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Review: HTC Wildfire S

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The Wildfire S isn't loaded up with too much bloatware. There are 42 apps installed out of the box, with the bulk of them Google's own apps/tools. While the Wildfire S doesn't have Sense 3.0, it does have Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread. That means it is compatible with the bulk of apps available in the Android Market.


The Wildfire S can connect with mono and stereo headsets with no problems. I didn't encounter any issues when pairing different devices, and sound quality was very good. Phone calls were nearly perfect via Bluetooth, and even music through stereo Bluetooth headphones was acceptable. The Wildfire S also supports the ability to pair with computers and other phones and pass files back and forth.


The Wildfire S has a good clock that appears on the lock screen. It is a large, white digital clock on a dark background, making it easy to see, even from an arm's length. Once unlocked, the Wildfire S has the standard HTC digital clock plus weather report on the home screen.

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Google Maps is the only navigation software available on the Wildfire S out of the box. I really like the latest version of Google Maps (v5.8) because it now offers offline use (in case you roam out of network coverage) as well as 3D maps for a limited number of cities. T-Mobile typically offers TeleNav's navigation software, but it isn't on this phone for some reason. Of course, you're free to scour the Android Market for your favorite brand of navigation tools.

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