Тhe Wildfire was a very important phone for HTC since it brought Android to the masses by being more affordable then the high-end models but still offering a lot in terms of build quality,features and performance. The Wildfire S should do that and even more.
The design of the Wildfire S is pretty much the same as the Wildfire. The same durability in a compact form factor but with a better screen, smaller device and better aesthetic. The front of the device holds the 3.2”, 320*480 resolution LCD display that has good contrast and brightness levels and well saturated colors. Viewing the display in bright light is not a problem.
Below the screen we find the four capacitive buttons while above we find the earpiece and sensors. The left side holds the volume rocker and microUSB port while the right side is bare. On top we find the power button and the 3.5mm audio jack. The back holds the 5MPx camera with LED flash and the loudspeaker. Under the cover we find the microSD card slot, the SIM card and a 1230mAh battery that gives the HTC Wildfire S over 7 hours of talk time and 15 days of stand by
The HTC Wildfire S is powered by a 600MHz CPU, 512 RAM and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 2.1 UI. Considering that both are memory hungry and have a lot of memory consuming widgets we can say that the phone is underpowered so you can sometimes expect slowdowns or occasional stutters. You get 7 homescreens that you can customize as you please with widgets, and you have a lot of them that boost both functionality and user friendliness. Some of these include email,calendar,clock, music player and a lot of social networking through HTC's Friend Stream that includes Twitter and Facebook in one app.
The Phonebook is standard Android with social integration. Email and messaging on the HTC Wildfire S are the same as in any Android handset but it looks a bit different to keep it in theme with the rest of the Sense UI. Also the keyboard is pretty good though it might be a little hard to type for people with big fingers.
The HTC Wildfire S is equipped with a 5MPx autofocus camera with LED flash. Pictures are a bit under saturated and you also get shutter lag because the lack of a dedicated camera key but overall the details are plenty, contrast is great and even low light shots are good thanks to the flash. Video recording is done at VGA resolution with decent quality.
In terms of multimedia you get 32 GB microSD card support for all your music and video. The music player is good and very user friendly, also audio quality is good. Video playback is not recommended because of the low res screen but it's not entirely bad.
In terms of connectivity the HTC Wildfire S offers quad-band GSM, dual-band 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. Web browsing is decent, better than on the Wildfire thanks to the higher resolution. You get multi touch support and flash support with the native Gingerbread browser.
Overall the HTC Wildfire S is a neat, compact smartphone that lives up to the reputation as an affordable Android smarthpone with good features that the Wildfire established.