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HTC Wildfire S review

HTC's latest Android phone is nice and small, but does it offer too little?

HTC Wildfire S review: Contacts and calling

Clicking the Phone button that permanently sits at the bottom of the Wildfire S' screen brings up the dialler, which sits atop your complete list of contacts.

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There's a nice little toggle in the bottom-right of the screen, which lets users quickly sort the entire contacts section, choosing not to display people the phone has sucked in through Twitter or Facebook. This is very useful for temporarily hiding people who don't have phone numbers.

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Editing individual contact pages presents hours of fun. You can allocate different ringtones to different people, block callers and even specify a default action when clicking on the name. For example, having it so that pressing on a contact opens up a new email to that person rather than accidentally phoning them.

The widget even puts an appropriate icon on their profile image, so you know what the default action is – or if there's not one already allocated, it'll ask you to set one the first time you press it.

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Contacts can be linked, too, so if there's someone in your SIM list you've known for 20 years who has only just got around to signing up for a Twitter account, you can press the little chain link on a person's page and link their boring SIM contact to their exciting new online pseudonym.

The Facebook integration is as good as ever - things like people's statuses popping up when you phone them and a little alert to tell you it's their birthday are brilliant.

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The Android dialler offers many options for human-to-human voice chatting, even letting users put people on hold. For fun. The phone's mobile network connection was good, and voice quality when making calls was also perfectly respectable.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory512 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourDark Grey
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Battery Talk Time7.16 Hour
Product ModelWildfire S
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Screen Resolution480 x 320
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)105 g
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height101.3 mm
Width59.4 mm
Depth12.4 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time360 Hour
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameWildfire S Smartphone
Processor Speed600 MHz
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeG-sensor, Digital Compass, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Accelerometer
Manufacturer Part Number99HMM152-00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
Marketing Information

Surf in style

Your HTC Wildfire S knows that the online world, is your world. Being offline is not an option. With the HTC Wildfire S, surfing the web is easy. Enjoy multi-window browsing, watch text resize automatically on screen as you zoom in and out, and simply highlight text to quickly look up what you're reading about on Google, Wikipedia or YouTube. You're as connected on the move as you are at home.

Snap, tag and share

Whether it's a photo you've snapped with your HTC Wildfire S camera, or one you've received, it's easy to share it on Facebook and other social networks. Select any photo you want on your phone, upload it and tag it for all your friends to see.

Share apps in a snap

The Android market has over 100 thousand of the latest applications, games and tools that you can download straight to your phone and easily share with your friends. So you can fill your phone and your life with everything you love.