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HTC Wildfire S (video review)
What's hot: Compact, affordable entry level Android smartphone.
What's not: No 4G, no Adobe Flash, relatively low res display.
Reviewed August 23, 2011 by Lisa Gade, Editor
in Chief (twitter: @lisagade)
The HTC Wildfire S is for those of you who are just getting your first touchscreen smartphone, and for those who prefer small phones. It's very affordable (free on T-Mobile's website and $79 in T-Mobile stores) but features HTC's usual excellent industrial design and solid core features.
The smartphone's specs are basic, and the HVGA 320 x 480 display and 600MHz Qualcomm CPU seem like a blast from Android's past (going back about 2 years). Despite that, the phone is responsive and the UI doesn't lag. It's not up to the demands of Adobe Flash video playback and hence doesn't ship with Flash, but you do get the usual capable Android Webkit full HTML web browser and mobile YouTube player. If you're looking for a phone to play demanding 3D games, Flash and HD video, the Wildfire S isn't your phone; look at the Samsung Exhibit 4G on T-Mobile for an entry to mid-level affordable Android phone that can do more.
The Wildfire S has the usual amenities: WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, a GPS and a 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash. It has 512 megs of RAM and 512 megs of flash storage plus a microSD card slot (a 2 gig card is included). It's available in white and dark gray.