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HTC Wildfire S

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2258 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the screen and design. The value for money and usability are also mentioned favorably, but many are less positive about the features. Comments are divided on the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the HTC Wildfire S is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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HTC Wildfire S Review


This practical HTC Wildfire S review goes over the strengths and weaknesses of this very cute phone from HTC.

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HTC Wildfire S (MetroPCS)


The HTC Wildfire S is a cute, tiny Android smartphone for MetroPCS. But at $179, it's also a bit overpriced and underpowered. It should satisfy users who aren't too demanding of their devices, but you can make a better choice for less money.

Cute and tiny. Bright, colorful display. FM radio

Low-end specs. Short battery life. Slow Internet

The HTC Wildfire S is an average, low-end Android phone for MetroPCS, and you can do better for less money.

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HTC Wildfire S (MetroPCS)


Is this the beginning of a beautiful relationship? MetroPCS is the next carrier to get the HTC Wildfire S, a petite, stylish, and relatively inexpensive Android 2.3 Gingerbread starter phone. While it's already available for T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular...

The HTC Wildfire S is a beautifully built Android 2.3 Gingerbread handset with a decent 5-megapixel camera and lots of additional software features.

Without compatibility for MetroPCS' LTE network, the Wildfire S is stuck at slow-as-slugs 2.5G speeds. Its small size makes it trickier to maneuver the Web.

Despite its small stature, the HTC Wildfire S is well-crafted and easy on the eye. Unfortunately, a slow data network holds it back.


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HTC Wildfire S (gray, U.S. Cellular)


If you think smartphones have gotten entirely too big, you may want to consider the HTC Wildfire S. The phone is diminutive by regular smartphone standards--it makes the compact iPhone 4S look towering--but it makes for a nice transition if you're used...

The HTC Wildfire S is a decent phone at a bargain-basement price. Despite its size, it's a full-fledged smartphone, which includes the user-friendly HTC Sense interface. For those wary of bulkier smartphones, the HTC Wildfire S offers a refreshing...

If you're used to any normal-size smartphone, this device is going to feel tiny. The small screen makes Web surfing, watching videos, and playing games tough. If you have large hands, steer clear

If you can get past its small size, the HTC Wildfire S is a bargain for first-time smartphone customers with few-to-no expectations.

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HTC Wildfire S (white, T-Mobile)


Dual-core and 4G smartphones might dominate the headlines these days, but the fact of the matter is that not everyone is after the latest and greatest. Some don't need all the bells and whistles; some are just making their first jump to a smartphone....

The HTC Wildfire S offers a decent set of features for a wallet-friendly price. The Android Gingerbread device has good build quality and call quality

The smartphone's compact size won't suit everyone. The smaller display makes it a bit hard on the eyes when viewing Web sites and video, and the camera's picture quality could be better

Its small size won't please everyone, but the HTC Wildfire S is a decent, entry-level Android smartphone for a very affordable price.

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HTC Wildfire S


Following the commercial success (and technical disappointment) of the original Wildfire -- which featured a miserly 528MHz CPU and QVGA display -- HTC has returned with the Wildfire S ($290). Like the Desire S and Incredible S, the company is sticking...

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HTC Wildfire S review: S-size droid


Mini phones are hot and HTC don't want you take 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...

Quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G support ; 7.2 Mbps HSDPA, 384 Kbps HSUPA support ; 3.2" 256K-color TFT capacitive touchscreen of HVGA (320 x 480 pixels) resolution ; 600MHz Snapdragon MSM7227 CPU, Adreno 200 GPU; 418MB of user-available RAM ; Android...

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

The whole S lineup by HTC is under clear instructions not to be too generous with the upgrades. The Wildfire S takes that almost literally but isn’t afraid to smuggle in something that’s actually worth it. In our case here, the screen is the major...

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HTC Wildfire S Review


Expectations around the HTC Wildfire S are, a little surprisingly, high. The third of HTC's new Android devices from MWC 2011 in February, the entry-level smartphone replaces the Wildfire, a device which managed to carve itself quite the niche among...

Those users are less likely to be concerned whether the Wildfire S’ low-end processor will scupper its chances for further Android updates, or indeed whether it will run the increasingly system-intensive games we’re seeing arrive on the platform. As a...

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HTC Wildfire S (T-Mobile)


The Wildfire S is a quad-band EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and dual-band HSDPA (1700/2100 MHz) device with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi; it connected to my WPA2-encryped home network without issue. Although it doesn't hit T-Mobile's higher speed HSPA+ network,...

Svelte design. Bright, colorful screen. Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) comes standard. Good camera

Short battery life. Weak reception. Useless speakerphone

The HTC Wildfire S isn't as impressive or as fast as high-end Android phones on T-Mobile, but it's inexpensive and offers virtually the same feature set.

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HTC Wildfire S Review


Much like the HTC Desire, the original Wildfire played a significant part in bringing HTC and Android to the masses. More affordable than its higher specced sibling, it was nevertheless endowed with HTC's trademark build quality and Sense UI. In our...

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Camera: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Video Resolution in Pixel:Unknown


Audio Playback: Yes
GPS Receiver:Built-in
I-Mode: No
Integrated Radio:FM Radio / No
Integrated TV Tuner: No
Java: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Push to Talk: No
Realtone: Yes
User Interface for Text:Touchscreen
Video Client: Yes


A2DP: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Memory Card Slot: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: No
USB: Yes
WiFi Data Exchange: Yes

Data Transfer

Technology:GSM/PCN / WCDMA (UMTS)


Display Technology:TFT Display
Number of Display Colours:262.144
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Elderly Friendly Phone: No
Operating System:Android
Operator:3 / EE / MVNO / O2 / Orange / Sim Free / T-MOBILE / Talk mobile / Tesco MB / Virgin / Vodafone
Product Type:Mobile Phone / Smartphone
Way of Buying:Contract / Prepay Pack / Sim Free


E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging: Yes
Push email: Yes
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