HTC Wildfire S Android smartphone

For the cost conscious caller

Viewing pleasure?

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.

HTC Wildfire S

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.

Verdict

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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HTC Wildfire S

HTC Wildfire S Android smartphone

HTC’s budget Android update now comes with improved screen and processor, plus Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Price: £230 RRP