HTC Wildfire S
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In a sea of mammoth devices, the HTC Wildfire S is a nice break as it measures 4 x 2.3 x 0.49 inches and weighs only 3.7 ounces so it will slip into a pants pocket easily. The smartphone boasts an excellent build quality and has a matte rubbery backing which should be resistant to scratches. At U.S. Cellular you can get it in either purple or gray.
The downside of a compact design is a smaller display, in this case a 3.2-inch 480 x 320-pixel resolution (HVGA) screen which is somewhat difficult to use by those who have larger digits. In addition, viewing web pages and reading text is slightly more challenging on a smaller screen, but the flips side is that it offers support for pinch-to-zoom and sports an accelerometer.
Below this display you will find an array of four touch sensitive keys for the home, menu, back and search functions. Looking on the left side of the HTC Wildfire S we find the micro USB port and the volume rocker, while on top sits the 3.5 mm headphone jack and the power button.
The phone comes with a good set of features for its price tag, offering a speakerphone, speed dial, voice command, smart dialing, conference calling, text & multimedia messaging, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS with A-GPS, 802.11n Wi-Fi and 3G support.
The smartphone is running on Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread and on top of that is HTC’s Sense UI. Unfortunately, the Sense version fitted to this one is two generations old, which means that you will not benefit from the new upgrades like the revamped lock screen for example. The good thing is that it comes with most of Google’s services, like turn-by-turn navigation, mail and YouTube. U.S. Cellular also throws in Your Navigator Deluxe, Daily Perks, along with third party apps like Amazon’s app store and Audible.
At the back of the HTC Wildfire S is a five megapixel camera that has an LED flash and it can record videos up to a maximum resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. Some of the settings offered by the camera include ISO, white balance, face detection, effects and others as well. The quality of the photos is not something to write home about, especially when taking photos inside, but given the affordable price tag of the device, the quality is somewhat understandable.
The smartphone is powered by a 600 MHz processor which is enough to offer a smooth user experience, even though it’s not one of the fastest CPUs out there. The 1,230 mAh lithium ion battery of the device is rated to last for up to 6.7 hours of talk time or up to 13 days in standby.