HTC Wildfire S, the Wildfire reloaded

HTC Wildfire S

The HTC Wildfire S is a Wildfire with facelift and some minor improvements. It was made to keep up with the competitors in the low-midrange zone. Take a look at its main features:

  • 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 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) with HTC Sense 2.1 UI
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n with hotspot functionality
  • GPS with A-GPS connectivity; digital compass
  • 5 MP autofocus camera, LED flash, geo-tagging and face-detection
  • VGA video @ 24fps
  • microUSB 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 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-fast boot times (if you don’t remove battery)

Full specs here.

The Wildfire S weighs 105 grams and measures 101.3 x 59.4 x 12.4mm. Under the screen we can see that the optical trackpad is no more available; the Wildfire has only the four touch sensitive controls: home, menu, back and search. On the left side it has the microUSB port and the volume keys while on the right side is completely bare. At the top it has the power button and the 3.5mm jack. At the bottom we find the mouthpiece and the lanyard eyelet.

The 3.2 inches LCD display is bright and has a HVGA resolution. The screen is quite reflective thing which makes hard reading outdoors. The colors quickly get washed out because of the bad viewing angles. The display has a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels and a pixel density of 180ppi.

From the 512 Mb of RAM only 418 are user-available. The amount of ROM memory is 512 M. the internal memory of the phone has 160 Mb and it can be expanded through a microSD card up to 32 GB. The Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset houses the 600 MHz ARM 11 processor and the Adreno 200 GPU. The phone has compass, accelerometer, proximity and light sensors.

The HSDPA speed is good at 7.2 Mbps but the HSUPA speed is the lowest at 384 Kbps. In 2G mode the EDGE speed can reach 560 Kbps. Wi-Fi has b/g/n protocols, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP + EDR and a the microUSB slot is v2.0.

The camera has a 5MP sensor and it can record VGA videos at 24 fps. The camera features are the following: touch focus, face detection, geo-tagging, continuous autofocus and others. The pictures quality is not as good as we would expect from a 5MP camera. The rendering is fine but the contrast isn’t. The noise level is good but the details are disappointing.

The battery capacity is smaller than on the Wildfire and the hardware configuration of the Wildfire S is a bit higher than the Wildfire’s. So we can see a lower battery life performance. The phone has a standby time of 570 hours and a talk time of 7 hours.

Overall the HTC Wildfire S is a good bargain especially if you check good deals for it on


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