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printed April 18, 2014
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Review: HTC Wildfire S

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Music

The Wildfire S includes a handful of avenues through which you can get your fix of old Prince and Madonna songs. First, it has the stock Android music application. HTC hasn't done anything to modify this software or make it more usable. It's not a terrible piece of software, but it is bare bones and skips advanced features. At least The Wildfire S includes doubleTwist's syncing software so side-loading isn't a complete pain in the rear.

The Wildfire S has an FM radio (headphones required). The FM radio works well. I was easily able to dial in the closest stations to where I live, but some of NYC's stations were more difficult to find and lock in.

The Wildfire S also ships with Slacker Radio if you're into streaming music rather than sideloading it or listing to boring old FM radio.

Lastly, the HTC Hub is on board. This is the only option pre-installed if you're interested in browsing for and purchasing music directly from the handset. It's not the most robust offering on the market, but a respectable percentage of today's Billboard Top 40 hits were available. The more obscure junk I listen to was harder to locate. You can always download the Amazon MP3 Store if you don't like HTC's selection.

 

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Video

The Wildfire S gave me trouble with video content that I sideloaded. Unprotected content (MP4s that I ripped on my own) wouldn't play in the Gallery/Video Player apps, despite the fact that the same files have played on nearly every other phone I've tested this year. Phone Scoop is still waiting for an explanation from HTC on this issue.

The stock YouTube application is on board, and any video captured with with Wildfire S itself plays back in the gallery application.

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