The new HTC Wildfire S features several improvements over the original Wildfire model. It’s not only shed a little weight but put on more muscle where it counts. Time for the old Wildfire to call it a day and let its successor carry on its good name…
As far as wireless tech is concerned, the new Wildfire S comes with 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP. HTC’s first Wildfire, meanwhile, comes with 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), lesser 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP as standard. (1-0)
Size & Weight:
Get the tape measure out and the Wildfire S and the Wildfire measure 101.3 x 59.4 x 12.4mm and 106.8 x 60.4 x 12.0mm respectively. The Wildfire S is 0.4mm fatter than the Wildfire – you won’t even notice without a tape measure and a magnifying glass. The difference in weight is more noticeable. The HTC Wildfire S weighs 105g, while the original Wildfire is 118g. (2-0)
Nothing new to speak of here. The refreshed Wildfire S packs the same 5.0 Megapixel camera (with autofocus, LED flash, smile detection, geo-tagging and video recording) as the original. (2-0)
But here’s a major difference. The Wildfire S again incorporates a touch-sensitive LCD, 3.2 inches in size. But this time, HTC has boosted the resolution up to 320 x 480 pixels. Packing 153600 pixels into this 3.2-inch screen results in a pixel density of 180.313 pixels per inch (PPI).
The original Wildfire’s touch-sensitive LCD matches its opponent for size. Unfortunately, it boasts a lower resolution (only 240 x 320 pixels). The lowly pixel density of 125.0 pixels per inch is less than the 180.313 rating given to the Wildfire S. (3-0)
How nimble are these two phones? The Wildfire S there’s a slightly faster 600MHz CPU that comes from stock as yet unspecified by HTC. The classic Wildfire had a 528MHz Qualcomm MSM 7225 processor. (4-0)
When the first Wildfire launched, it ran Android 2.1 (Eclair) with HTC’s Sense UI baked in. It’s since been updated to run version 2.2, but won’t ever see the joy of Gingerbread (version 2.3). The Wildfire S, meanwhile, launches with Android 2.3 from the get-go, again customised with HTC’s Sense UI. (5-0)
In terms of storage, both phones feature a meagre, sub-£1GB chunk of internal storage, which needs to be boosted by a microSD card if you want to do anything useful. Like take and store photos with the 5.0MP camera. Both models feature a microSD card slot to ramp up the memory to 32GB. (5-0)
Calculating staying power can be a tricky process and we often have to go with what the manufacturer tells us. HTC boasts of 7.0 hours of talktime for the Wildfire S, versus 8.0 hours for the original Wildfire. The standby times are 360 hours for the Wildfire S and 690 hours for the Wildfire. The Wildfire S comes second in this round and the old-timer picks up its first point. (5-1)
Note: The Standby time specification is an industry standard that is only intended to allow comparison of different mobile phones under the same circumstances. Power consumption in a standby state is strongly dependent on factors including: network, settings, location, movement, signal strength and cell traffic.
The Wildfire S also includes GPS/A-GPS, G-sensor and a digital compass. In comparison, the Wildfire features s a stereo FM radio with RDS, GPS/A-GPS and a digital compass (5-0)
The HTC Wildfire S wins!
Here’s how this fight played out. The Wildfire S upgrades the specification of the original Wildfire in several key areas. It’s got a newer OS, a higher resolution display, a (slightly) speedier processor and upgraded 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. It remains one of the best budget Android options around.
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