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HTC Wildfire S

HTC Wildfire S

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72 Global Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
72

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The Wildfire S is a compact handset with strong voice quality to match, but it's held back by a weak CPU.

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72 Global Score
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
72

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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User Reviews

70
Error909
This was one of my first touch screen phones. It has nice design and it was...read more
90
pabloixx
just have internal memory issues (too small).
70
anandmaharajan
brand htc, and camera are good
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Score Breakdown

 
70
Average Critic Score
 
70
SlashGear
The HTC Wildfire S has a similar balance to make: it may be new but its specs aren’t, and it may be cheap but other smartphones match it, older perhaps but, thanks to aiming higher in the first place, still outclassing it on paper at least.
 
70
PC Mag
The HTC Wildfire S isn't as impressive or as fast as high-end Android phones on T-Mobile, but it's inexpensive and offers virtually the same feature set.
 
70
GSM Arena
The Wildfire S is a charming little handset that will rather be friends with than try to impress its potential users.
 
80
Tech Advisor
The little HTC Wildfire S's attractive design makes up for what it lacks in specifications.
 
80
Engadget
Despite its limitations, the phone offers a compelling set of features at a price that's hard to ignore.
 
60
PC Mag
The HTC Wildfire S is an average, low-end Android phone for MetroPCS, and you can do better for less money.
 
60
CNET
Despite its small stature, the HTC Wildfire S is well-crafted and easy on the eye. Unfortunately, a slow data network holds it back.
 
70
Ubergizmo
I would recommend it only to casual users who are primarily attracted to the Wildfire S industrial design.
 
50
PocketNow
If you're looking for an entry-level phone, but want all the features and benefits of Android, this is the phone for you.