The HTC Wildfire was a successful handset for the manufacturer. A new version, the HTC Wildfire S, has just been announced, and promises to bring a number of upgrades and refinements over the original version.
The handset measures 101.3 x 59.4x 12.4 mm, and weighs in at 105 grams. It is a stylish handset which is pocket friendly and head turning. The front is dominated by a 3.2 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, and this is able to display up to 256 thousand colours within its pixel resolution of 320x 480. This makes it a great phone for viewing photos, watching video, playing games and surfing the internet. It has both proximity and accelerometer sensors built in, and a touch sensitive shortcut panel. The HTC Sense UI is the manufacturer’s custom Android skin. The new version 3 of the user interface is highly customisable and packed with innovative features such as the ability to assign 7 individual homescreens, and the Friend Stream social networking app. This utilises feeds from various social networking sites and consolidates them into one screen.
512 MB ROM and 512 MB RAM are provided as standard, as well as a microSD slot which is able to accommodate a memory card of up to 32 GB meaning that an entire digital music collection can be stored within the phone along with numerous files of several different multimedia formats.
The HTC Wildfire S is also a competent web browsing device. This is thanks to HSDPA in areas with 3G coverage providing download speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps as well as GPRS and EDGE. Wi-Fi offers a faster and more reliable connection when users are able to access local wireless networks. Bluetooth and microUSB as well as GPS with A-GPS support are also included, the latter of which allows location based services like geo-tagging, Google maps, digital compass etc to function by tracing the location of the phone.
The HTC Wildfire S is an impressive cameraphone boasting a 5 megapixel offering which comes with LED flash and the aforementioned geo-tagging function. Included is the ability to record video footage, and adding an alternative method of image capture.
Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the latest version of the popular software, is the operating system of choice. This comes with access to the Android Market whereby users can choose from over 100,000 apps which can be downloaded directly to the phone. Multiple messaging formats are supported, such as SMS, MMS, Email and IM, making it a handy all rounder for keeping in touch. The standard package of Google features (included with all Android phones) is provided as standard, including search, maps, Gmail, and Google Talk features.
The HTC Wildfire S is a stylish all rounder which makes the perfect choice for avid social networkers, as well as those seeking a versatile multimedia device with impressive touchscreen functionality and web browsing capabilities.