 19 hours in our light usage test, around the same as the Legend and the Desire. Still, depending on how much you use 3G, WiFi and GPS, you should get a full day’s use out of a single charge.

It may be budget, but at least it’s up-to-date, using the popular 2.1 release of Android. It also has HTC's own Sense software installed, which includes user interface enhancements, a set of apps and widgets, and tweaks to Android that improve the management of Google, Microsoft Exchange and social networking accounts. Most notably, Sense can import your contacts from these accounts into its People app, and it will automatically look for duplicates and suggest contacts to merge.

The Wildfire is a little more compact than most Android smartphones, even those that also have 3.2in displays, which makes it more comfortable to carry in your pocket. Its size is another plus point when it comes to unlocking the screen, which, like on the Desire, can only be done by pressing the power button on the top edge of the phone. On the Desire, it's easiest to use your free hand to do this, while on the Wildfire you just have to shift your grip.

The 5MP camera is typical of mobile snappers, taking noisy shots that are fine for Facebook, but not half as good as those taken by a decent compact digital camera. Colour reproduction was good however, and it's good to see an LED flash on a budget smartphone, which helps to improve low-light shots.

Android 2.1 means the Wildfire has all the functionality of a more expensive handset, although its lower-resolution screen means that using it isn’t quite so much fun. If you primarily need a mobile phone, but want occasional internet, mapping, email and gaming, then this is an ideal choice. However, it’s worth spending a little extra, on HTC’s Legend or Desire, if you think you’ll be using its smartphone features more heavily. However, at only £15 a month on a generous (300 minutes and 300 texts) contract, it’s a very worthy winner of our Budget Buy award.

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