Something else that doesn’t help the typing proficiency of this phone is its speed. Sporting just a 600MHz CPU, the phone can get a bit laggy while typing fast, and even navigating around the interface causes the odd slight pause. You can alleviate this somewhat by clearing the homescreens of most widgets, and again typing slower will heed better results, but those of you used to careering around your smartphones will find the Wildfire S not up to snuff.
One area where the lack of speed is felt most acutely is gaming. You can get away with the likes of Angry Birds just about – it’s playable if a little stuttery – but more graphically intensive fare like Reckless Racing is something of a no go.
All is far from lost for the Wildfire S, though. If you stick to smartphone basics like email, web browsing, Facebook, Twitter, GoogleMaps and YouTube you’ll be fine and indeed the Wildfire S perfectly fulfils its remit as a more compact and bijou version of larger smartphones – after all, you’re to expect a degree of compromise from a smaller device.
One area where this phone should be right on the curve is its OS. It runs the latest 2.3 version of Android so is packed with features. That said, because HTC has meddled with things, the benefits aren’t quite so obvious or indeed present at all. As well as the aforementioned changes to the keyboard, HTC also uses its own (admittedly quite good) text selection and editing interface, and the general smartening up of the interface that Google did in the latest version of its OS is masked by HTCs own stylings.
None of this is disastrous but it all adds up to an experience that feels not as good as it could have been.
One positive addition is HTC Sense. This brings together information from Facebook and Twitter and adds it to your contacts, giving you the ability to view all your friend’s information from a single view. In truth we’ve never really used this facility but it can be useful if you’ve forgotten a friends Twitter tag for instance or if you’re chatting to someone over multiple messaging services.