HTC Wildfire S (Metro PCS) Video
HTC Wildfire S (Metro PCS) Video Transcript
Hey, everyone. This is Jessica Dolcourt for CNET. Today I'm taking a first look at the HTC Wildfire S for MetroPSC. Now, this is almost exactly the same phone as the Wildfire S for T-Mobile and for U.S. cellular. One of the biggest characteristics is the small size. The petite size is getting some (tenses?) because it is very easy to carry around and not everybody wants a phone the size of a miniature tablet. But it also bad because the 3.2-inch HVGA screen could be hard at times to read and there is less screen space for typing. Overall, this is a well-built phone anyway you look at it. It's very solid. It looks very pretty and premium. And it comes in this white color for MetroPCS. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with an older version of HTC Sense On here. That's the custom interface that HTC uses on top of Android. There's a 5 mega pixel camera with a flash then it has a 600 megahertz processor. So this is definitely not the fastest phone on the block. Interestingly, this is the first HTC phone for MetroPCS. I think this is a great thing because HTC typically makes good phones and I'd love to see more high quality devices of the sort with the carrier. Unfortunately, MetroPCS is not known for having the fastest speed because it doesn't have a 3G network and because this is not one of their 4G LTE phones, so it will work very slowly. If you're looking for a phone with speedier data, you should probably keep looking. The phone costs $180 without a contract. I'm Jessica Dolcourt looking at the HTC Wildfire S for MetroPCS.
Its small size won't please everyone, but the HTC Wildfire S is a decent, entry-level Android smartphone for a very affordable price.
This tiny little Android handset packs a surprising punch, with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the HTC Sense UI, and a 5-megapixel camera. It's now available prepaid without a contract from Virgin Mobile.
Designed for international markets, the HTC Wildfire is a compact, budget-friendly Android phone packed with features, but you can find similar devices in North America for less on contract and with added 3G support.
The Wildfire S is a great bargain, particularly if you're dabbling with smartphones for the first time and don't mind the smaller screen and design.
For Alltel customers on a budget, the HTC Wildfire is a very affordable and decently featured Android phone, but it comes at the cost of screen quality and processor speed.
The Pantech Crossover is a well-built entry-level Android smartphone for AT&T customers who want a physical keyboard.
At $300, the Play:3 is a tad pricey, but it's an attractive, well-built speaker that's definitely a good addition to the Sonos line.
The Fujifilm FinePix S5200 is a well-designed, well-built camera with very good performance. It's a bit large, however, and artifacts in its photos may turn off some shooters.
The Nokia 6086 is a well-built, basic camera phone with good call quality, but its most impressive feature is its ability to make calls via Wi-Fi.
Looking for an Android smartphone on Metro PCS with 4G? The $199 ZTE Anthem 4G could be what you seek, that is if you don't mind its Gingerbread software and slow processor.
HTC Wildfire S (MetroPCS) Review
The good: The HTC Wildfire S is a beautifully built Android 2.3 Gingerbread handset with a decent 5-megapixel camera and lots of additional software features.
The bad: Without compatibility for MetroPCS' LTE network, the Wildfire S is stuck at slow-as-slugs 2.5G speeds. Its small size makes it trickier to maneuver the Web.
The bottom line: Despite its small stature, the HTC Wildfire S is well-crafted and easy on the eye. Unfortunately, a slow data network holds it back.
HTC Wildfire S (MetroPCS) Specs
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