The HTC Wildfire S
is not exactly unfamiliar to us - we fondled its compact curves back at MWC 2011
- but we won't pass up an opportunity to have a second play. Vodafone
offered us some hands-on time with one of its special edition versions; the carrier will offer not only the general white Wildfire S, but a grey model and a purple model.
Our initial positive impressions of the Wildfire S remain. The handset feels far more high-quality than its plasticky predecessor
, with the chassis and design more like that of the Desire S
. The UI may not be Sense 3.0 as on the HTC Sensation
but v2.1 is at least smooth-running and as consistent as we're used to.
The 600MHz processor feels equally capable, and the HVGA display is bright and crisp. We can see the Wildfire S being a particular success among those looking for a super-compact device that can easily drop into a pocket or purse when it arrives on the market this coming summer.
It's worth remembering that this is non-final software, and we can probably expect an even slicker experience when the ROM is polished.