Pros Cheap ($199 with Telstra starter pack)
Durable, and soft backing is easy to grip
Excellent web browsing and social network apps
Dedicated GPU for gaming
Cons Low internal memory is a constant problem
QWERTY keyboard hard to use in vertical orientation
Small screen often requires zooming when browsing
Small screen and low speed processor don't favour gaming
Summary Upgraded to from an E61, because I was going on holidays and wanted a better internet capabilities on my phone. This cost $199 with a Telstra pre-paid starter kit, and it's been worth the money. Google Maps was invaluable while travelling, and Facebook and web browsing are both smooth and relatively easy to use.
The small QWERTY keyboard is a bit difficult to use at first. Running the calibration program helps, and turning the phone horizontal increases the size of the buttons. I'd still recommend a larger screen for anyone with large finger tips.
The phone feels quite solid, for its size. I've dropped it on hard surfaces a number of times and it's never missed a beat. I always get a protective film for my phone's screen, no matter what it is, so I can't really comment on how durable the surface is.
My only big gripe with the Wildfire S is the low internal memory. The phone claims to have 512mb of internal memory, but only 150mb is available to the user. This gets filled up very quickly with updates to pre-installed applications and temporary files. While this phone does include the app2sd functionality, many of the programs will not transfer to the SD card without hacking. This means that clearing the cache and restarting the phone absolutely needs to be done on at least a weekly basis, as dropping below about 15mb of free space will prevent application updates and slow the phone's performance considerably.
The Wildfire S does include a dedicated Graphics Processing Unit, which theoretically should improve gaming performance, although I don't have an original Wildfire to compare. However, the small screen, low internal memory, and slow CPU mean that the Wildfire S still isn't really meant for intense 3D gaming. It runs 2D apps like Angry Birds without any problems, but I have to wonder if the GPU is just a waste of battery.
In summary, I'm giving the phone 3.5 stars. For the price, it's an excellent buy, and if you just want standard phone functions and a good social networking experience, this will certainly give it to you. If it weren't for the issues with internal memory, I would give it a 4.5, but in my opinion this issue should have been better addressed.
Pros Small Size
Cons Small key board
Summary I've had a smart phone with big screens and big PDA size dimensions since 2004. It's nice to see a very portable phone with a small size that can do what the big smart phones can. I am very happy with the small size because I now use a tablet to read books ,watch videos or play games instead of my phone so I really don't need a big screen. Plus I've cracked so many screens thur the years because for the larger size. The HTC Wildfire S is definately fast enough for YouTube, GPS, Ebay, Internet and basic games like Angry Birds and board games. I have had this phone for two weeks now and have loaded tons of apps and games with no problems with having a slow processor or freezing up. The downloads are definately slower. But once the apps installed the phone was able the handle the processing load. I Love this phone and I hope the everyone else follows HTC with shrinking the phones again.
Pros has NFC technology,easy web-browsing(text re-flows when you zoom in), nice touch, good personalization,fast(for me), good resolution.
Cons could be slow(not for me), may develop problems with the keyboard.
Summary the phone is a affordable phone. yet, it has many features which certain high-end phones don't have.
Pros Super portable, with enough bells and whistles to keep it competitive (camera, flash, wifi, GPS, radio antenna. youtube).
Cons Small size means a small screen, slight lag when switching between some apps, despite it's 512 MB of RAM.
Summary I'd have to disagree with the above review, the camera is actually quite respectable (considering the price base here). You won't be filming 1080p video, for sure, but I've been using it to take pictures of cargo at work and the details and text in the picture is quite eligible. The built-in flash also acts as a great flash light (just watch out for that battery level).
The only real downer is the tiny screen 3.2 inches is small. It makes the on-screen keyboard even harder to use. And it makes reading eBooks less enjoyable. But really... when it's in your pocket it's so small and light you sometimes forget it's even there.
Good for mid-range to low-range buyers.
"love this phone"on by thiek2
Pros very well built and a joy to use
Cons camera is rubbish
Summary Will buy another HTC just hope they improve the camera, 5mp but lense is rubbish so images are not at all crisp, shame. would have rated 5 star otherwise.