HTC has released another mid-ranged Android phone for those who were on a budget but wanting to get their hands on new phones. Introducing the HTC Wildfire S, this is an upgraded version of the HTC Wildfire running on the latest Android OS v2.3 Gingerbread. Reducing the phone size but maintaining the same 3.2 inch screen makes this phone under the list of most budget shoppers.
Screen resolution of this phone has been upgraded to 320 x 480 pixels as well so much brighter and color compared to the HTC Wildfire with only 240 x 320 pixels only. Screen size is same but with the added ambient light sensor feature which would auto adjust to the screen brightness according to dark or light situations.
Several upgraded features had been added to this phone also. For connectivity, HTC runs at 114 kbps. For EDGE is at 560 kbps and also at 3G is 7.2 Mbps for download while 384 kbps for upload. Wi-Fi has been upgraded as well. It supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and can say it’s a plus improvement for this phone. Bluetooth has been upgraded to V3.0 with A2DP. SMS function is a bit hard to type because of the small screen so the keyboard is squeezed together while in landscape mode the enter button is near the home capacitive button. Often we would accidentally pressed the home button instead of the enter button so hope HTC would improve this in the future.
The camera feature had not much of an improvement from the previous Wildfire. There is no secondary camera at the front just like the previous version. It comes with a 5.0 Mega Pixel camera and an LED flash at the back. Still picture capturing maximum resolution is 2592 x 1944 pixels. New added features to the phones camera are Touch-focus, Image stabilizer and Face detection. Video recording is not as great as it would appear lag when playing back the video. 720 x 480 at 24 fps appears to be not much of an appeal there.
Lastly the battery life is not so impressive but still acceptable. HTC Wildfire S uses Li-Ion 1230 mAh battery but its predecessor uses Li-Ion 1300 so the new HTC Wildfire had a weaker battery life than the old version. Standby time for this phone at 2G is 360 hours while at 3G is 570 hours. Calling time for 2G is 07 hours and 10 minutes while on 3G its 05 hours and 50 minutes. This phone does not have a dedicated mic and calling quality is soft.
Pros and Cons
Secondary camera would be greatly appreciated but unfortunately there is not one on this phone. Battery life should have been better than the previous version but this phone does not have a longer battery life than HTC Wildfire. Call quality and SMS keyboard interface should be taken care of as well to improve the basic features of the phone.