At the beginning of July, we gave you a thorough look at HTC’s new Wildfire S smartphone, and now we finally have a release date to give you with the first carrier to offer it – T-Mobile.
The Wildfire S is the latest in a long line of Android smartphones, but whereas most Android devices released these days are top-of-the-range, this slips in to the more “affordable” bracket of just $79.99 on a two-year-contact, and will be available on August 3 from T-Mobile USA.
If you are fussy about colors, there are two choices available to you. The white version can be yours from most nationwide retail stores, and the black version can be obtained by ordering online at T-Mobile. You can also go to Walmart and Sam’s Club if you prefer.
For $79.99, you do get a lot of bang for your buck. For that, you get yourself A Qualcomm MSM7227 SoC’s 600MHz CPU, but as we stated in our review, last year’s model was 524MHz CPU. Not much of an improvement then. It is by no means a slouch, but don’t expect it to fly, soar, swoop and catch prey all at the same time as Engadget found out when having troubles viewing some Flash enabled content and using the camera application.
But we don’t want to get too negative, as we have to remember that this is still not a top of the range model. Some excellent aspects lie within the most important uses of the phone itself. Voice clarity, and build quality are very well done and the 5 megapixel color camera with LED flash and auto focus is very good.
The 3.2-inch (480 x 320) display is vibrant, and good enough for touch screen navigation, although there are some apparent problems with its highly reflective screen which in some situations can really hinder its usage.
On to the battery, and whilst using the phone extensively, with Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi and playing Lego Star Wars continuously, it lasted just 5 hours and 15minutes, which isn’t all that bad. In a more life-like test, the phone managed over 30 hours of battery life from a single charge.
Overall, the HTC Wildfire S is a sound choice for those of you who want to make the jump from any old mobile to your first smartphone. It’s cheap, affordable, and does everything a modern smartphone does, albeit not as well.
Remember, you can check out our earlier review on the HTC Wildfire S in our previous article here, but what are your thoughts on the HTC Wildfire S?