The media player is basic but functional and can handle 3GP, 3G2, MP4 and WMV video files (no DivX or Xvid though) as well as AAC, AMR, OGG, M4A, MOD, MP3, WAV and WMA audio tracks. Films look reasonable on screen, but the still relatively low screen resolution means you’ll be unlikely to feel driven to watch often.
Budget Android smartphone that doesn't cut too many corners
The music player is also basic, with none of those fancy options for searching and identifying music and lyrics using the internet, and you’ll probably want to upgrade the rather woolly headphones it comes with. There’s an FM radio too, and it comes with a 2GB microSD card to boost the 512MB on board.
Despite its smaller size, the Wildfire S has the same 1230mAh battery as its predecessor, and it delivered just over two days of fairly heavy use – certainly better than you’ll get from the higher end smart phones.
It’s not top of the range but then it’s not meant to be, and the HTC Wildfire S makes some very reasonable compromises between flash and cash. It’s not that cheap though, and there are a few rival Android handsets offering a similar performance and features that cost less. But it’s still a solidly capable little device, with plenty to entice the Android newbie or smart phone fan on a budget, and who’s not in too much of a hurry. ®
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£230 is budget?
is it just me, or are the budget smartphones going up in price, as well as spec?
Nice wee phone though...just a bit pricey for me (it would be used instead of the POS work gave me).
... why wait?
Root and install CyanogenMod. Works great.
You should know this about it
The "S" phones have a signed bootloader which makes it currently impossible to root this phone without a hardware device to turn the security off.